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What To Serve With Fajitas – 39 BEST Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your fajitas, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for fajitas.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with fajitas are mango guacamole, cilantro-lime black bean rice, and refried beans. You can also serve an easy chopped salad, street corn pudding, or jicama slaw. For an unusual but tasty option, try cactus salad or a tex mex spaghetti squash bake.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Mango guacamole

Treat your taste buds by topping your fajitas with this jazzed-up guac. 

The juicy, ripe mangoes add a sweet, tropical note that pairs well with the creamy avocado and zesty lime juice. 

Pro-tip: make your guac just before serving to stop it from turning brown. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s easy, fresh, and healthy.

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Mango guacamole
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Grilled guacamole
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Deconstructed guacamole boats

Cilantro-lime black bean rice

Turn your fajitas into a kind-of-burrito with some rice.

But don’t go for plain rice – that would be boring.

Flavoring the rice with some fresh cilantro and lime gives it a sharp kick that will cut through the spices in your fajita and keep things light.

Why we love this recipe: it’s effortlessly delicious.

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Cilantro-lime black bean rice
Make it low-carb
Mexican street corn cauliflower rice
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Restaurant-style Spanish rice

Skillet sweet potato and kale hash

Fajitas aren’t just for dinner, they’re great for brunch, too – especially when you serve them with this sweet potato hash. 

A twist on the typical potato version, the sweetness from the potatoes contrasts with the more bitter kale to give a perfectly balanced bite.

And the cherry on top is the perfectly fried eggs with bright, runny yolks. 

Why we love this recipe: it gives you the energy to start your day right.

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Skillet sweet potato and kale hash
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Sweet potato hash browns
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Skillet potato and egg hash

Jicama slaw

This slaw highlights jicama, a root vegetable with a crunchy but juicy texture that makes it ideal for summer slaws.

The slaw also has a pretty unique dressing.

Lime juice and balsamic vinegar may be an uncommon pairing, but it gives the slaw and addictive sweet and sour flavor.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a bright and nourishing side dish for your fajitas.

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Crunchy jicama slaw
Make it wintery
Kale slaw with honey lime dressing
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Seriously good homemade slaw

Instant pot refried beans

Refried beans are a must-have for your tex mex spread. 

They’re like the Mexican version of mashed potatoes – rich, velvety, and oh-so-delicious. 

And the secret to the best refried beans? Using dried beans.

It takes a bit longer, but if you have an instant pot you can skip the pre-soaking step and just throw the dried beans straight into the pot.

Why we love this recipe: it gives you stove top instructions too if you don’t have an instant pot.

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Instant pot refried beans
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Refried black beans
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Charro beans

Easy chopped salad

A simple salad is a fantastic accompaniment for your fajitas when you’re in a rush.

Or if you just can’t be bothered to do anymore cooking!

Sticking with the Mexican theme, this salsa features corn, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and more.

Psst… Not a fan of lettuce? Swap it for some spinach or even shredded broccoli. 

Why we love this recipe: you can add in and take out whatever you want!

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Tossed green salad
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Grilled caesar salad
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Three-bean salad

Mexican street corn pudding

I’m a grilled corn fanatic, but this pudding takes the cake for the best corn side dish

It’s rich and cheesy, so you only need a small portion to feel satisfied.

And it works as a starter before the fajitas, or as a fun side dish.

Psst… Mexican street corn salad is great with fajitas too.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a creative way to celebrate the flavors of Mexican street corn (elotes).

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Garlic butter fried corn

Fried plantains

Try a fusion meal and serve some fried plantains next to your fajitas.

The best part about them? Unlike potato chips, they’re flavorful enough on their own that you don’t need to smother them in seasoning.

Why we love this recipe: you only need two ingredients!

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Fried plantains
Make it spicy
Kelewele (spicy plantains fires)
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Sweet and sticky plantain

Pico de gallo

Not a fan of guacamole?

Another great topper for fajitas is pico de gallo.

The chopped tomatoes make it super juicy and they have a sweetness to them that goes nicely with a spicy fajita mixture.

Psst… there are loads of variations from strawberry and pepper to pineapple and cucumber.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a low-calorie way to add more flavor to your meal.

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Add fruits
Mango avocado salsa
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Salsa Verde

Nopales (cactus salad)

Fancy trying something different?

What about a cactus salad?

The taste is hard to describe, and is sometimes likened to ‘sour green beans’ but this makes it sound not very nice, which is far from the truth!

You have to try everything once right?

Psst.. this is great with steak tacos.

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Cactus salad
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Another Mexican classic

Mexican roasted zucchini

This roasted Mexican zucchini is the perfect low-carb side to serve with your fajitas. 

The zucchini is flavored with classic elote spices and then finished with a spritz of lime juice – kind of like elotes but without the corn!

Why we love this recipe: it’s super healthy but doesn’t lack any flavor.

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Calabacitas (Mexican summer squash stew)
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Mexican street corn-style grilled zucchini

Tex-Mex spaghetti squash bake

Another great low-carb option is this spaghetti squash bake. 

This dish requires baking your spaghetti squash noodles with beans, salsa, an egg, and feta cheese, resulting in a cozy casserole. 

It’s a delicious alternative to your usual rice and pasta dishes. 

Psst… you can roast your spaghetti squash in advance to make your prep easier.

Why we love this recipe: you only need 5 main ingredients.

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Skip the spaghetti squash
Avocado pesto zoodles
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Roasted spaghetti squash

Cheesy green chile and avocado rice quesadillas

Give your plain old cheese quesadillas an upgrade by stuffing them with green chiles, rice, and avocado. 

But what really elevates these is the serrano pepper salsa – it adds a peppery, herby contrast to the creamy quesadilla filling. 

Pro tip: learn how to reheat quesdillas

Why we love this recipe: it tastes as good as it looks.

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Cheesy green chile and avocado rice quesadillas
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Jalapeno popper quesadillas
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Avocado cilantro lime rice

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