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What To Serve With Mexican Street Corn [10 BEST Sides]

Mexican street corn, also known as elotes, is a popular (you guessed it) Mexican dish. Grilled corn smothered in a mix of mayonnaise, cheese, and spices like chili powder. You’ll often see it enjoyed during summer gatherings or at street fairs.

Can’t decide what to serve with your Mexican street corn? Look no further. This article reveals 10 delicious side dishes that will take your Mexican street corn to the next level.

The best dishes to serve with Mexican street corn are beef burritos, baja fish tacos, roasted red pepper and mushroom quesadillas, and cilantro lime grilled shrimp. You can also go with bourbon baby back ribs and Maryland crab cakes. For a cozy option, try chicken tortilla soup.

Mexican rice

Say hello to the most flavorful rice you’ll ever taste.

Mexican rice, with its rich tomato base and a hint of garlic and onions, is more than just a side dish, it’s a journey to Spain in a bowl. The best part? It’s surprisingly easy to make and it all comes together in one pot.

Pro tip: Use low sodium stock to keep the salt levels in check.

Why we love this recipe: it’s so much better than plain rice.

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Beef burritos

The trick to perfect homemade burritos is to layer the elements correctly.

Wet elements like guac or saucy meat should be sandwiched between dry things like rice and beans to prevent the tortilla from getting soggy. And remember to toast the wraps before serving. The recipe recommends using an air fryer to get that crunchy bite.

Why we love this recipe: you can freeze these – imagine having burritos anytime the cravings hit? And here’s some tips on how to reheat the burritos)

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Baja fish tacos

This taco fully deserves a spot in your taco Tuesday rotation. 

It features an excellent combination of crispy fried fish and a refreshing citrus slaw topped with chipotle mayo. Sounds heavenly, right?

The recipe may have a long ingredient list but don’t worry – they’re all easily accessible.

Why we love this recipe: these tacos are even better than the ones you get at restaurants.

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Cilantro lime grilled shrimp

Planning to grill your Mexican street corn? Hit two birds with one stone and toss some of these shrimp skewers on the grill too. 

They couldn’t be any easier to make – they get a bright, zesty flavor from the cilantro lime marinade and an added smoky flavor, thanks to the grill. 

Pro-tip: unlike meat, shrimp won’t do well with an overnight marinade, so don’t let these soak for more than 90 minutes. 

Why we love this recipe: it transforms simple ingredients into a tasty treat.

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Bean salad

Dive into a colorful mix of beans with this vibrant three bean salad.

I use a blend of black, kidney, and pinto beans, but you can use any kind of beans you have on hand. Bell pepper and onion are added for crunch and then everything is tossed in a delicious dressing.

For best results let the salad marinate for at least 30 minutes, but overnight is better.

Why we love this recipe: it’s pack with protein.

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Bourbon baby back ribs  

If you love BBQ ribs, this recipe is a must-try. 

No need to set up a smoker – these ribs are cooked low and slow in your oven to get the most tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat. And then they’re slathered with a finger-lickingly good homemade bourbon BBQ sauce.

There’s even a hint of heat to contrast your creamy Mexican street corn.  

Why we love this recipe: no one will be able to resist seconds.

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Maryland crab cakes

This is my go-to crab cake recipe because the focus is on the crab rather than the filler.

The key lies in using lump crab. This ensures you get big chunks of crab meat throughout each patty. It’s slightly pricier than other types, but it’s well worth the extra bucks. 

Psst… making crab cake is one of the best ways of using leftover crab meat.

Why we love this recipe: it has a 4.9 rating from 533 reviews.

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One of the best things about quesadillas is that you can fill them with anything you want!

These ones have roasted red peppers and mushrooms… and if that’s not filling enough for you, you can add some black beans. The only non-negotiable is cheese.

LOTS of cheese.

Why we love this recipe: it’s super easy to customize.

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Homemade baked tortilla chips and salsa

Tortilla chips are a quintessential accompaniment to any Mexican dish. 

You can easily buy them at your local grocery store, but if you have 30 minutes to spare, why not try making them from scratch? These baked tortilla chips involve minimal preparation, and you can season them with whatever you want.

Why we love this recipe: they’re perfect for scooping up a Mexican street corn salad.

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Avocado tomato salad

If you’re after a simple side dish that screams summer, look no further than this avocado tomato salad.

Juicy cherry tomatoes and creamy avocado slices are drizzled with a simple olive oil and lime dressing, then sprinkled with fresh cilantro. It’s the perfect cool-down companion for a spicy Mexican street corn.

Why we love this recipe: it’s the epitome of freshness.

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What To Serve With Mexican Street Corn [10 Side Dishes]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your Mexican street corn.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican street salad side dishes, what to serve with Mexican street salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 110kcal


  • 1 portion Mexican street corn


  • Prepare your Mexican street corn according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: beef burritos, baja fish tacos, cilantro lime grilled shrimp, bourbon baby back ribs, Maryland crab cakes, roasted red pepper and mushroom quesadillas, and homemade baked tortilla chips and salsa.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 110kcal

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