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What To Serve With Pozole – 39 BEST Side Dishes

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

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

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with pozole are tostada shells, baked potatoes, and Southern cornbread. You can also serve a side of grilled avocado, cabbage cucumber salad, or Mexican street corn salad. For a fun option, try jalapeno poppers or cheesy herbed garlic bread.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.


Starchy sides are the way to go if you want to make your pozole meal more filling. 

Try tostada shells if you want a crunchy element, or why not enjoy a slice of cornbread to help you mop up that delicious broth?

Tostada shells

Tostada shells are a classic partner for a hearty soup like pozole.

The shells are great for dipping and dunking in your soup, or you can crush them up and use them as a crunchy topping.

Either way, your guests will love them. And they only take 15 minutes to make.

Why we love this recipe: it’s an easy make-ahead side dish.

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Baked potato

Leftover pozole is great over a baked potato for lunch.

The fluffy potato soaks up the rich pozole sauce, so every single bite is filled with flavor.

And you only need simple pantry ingredients like butter, salt, and ground pepper to make this side delicious. It’s so convenient.

Why we love this recipe: it’s the perfect pick-me-up after a long morning.

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Baked potato
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Smashed potatoes

Southern cornbread

This Southern cornbread is super indulgent because it’s made with butter AND bacon drippings (yes, bacon drippings!).

It’s not healthy… but everyone deserves a treat sometimes right?!

Its crumbly texture makes it the perfect soup topping. But make sure you save a few bites to wipe your bowl clean once you’ve finished the soup.

Why we love this recipe: you can’t go wrong with the classics.

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Cilantro lime rice

Rice is an everyday staple you can rely on.

But it doesn’t have to be boring.

You can easily jazz it up with a few simple additions like lime juice and cilantro.

The acidity from this rice dish will help balance out all the rich savory flavors in the soup.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a quick, budget friendly side dish.

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Cheesy herbed garlic bread

Try some Mexican-American fusion with cheesy garlic bread.

The bread is loaded with gooey mozzarella, cheddar, and fresh herbs like parsley.

It’ll have your kitchen smelling so good, and your tummy will be happy too.

Psst… use freshly minced garlic for the best flavor. Garlic powder won’t be the same.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Mexican-inspired dishes

Serve your pozole with these dishes for the ultimate Mexican feast! 

I love making elotes, but you can also whip up a batch of esquites (Mexican street corn salad) for an easier meal. 

Looking for a sweet after-meal treat? You can’t go wrong with a tres leches cake or a creamy flan.

Baked jalapeno poppers

Stick with the Mexican theme and serve jalapeno poppers alongside your pozole.

These jalapeno poppers are stuffed with all your favorites – cheddar, bacon, and cream cheese.

You can dip them right into your pozole, or make a buttermilk ranch dip to help cool off some of the heat.

Why we love this recipe: it’s fun and can work as a starter or a side.

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Mexican street corn salad 


Brighten up your rich Mexican stew by serving it with a stunning Mexican corn salad.

It takes the flavors of Mexican street corn and puts it in salad form, leaving you with a melting pot of different flavors and textures.

You’ve got spiciness, creaminess, and cheesiness.

Why we love this recipe: it’s dangerously addicting.

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Veggie fajita quesadillas

Fajita veggies are one my favorite dishes to make in advance. 

They go well with anything and they’re even an excellent filling for quesadillas! 

Just stuff them inside your tortillas, add the cheese, and you’re good to go. 

Enjoy these veggie-loaded quesadillas with a side of pozole for the ultimate Mexican-inspired comfort meal. 

Why we love this recipe: they’re great for packed lunches. 

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Mexican flan

After indulging in a hearty soup like pozole, a creamy dessert is a must.

The smooth Mexican custard is hard to resist, but once you add the sweet caramel sauce on top… this dessert becomes truly irresistible.

Pro tip: for a fresh citrusy twist, add a teaspoon of orange zest to the custard mixture.

Why we love this recipe: it’s made with only five simple ingredients.

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Lighter options

Pozole is a rich, boldly-flavored dish so lighter side dishes are always a welcome addition. 

I usually go with a simple salad like jicama slaw, but you can also try a shrimp dish for a fun twist on the classic surf-and-turf?

Cabbage cucumber salad

Shredded cabbage is usually a garnish for pozole, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a side out of it too.

This cabbage cucumber salad is super refreshing thanks to the light and crunchy cucumber, and it’s also got some sweet notes to it from the apple.

The addition of corn makes it pretty as a picture.

Why we love this recipe: it has the right balance of fresh and creamy flavors.

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Jicama slaw

This jicama slaw is an excellent fresh accompaniment to your pozole.

It offers a lightly crisp bite and a refreshingly bright flavor to cut through your soup’s tender elements and richness. 

Pro-tip: use a mandoline or a boxed grater to easily shred the jicama. And if you can’t find jicama, green apples or radish work as a stand in.

Why we love this recipe: a serving only has 40 calories. 

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Jicama slaw
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Grilled avocado

Add a pop of creaminess to your soup with avocados.

But not just any avocado… try these grilled avocados. The grilling adds a smoky flavor, and of course the famous grill lines.

Or if you want to get really fancy, make smoked guacamole, spread it on some crusty bread, and dip it in your pozole. YUM.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a summer side that only takes 5 minutes to make.

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Garlic butter shrimp

Add some more protein to your pozole with this garlic butter shrimp

You’ll have a Mexican version of surf and turf!

Psst… to add a little bit of heat to your shrimp, sprinkle in a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a fancy dish that’s sure to impress.

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The best side dishes to serve with pozole

  • Tostada shells
  • Cabbage cucumber salad
  • Baked potato
  • Grilled avocado
  • Baked jalapeno poppers
  • Mexican street corn salad
  • Southern cornbread
  • Cilantro lime rice
  • Garlic butter shrimp
  • Cheesy herbed garlic bread
  • Mexican flan

What To Serve With Pozole [39 Ideas]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your pozole.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pozole side dishes, what to serve with pozole
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 96kcal


  • 1 portion tostada shells
  • 1 portion baked jalapeno poppers
  • 1 portion jicama slaw
  • 1 portion southern cornbread
  • 1 portion cabbage cucumber salad
  • 1 portion mexican street corn salad


  • Prepare your pozole according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: tostada shells, baked potato, southern cornbread, cilantro lime rice, cheesy herbed garlic bread, baked jalapeno poppers, mexican street corn salad, veggie fajita quesadillas, mexican flan, cabbage cucumber salad, jicama slaw, grilled avocado, and garlic butter shrimp.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 96kcal

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