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What To Serve With Taco Salad – 11 Delicious Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for taco salad.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with taco salad are elotes, spicy guacamole, jalapeno bread, Mexican rice, or corn pudding. Chips and salsa are a popular side, with options like blueberry, corn, and pineapple salsas. For something unique and tasty, try avocado fries. And churros is the best dessert!

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Mexican rice

What else could be better to accompany your Mexican meal than Mexican rice?

It is a welcome and comforting addition to any Taco Tuesday menu.

The best part?

It is such a breeze to make.

This Mexican rice is heavily seasoned but the taco salad’s fresh vegetables and tangy dressing will balance it out.

Spicy guacamole 

Guacamole is a staple of Mexican cuisine, so this list wouldn’t be complete without it. 

But if it is too plain, it gets boring.

An easy way to jazz up your guacamole is to add a cheeky dollop of Sriracha.

It will add a little pop of fieriness to the normally fresh flavor of avocado.

Spoon a glob of spicy guacamole over your taco salad and serve – YUM.

Chicken enchiladas

If you want to be a bit extra for your summer taco buffet get-together, serve enchiladas.

Your guests will be swooning over these cheesy, juicy, and flavor-packed chicken enchiladas (they’re easy to make veggie too). 

A total crowd-pleaser!

And you can use any extra sauce to drizzle over your taco salad. 

The dish may sound daunting, but it is simple to prepare. Check out this easy-peasy recipe from Isabel Eats.

Avocado fries

I thought I’d tried it all when I had some avocado ice-cream.

Then I came across these avocado fries. 

They’re the perfect option if you have some leftover avocado from making your salad.

The fries have a crispy texture and creamy, nutty interior that’s surprisingly moreish. 

This avocado fries recipe will soon be a family favorite (and they’re super healthy!).

Mexican corn pudding

Do you enjoy corn but hate getting all the skin stuck in your teeth?

One way to enjoy its buttery sweetness without that issue is to make corn pudding.

The creamy and cheesy corn bake will complement your lighter taco salad. And the added jalapeños give it a kick. 

This Mexican street corn pudding is served in fancy little individual ramekins (but you can use a normal casserole dish too).

Chips and salsa 

When it comes to “what goes with taco salad”, there is nothing more traditional than chips and salsa.

But salsa isn’t just about tomatoes. There’s a lot to try.

Sweetcorn, mango, or pineapple salsa would all add a wonderfully fruity sweetness to your salad.

But if you want something truly unique, go for this refreshing blueberry salsa. It tastes like summer.

Jalapeno bread

Want your taco salad to be the star of the show but think it needs something more? 

Well what it needs is some bread to mop up all the leftover sauce. 

And this cheesy jalapeno bread is flavorful enough that you only need a small slice, so you don’t have to feel too guilty. 

Sallysbakingaddiction has a no-knead recipe that even first-time bakers can follow along with. 

Psst… cornbread would work too.

Spicy refried beans

You could cheat and use refried beans from a can, but that would be doing a disservice to your taco salad. 

Homemade is always best, and your taco salad deserves the best.

These refried beans will be warm, filling, and a little bit spicy – don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

Follow this recipe for the BEST refried beans you’ve ever tasted.

Cheesy beef quesadillas

Most Mexican food is fun, but I think quesadillas are the most fun.

They’re ideal for a party because people can grab however many slices they want. 

And they’re not too heavy, so won’t overshadow the taco salad. 

Top the quesadilla with some guacamole or the salsa I mentioned above for an even tastier treat.  

Don’t want to use beef?

You can also use chicken or veggies for your quesadillas.


Can’t think of what to serve alongside your taco salad at a backyard bbq?

This juicy, charred Mexican street corn (elotes) is a summer party must-have.

After grilling, smother the corn in a creamy, cheesy, tangy sauce and garnish with cilantro. 

It’s a bit messy to eat – but worth every bite.

This flavor-packed elote recipe will look great next to your taco salad.


Churros have this irresistibly addictive flavor that is perfect when you want to indulge into something sweet after your taco salad.

I like a caramel dipping sauce, but to keep everyone happy you’ll need a chocolate option as well. 

Churros are easy to make when you know now, and I can guarantee everyone will love them.

So make a double batch of these delectable churros to make sure there’s enough for seconds!

The Best Side Dishes To Serve With Taco Salad

  • Mexican rice
  • Spicy guacamole
  • Chicken enchiladas
  • Avocado fries
  • Mexican corn pudding
  • Chips and salsa
  • Jalapeno bread
  • Spicy refried beans
  • Cheesy beef quesadillas
  • Elotes
  • Churros

What To Serve With Taco Salad

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your taco salad.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: side dishes for taco salad, what to serve with taco salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 141kcal


  • 1 portion taco salad


  • Prepare your taco salad according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: Mexican rice, spicy guacamole, chicken enchiladas, avocado fries, mexican corn pudding, chips and salsa, jalapeno bread, spicy refried beans, cheesy beef quesadillas, elotes, and churros.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 141kcal

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