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It’s taco time! Want to make them into a complete meal? Here are all the best sides to go with tacos, from coleslaw to bean dip.

Best sides to go with tacos
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It’s taco night! How much do you love tacos? In our house, Alex and I eat them very often. So often, in fact, that we’re often looking for great sides to serve them with! And honestly, it can be difficult to find the right sides to compliment the the meal: outside of chips and salsa, that is. So what are the best sides to go with tacos?

Here, we’ve put together a list of our very favorite side dishes to go with tacos! Yes, we’ve got the standard chips and salsa: but lots of other options too! A crisp coleslaw flavored with cumin and lime, traditional Mexican street corn, a tangy black beans and rice salad…well, let’s just get to the recipes!

And now, the best sides to go with tacos!

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Homemade refried beans

Refried Beans (& More Sides for Tacos!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 ½ cups (4 servings) 1x
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It’s so simple to make refried beans at home, and they taste amazing! All you need is a few simple ingredients and 15 minutes. 


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans or 3 cups cooked pinto beans, plus ¾ cup can liquid or water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Mince the garlic. Drain the beans and reserve the can liquid in a glass measuring cup. (Use water if using cooked beans.)
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant but before it browns.
  3. Turn the heat to medium low and carefully add the beans (liquid hitting oil can cause it to spit!), ½ cup of the reserved can liquid, cumin, chili powder, and kosher salt. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding the remaining ¼ cup can liquid when it starts to become drier. (How long you cook will depend on the bean brand or whether you’re using beans cooked from dry.) When the liquid gets thick and the beans become easy to mash, remove from the heat. Mash with a potato masher until the desired texture is reached. If you’d like to loosen up the texture, add more water. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

And some favorite taco recipes

Of course, we couldn’t leave you with just the sides! Here are our top favorite vegan and vegetarian taco recipes:

Tip: Try a tortilla warmer!

The best way to keep those tortillas warm while you eat? A tortilla warmer! Alex and I don’t buy many gadgets that have only one purpose. But we haven’t found a better way to keep tortillas warm! It’s basically an insulated pouch traps in the heat and keeps them perfectly heated. At the rate that we eat tacos around here, it’s a godsend.

Get one: Tortilla warmer $14

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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