10 Best Sides to Serve with Enchiladas

Here are all the very best recipes for what serve with enchiladas or fajitas! Try our tangy slaw, black beans and rice, guacamole, and more.

What to serve with enchiladas

Looking for what to serve with enchiladas to make it a meal? We feel you. Enchiladas are some of our very favorite recipes to serve when we’re entertaining. They’re filling, over-the-top delicious, and everyone always loves them. But how do you pair recipes that fit the vibe and complement the main dish?

Here are all our favorite recipes for what to serve with enchiladas. Bonus: all of these recipes work as sides to serve with fajitas, too! Think: crisp Mexican slaw, fresh tomato and avocado salad, zesty black beans and rice, and of course: chips and guac. Ready to get to the recipes?

And now…our top sides to serve with enchiladas (or fajitas)!

First up in our best sides to serve with enchiladas: this tangy Mexican slaw! It features shredded cabbage, carrots, and thin sliced red onions, mixed with tangy apple cider vinegar and cilantro. Two types of cumin are featured here: ground and cumin seeds, which gives it a unique flair. The fresh vegetables are the perfect complement to the rich cheesy enchiladas!

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Another classic idea for what to serve with enchiladas: black beans and rice! This Latin-style side dish features black beans, jumbled with rice and green bell pepper, and seasoned with cumin, lime and cilantro. Cook your rice on the stovetop, or use the Instant Pot for a hands off method.

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This guacamole is one of the best homemade versions out there! The ingredients are simple, but the meld of flavors is balanced and smooth. This spin skips tomato, which makes for a smoother overall consistency. The recipe is easy to whip up; the vegetables are chopped in a food processor, and then mixed in with mashed avocado and lime juice. Add tortilla chips as a classic side to serve with enchiladas or fajitas.

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This flavorful and easy Mexican quinoa recipe features black beans, corn, zucchini and tomatoes. To bring big flavor in an easy way, it's mixed with olive oil and fajita seasoning. It makes for a seriously tasty side to serve with enchiladas: and leftovers save well for lunches.

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Of course, chips and salsa are the favorite side to serve with enchiladas or fajitas! Here's our very best salsa recipe for when ripe tomatoes are plentiful. It's got just the right tangy, garlicky and savory flavor so you won't be able to stop dipping! If it's not the season for tomatoes, try our Roasted Tomato Salsa or Salsa Verde instead.

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This tossed salad works as a side for just about anything But paired with our Creamy Avocado Dressing, it's a natural fit to serve with enchiladas or fajitas! It's full of crunchy vegetables: radishes, carrots, cucumber, and red and green onion, and topped with Homemade Croutons.

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This mix of fresh veggies is a perfect fit with Latin-style flavors! Ripe tomatoes, cool cucumber and avocado are mixed with red onion, cumin, and lime. It's extremely refreshing and a fantastic contrast to rich, baked flavors.

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Here's everyone's favorite side to serve with enchiladas, fajitas or tacos: Mexican street corn! Elote is grilled corn that’s slathered in a sauce of sour cream, mayonnaise, and chili powder, and sprinkled with cheese. It’s a popular snack served by street vendors in Mexico, so it’s often called Mexican street corn. Serve it with tangy lime and cilantro, and the crunch of the corn against the creamy, messy sauce is pretty much to die for.

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Refried bean dip is a perfect side to serve with enchiladas: but most bean dips are full of cheese, which would make for a cheese heavy meal. This one, though, is the perfect fresh and healthy spin! There's no cheese but it's full of big flavor, relying on onion, japaleno, and cumin to do the heavy lifting.

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And last up in what to serve with enchiladas and fajitas: grilled avocado! If it's grilling season, a tasty way to prepare avocados is simply grilling them, which adds a smoky flair. Top with salsa fresca, pico de gallo, or black bean & corn salsa, and you've got a stunning and unique side!

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Mexican coleslaw recipe

Tangy Mexican Slaw

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x


This tangy Mexican slaw is the perfect side to serve with enchiladas or fajitas! Deliciously fresh and tangy, it features cabbage, red onion, cilantro, and cumin.



  • 8 cups shredded cabbage (1/2 large or 1 medium head green cabbage; or do half red cabbage and half green)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot (1 large or 2 medium carrots)
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Thinly slice the cabbage. Shred the carrot. Thinly slice the red onion. Finely chop the cilantro.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together. Taste and add additional salt or pepper if needed. Serve immediately. (Make ahead: slice the veggies in advance and store refrigerated. Mix together with the vinegar, olive oil, cumin seed, ground cumin, salt and pepper directly before serving. Store leftovers refrigerated; if you find the flavor needs refreshing, add a splash of vinegar, drizzle of olive oil and pinch of kosher salt to taste.)

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: What to Serve with Enchiladas, What to Serve with Fajitas, Mexican Slaw, Mexican Coleslaw

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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