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These Mexican side dishes are inspired by Latin flavors and ideal for pairing with tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more!

Mexican side dishes

Making a Mexican-style dinner and looking for some sides? Try these Mexican style side dishes, inspired by the best of Latin flavors! These recipes honor the great tradition of Mexican cuisine, and highlight this incredibly rich culinary experience. Some are more traditional, others are free-form interpretations on a theme. From bean dip to Spanish rice to Mexican slaw, there are loads of options to pair with tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more.

And now…our top Mexican side dishes!

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Want more Mexican side dishes or other ideas? Here are a few more ideas for tasty sides and other Mexican style recipes, listed by type, diet, and more!

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Bean dip

20 Mexican Side Dishes: Bean Dip & More!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This intensely delicious bean dip recipe takes literally 5 minutes. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this party favorite!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 15-ounce cans or jars borlotti or pinto beans*
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese**
  • 8 ounces mild or medium salsa
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan: no need to drain or rinse the beans (add the can liquid too)! Warm it over medium heat until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Mash beans gently with a masher if you’d like a smoother texture. Taste and add another pinch of salt if necessary.
  2. Serve immediately with tortilla chips. If desired, you can garnish with chopped veggies: we used a bit of finely chopped tomato, red onion and green onion with a drizzle of Cholula hot sauce.

Notes

*We used 2 13-ounce jars of borlotti beans we found at our local grocery, but pinto beans work just as well!

*For a healthy spin, use half the cheese or go to Refried Bean Dip (no cheese).

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Mexican side dishes

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 for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. I was searching the web for some side dishes for fish tacos during Lent, and glad I found these!