25 Tasty Taco Side Dishes

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Ever wonder what goes with tacos? Here are 25 good taco side dishes to serve up for your next taco night (Taco Tuesday, anyone?). These taco sides are gluten-free and vegetarian!

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There’s no arguing that everyone loves a good taco night! This delicious Mexican dish has grown in popularity all over the world and it’s no wonder why. Tacos are versatile dishes that are full of healthy ingredients and have a rich savory flavor with just the right crunch. They can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and can also be served as an appetizer or snack.

Tacos are served with either soft or hard tortillas and filled with your choice of ingredients and toppings. The tortillas are usually filled with tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, onions, cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese. While tacos are traditionally composed of a choice of meat like chicken or beef, they can definitely be made a vegetarian-friendly dish (packed with vegetables!) and can be easily modified to fit into anyone’s diet.

While tacos are already mouthwatering on their own, no one would want to pass up the opportunity to add a great side dish to their taco. Tacos go well with a variety of sides including dips, salads, rice, and drinks.

If you’ve been wondering what to serve with tacos, we’ve come up with a list of favorite side dishes that will complement your delicious taco. These perfect side dishes will add varied textures and will help balance the flavor of your taco. Try out these vegetarian and gluten-free for your Taco Tuesdays and instantly impress the crowd.

What Goes With Tacos? 25 Delicious Taco Side Dishes

Corn Fries
Savory with a hint of spice, these corn fries made Mexican street corn-style are just about the best thing to ever grace this blog! Gluten-free, vegetarian.
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Fermented Honey Jalapeño Hot Sauce
This Southwestern-inspired hot sauce will win you over with its candy-like sweetness, as well as subtle, fresh-tasting heat from the jalapeños. It's a match made in heaven and suits a wide variety of dishes to boot!
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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad – Salt & Lavender
This Mexican street corn salad pasta recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy grilled corn all summer long! You will love the zesty chipotle lime dressing! Big elote taste!
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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad - Salt & Lavender
Vegan Instant Pot Mexican White Bean Soup (+ Stovetop Instructions)
This comforting and heart-warming White Bean Soup is packed with flavorful Mexican spices for a truly delicious vegan soup recipe that is healthy, easy to make and can be made with soaked or unsoaked dry white beans! Both Instant Pot pressure cooker and stovetop instructions are included for this spicy, smoky, keto friendly soup!
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Mexican Brown Rice – Cookie + Kate
Healthy Mexican rice that tastes amazing! This recipe is made with brown rice. Bake it all in the oven for perfectly fluffy rice.
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Mexican Brown Rice - Cookie + Kate
Fresh Tomatillo Salsa
No cilantro is to be found in this fresh, vibrant and easy spin on salsa verde. This green tomatillo salsa is slightly tangy, slightly spicy, vegan, and complements a variety of Mexican and non-Mexican dishes alike.
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Instant Pot Refried Black Beans – Running on Real Food
These healthy, vegan Instant Pot Refried Beans are so easy to make and so full of flavour, you’ll never go back to canned beans.
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Cheesy Butternut Squash Casserole (Gluten-Free, Vegan Option)
This super comforting Butternut Squash Casserole is filled with Mexican spices and some cheesy goodness for one delightful and versatile vegetarian dish certain to please the pickiest of palates! Gluten-free, with a vegan option, too!

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili – Running on Real Food
An easy, hearty, healthy recipe made with sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, jalapeno and red peppers.
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili - Running on Real Food
Easy Pickled Cabbage Recipe
Learn how to make quick and easy pickled cabbage recipe in this informative post! Pickled cabbage can add a dash of crunch and tang to a variety of dishes, making it a wonderful condiment to have on hand in the refrigerator.
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Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca) – Peas and Crayons Blog
This fresh and tasty Pico de Gallo is my go-to topping for tacos, salads, nachos, tostadas, chili, tortilla chips, + more! Vegetarian + Vegan
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Pan de Yuca
This easy and delicious gluten-free cheese bread made with tapioca flour, has its roots in Ecuador. Pan de Yuca will become a dinner table staple in no time!
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Cilantro Lime Slaw Recipe – Peas and Crayons Blog
This quick and easy cilantro lime slaw (Mexican coleslaw) is our favorite healthy topping for shrimp tacos, fish tacos, and veggie burgers galore! Delicious!
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Baked Gluten-Free Hatch Chiles Rellenos
A super easy and tasty take on classic Chiles Rellenos! A gluten-free, baked, cheese-filled egg dish with deliciously spicy roasted New Mexican Hatch green chiles.
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Fresh Pineapple Salsa – Cookie + Kate
This fresh pineapple salsa recipe will be a big hit at your next party! It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and 100% delicious. It’s easy to make, too!
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Fresh Pineapple Salsa - Cookie + Kate
Gallo Pinto Recipe
Gallo Pinto is a rice and beans dish with its origins in Central America. This take is inspired by my time living in Costa Rica and how I most frequently experienced this dish. It is so tasty and filling that I love to introduce it to others who may not have experienced it yet! You can also find this recipe in my book, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
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Easy Spicy Pickled Red Onions (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Super easy and flavorful Spicy Pickled Onions make a great addition to your favorite dishes! Naturally gluten-free and vegan. Refined sugar-free, too!
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Easy Spicy Pickled Red Onions (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe (Copycat) | Little Sunny Kitchen
Add a little pizzazz to your rice with this delicious Chipotle cilantro lime rice. It’s the perfect side to any main that everyone will love.
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Easy Spicy Sauerkraut with Turmeric
This probiotic rich Spicy Sauerkraut recipe with turmeric, red chili flakes, and black peppercorns is bursting with flavor and anti-inflammatory + gut health benefits! Easy, healthy, vegan, gluten-free and DELICIOUS! Learn all about how to make sauerkraut, health benefits, and more in this informative recipe post!
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Spicy Cilantro Avocado Hummus (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
An ultra creamy, healthy, and delicious Spicy Cilantro Avocado Hummus that is vegan, gluten-free, and super quick and easy to make!
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Vegan Quinoa Fiesta Salad with Chipotle Dressing
This quinoa salad is made with healthy ingredients like black beans, chipotle sauce, corn, bell peppers, green onion, tortilla chips, shredded lettuce, tomato, tempeh and avocado.
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Vegan Quinoa Fiesta Salad with Chipotle Dressing
The Best Mango Salsa Recipe
This Mango Salsa is always a hit whether serving at home or while entertaining a crowd. With ripe juicy mangos, lime and a subtle touch of spice, the well rounded flavors complement a large variety of dishes. This salsa recipe can also be found in my cookbook, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
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Black Bean and Corn Salad – Foolproof Living
This colorful vegan Black Bean and Mexican Corn Salad is loaded with vegetables and all the Mexican flavors we all love. Whether you serve it as a side dish, salsa or just by itself for lunch, it is guaranteed please. Ready in less than 20 minutes and can be made ahead.
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Spicy Southwestern Vegan Corn Chowder with Quinoa, Potatoes + Red Lentils
An easy, healthy, and delicious protein-packed gluten-free vegan Southwestern Chowder chock-full of corn, potatoes, quinoa, red lentils, green chiles, chipotle peppers, veggies and an amazing blend of spices. This amazingly delicious vegetarian chowder is incredibly filling, comforting, and flavorful and makes a great lunch or dinner!
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Mexican Street Corn
This Mexican Street Corn recipe is a common Mexican street food that is made by grilling corn on the cob and then coating it with a mixture made up of mayonnaise, sour cream, cotija cheese, chile powder, and lime. Also called elotes, this easy to make Mexican Corn On The Cob Recipe is a perfect appe…
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25 Tasty Taco Side Dishes

Ever wonder what goes with tacos? Here are 25 good taco side dishes to serve up for your next taco night (Taco Tuesday, anyone?). These taco sides are gluten-free and vegetarian!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 2 tomatillos husks removed
  • 1 poblano pepper halved & stem removed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper halved & stem removed
  • 1 white or yellow onion halved
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • sea salt or pink salt to taste


  • In a high speed blender or food processor, combine all of the above ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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