Tacos can make for a great lunch or busy weeknight meal. And choosing the right taco side dish can make all the difference. Here are 20+ delicious ideas for what to serve with tacos that will take your meal to the next level.
We love tacos in my family because they're so versatile. From traditional beef tacos, to ones made with chicken, fish, or other seafood like Shrimp tacos, there's a kind that will please most any palate.
I also like to use the Instant Pot for a lot of taco dishes as it cuts down cooking time. Some favorites include Instant Pot Mexican shredded beef, Instant Pot pulled pork, and Instant Pot Salsa Chicken.
But it can sometimes be challenging to find the right dish to serve alongside tacos, especially ones you don't want to spend too much making.
🌟 About these recipes
That's why I compiled a list of more than 20 easy taco side dishes. From crunchy to creamy and salsas to slaws, there's something for everyone. And most take just a few minutes to put together. Examples include:
- mango pico de gallo
- restaurant style salsa
- cucumber tomato salad
- air fryer corn ribs
- grilled asparagus in foil
- corn with basil lime butter
🍽 Serving ideas
What makes these dishes so fun are that you can serve them in so many different ways. Use a hollowed-out pineapple for Pineapple Mango Salsa. Or serve Filipino Macaroni Salad with pork belly tacos to really accentuate the sweet, rich flavors.
Corn, bell peppers, black beans, and slaws all go great with tacos. The sweetness of the corn and bell peppers can cut through richer meat tacos made with pulled pork and beef, while beans will complement them. And tangy slaws add some nice acidity to seafood tacos. Jalano and habanero peppers are also great ways to add flavor and heat. If you want the flavor without the heat, try poblano peppers. If you don't use them often, you can freeze poblano peppers and dice them up as needed for side dishes.
You can store leftover taco meat in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you need to save it for longer periods, it will keep for up to four months in the freezer. Before storing, allow the meat to cool completely, then place it in an airtight container or freezer bag to help prevent freezer burn.
🍳 Kitchen tools and equipment
Ready to make these recipes? Here are the kitchen tools and equipment you'll need:
Any standard-size air fryer will work for the air fryer recipes. I use a Ninja Foodi 10-quart Dual Zone Air Fryer, which I LOVE because it's so easy to clean and it air fries quickly. Any 6-quart or 8-quart basket-style air fryer or tray-style air fryer will work, too.
Other kitchen tools
I also use a variety of smaller tools to help with a lot of these recipes. They include:
- Spoon or spatula - wooden spoon or heatproof silicone spatula to stir ingredients together.
- Cutting board and sharp knife - A sturdy cutting board and a sharp kitchen knife are essential as many of the recipes call for chopped veggies and fruits.
- Tongs - I use stainless steel tongs to flip most foods in the air fryer. They're heatproof and sturdy.
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