Need some fresh ideas on what to serve with fajitas? Our list of 10 tantalizing sides for your next Mexican fajita feast will do the trick.
Mexican food is all about family, friends, and togetherness. The region’s staples, like fajitas, encourage interaction and conversation during the meal. This makes it an ideal choice for family meals and dinner with your friends.
A classic fajita will contain some sort of spiced meat like pork, chicken, or beef. The meat is most often cooked with garlic, onions, and peppers. These scrumptious ingredients are traditionally topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese. And they’re served encased in a soft and warm tortilla wrap.
If you don’t eat meat, you can easily replace it with black beans. Many also include fresh lettuce and tomato in the fajita wrap for a bit of crunch. But no matter what you add, the fajita remains the pin-up child of hand-held Mexican delight.
What to Serve with Fajitas
With meat, vegetables, and a tortilla making up this dish, the mighty fajita could well be a standalone meal.
But we don’t need a reason to have something equally delicious on the side to support our fajita mains. And if you’re catering for a party, side dishes will help stretch this wrap from heaven a little further.
We’ve rustled up 10 irresistible side dishes to make your fajita meal the Mexican fiesta it deserves to be.
1. Corn Tortillas
Fajitas are generally soft and juicy pillows of yumminess. So, it’s a great idea to compliment them with something crispy.
Tortillas are made with cornmeal, salt, and water and provide the perfect filler. And their subtle and simple taste won’t kill the beautiful flavors of your fajita.
Serve your tortillas with classic Mexican guacamole and/or salsa.
You could make the tortillas yourself, but you would need a tortilla press to really pull this off. Grabbing a good-quality bag of tortillas from the store will be quick.
2. Mexican Street Corn
Another traditional side dish, and a favorite snack in Mexico, is Mexican street corn. And it ties in nicely with your main fajita dish, as you’ll also eat these with your hands.
Grilled corn is already such a morish side dish. But when you’re making Mexican street corn, or elote, the real flavors are in the sauce that goes with it. The sauce contains sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, cotija cheese, garlic, lime juice, and chili powder.
This creamy sauce brings balance to the spiciness of the fajitas. After grilling your corn, simply brush the sauce on, garnish with fresh cilantro, and enjoy.
3. Mexican Black Bean Soup
Fajitas are most often considered a summer food, but you can turn them into winter warmers too.
A great way to do this is to serve your fajitas with a hot and hearty Mexican black bean soup. It’s like the spicy Mexican version of grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup.
All you’ll need for the soup are black beans, onion, garlic, red pepper, and tomatoes as the primary ingredients. For that spicy Mexican flavor, you’ll add chili powder, cumin, and coriander, with vegetable bouillon powder.
For an added Mexican twist, serve this chunky, soothing soup with a dollop of guacamole on top. You won’t regret it.
4. Chorizo Con Papas
Chorizo con papas is another Mexican household staple and is super easy to make. The name chorizo con papas means Mexican sausage and potatoes. And that’s exactly what this side dish is.
Imagine soft parboiled potatoes fried with thick chunks of fatty, spicy Mexican chorizo sausage, garlic, and onion. As simple as it is, this combination of ingredients tastes terrific.
However, you can always spice things up by adding chili powder or chipotle peppers to the dish. Make it look even better by garnishing it with fresh chopped cilantro when serving.
5. Mexican-style Creamy Grilled Peppers
If you’re looking for a slightly lighter side dish that compliments your fajita filling, then grilled peppers are the answer. And this Mexican-style creamy grilled pepper side is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
All you need to do is fry strips of bell peppers with garlic, onions, Mexican oregano, and fresh corn. Once softened, you’ll pour in some heavy cream and grated cheddar cheese. This creamy side dish is ready to serve when the sauce has thickened and reduced a little.
Serve it with cotija cheese, fresh cilantro, and lime for a bit of acidity. The flavors will offset the spiciness of your fajitas and have your guests asking for more.
6. Jalapeno Poppers
Jalapeno poppers are a popular starter, side dish, and party platter food across the globe. And they’ll make a great addition to your Mexican-themed fajita meal.
While the jalapeno may bring some added heat to the meal, the cooling cheesy filling will counteract it all well.
All you need for the filling is cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise. Mix these together and stuff your halved and deseeded jalapenos with the filling. Bake them until the filling starts to bubble and serve them hot or when cool.
If you’re feeling adventurous and have the time, you could even try a crumbed and deep-fried version.
7. Spicy Mexican Rice
While rice can be filling, it’s a typical side dish in Mexican cuisine. And this easy, spicy Mexican rice will pair great with your fabulous fajitas.
This is a one-pot dish and will only take you about 30 minutes to make. Simply fry garlic and onion in a deep pan, add the rice and toast it. Then throw in vegetable broth, tomato sauce, corn, carrots, peas, chili powder, and cumin.
Once the rice is cooked, stir in some chopped tomatoes and garnish with fresh cilantro. For a slight extra tang, serve your spicy Mexican rice with wedges for fresh lime. Your tastebuds won’t know what hit them.
8. Corn & Avocado Salad
Serving any kind of salad with a meal is always a winner. And this Mexican-inspired corn and avocado salad is destined to be a hit with your family and friends.
It’s the ideal solution if you don’t have much time on your hands. The salad is cool and crisp to complement the warm and melt-in-your-mouth wraps.
Fry fresh corn until browned. Then assemble your salad, adding avocado, red onion, cotija, mayonnaise, chili powder, and minced jalapenos and garlic.
Finish it off by squeezing some fresh lime juice over it and garnishing it with cilantro.
9. Avocado Shrimp Salsa
Avocado and shrimp have been bosom-buddies for the longest time and are a perfect pair in this tasty salsa.
Sauté your shrimp until cooked, then leave it to marinate in plenty of fresh lime juice. Add diced avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, finely chopped onion, garlic, and fresh cilantro.
The avocado shrimp salsa side serves as a creamy, juicy, and acidic companion to the spicy fajitas.
10. Mexican Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted potatoes are a classic side in any home because they’re the epitome of deliciously gratifying comfort food. And this spicier Mexican version is bound to amaze.
Here the potatoes are quartered and parboiled. Then they’re coated with a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, and coriander.
Once on the baking tray, grate parmesan cheese over them and bake until golden and crispy. Your Mexican fajita and roasted red potatoes meal will be the talk of the town.