Not sure what to serve with enchiladas? I’ve got you! I’ve gathering 10 easy and delicious side dishes that pair perfectly with enchiladas, as well as fajitas, burritos and tacos. From fresh salads, to flavorful sauces, you’ll find plenty of quick & easy ideas here!

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About these Easy Enchilada Side Recipes

Hearty enchiladas are some of my favorite recipes to make for family dinners or entertaining (especially my green chili chicken enchiladas), and while enchiladas are a great one-pan meal, I personally love to pair them with a hearty and vibrant side to round out the meal.

I’ve rounded up 10 of the very best side dishes that pair perfectly with your enchilada meal – with everything from refreshing salads, to sauces to serve on top of enchiladas or a green salad, dips for chips, and flavorful rice dishes.

The best part is that these dishes are super easy to make and require minimal ingredients, so you can throw them together while your enchilada is in the oven. And bonus! All of these side dishes also pair well with fajitas and tacos too.

And if you don’t already have an enchilada recipe in mind, I have lots of enchilada recipes (both meat and vegetarian) you can try, including vegetarian enchilada casserole, ground turkey enchiladas, and sweet potato enchiladas.

Make Your Enchilada Meal Easier

The star of many of my enchilada recipes is my homemade enchilada sauce. If you love making enchiladas like me, I highly recommend always having a jar of this on hand to save time and make prep a cinch. You can also whip up a batch of slow cooker enchilada chicken and keep it in the freezer to use as a filling for easy chicken enchiladas or chicken enchilada skillet.

What to Serve with Enchiladas

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4-Ingredient Guacamole

This Easy 4-Ingredient Guacamole is so simple and tastes amazing. It's the perfect party appetizer or everyday condiment; use it as a dip, a topping, or just straight out of the bowl. Everything is better with guacamole!
Ingredients: avocado, lime juice, garlic, and salt.
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A white bowl filled with fresh tomato salsa chipotle copycat with lime wedges and corn chips on the side.
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5-Minute Fresh Tomato Salsa (Chipotle Copycat)

Inspired by Chipotle, this fresh tomato salsa recipe combines just a few simple ingredients for a quick appetizer or sauce that’s perfect for dipping or topping tacos or burrito bowls. It comes together in a matter of minutes in just one bowl, so it’s easy enough for a weeknight!
Ingredients: tomatoes, red onion, cilanto, jalapeno, lime juice, lemon juice and salt.
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Mexican Slaw (Quick & Easy!)

Ready in 15 minutes, this zesty and fresh Mexican slaw is the perfect accompaniment to enchiladas, chilis, or any Tex Mex meal. It’s a versatile veggie side dish featuring crunchy cabbage, smokey and sweet honey chipotle dressing, and zingy lime that’s fast and easy.
Ingredients: garlic, salt, chipotle peppers, honey, lime juice, avocado oil, cabbage, carrots, onion, cilantro.
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Overhead image of an enameled cast iron pot with cooked onions, beans, and rice. The pot is flanked by bowls with: guacamole, sour cream, pickled jalapeños, lime wedges, salsa, and shredded cheese.
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30-Minute Pinto Beans and Rice (One-Pot!)

Beans and rice is such a comforting, classic combo. This recipe for pinto beans and rice uses that combo to create a delicious one-pot meal both vegetarian and meat-eaters will love!
Ingredients: olive oil, red onion, salt, fresh garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, dried oregano, vegetable stock (or chicken stock), canned pinto beans, white rice, lime juice.
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Cilantro lime sauce being spooned out of a glass jar, with fresh herbs and lime wedges alongside it.
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5-Minute Cilantro Lime Sauce

Vibrant, tangy, and easy to whiz together in a blender or food processor, this cilantro lime sauce is perfect with fish, shrimp, fish tacos, as a chicken marinade or super flavorful shredded chicken. Plus it’s easy enough to whip up any night of the week!
Ingredients: fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, garlic cloves, avocado oil, ground cumin, honey (optional) and salt.
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5-Minute Creamy Avocado Dressing

The base for this simple 5-minute vegan dressing is one ripe avocado. It creates a creamy base that pairs perfectly with lemon, garlic and olive oil. 
Ingredients: avocado, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, water and salt
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Black Bean Salad with Corn

This Black Bean Salad with Corn recipe combines cherry tomatoes, chopped bell peppers, red onion and cilantro with an easy, healthy cumin lime dressing. Perfect for a light vegetarian dinner, colorful side dish or make-ahead lunch!
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An overhead shot of an enameled cast iron pot with chicken and rice topped with cilantro and a silver serving spoon. The pot is surrounded by a kitchen towel, half an avocado, and small bowls with sliced jalapenos, salsa, and lime wedges.
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30-Minute Chicken & Rice (One-Pan!)

Ready in 30 minutes, this one-pan chicken and rice is full of vibrant flavors and is so easy to put together.
Ingredients: avocado oil, yellow onion, chicken thigh (or chicken breast), salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, long-grain white rice, tomato paste, chicken broth, lime juice.
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Real Food 7-Layer Dip (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Simple, delicious, and naturally gluten-free & dairy-free, Real Food 7-Layer Dip will be the hit of your next party or gathering!
Need another easy dip that can feed a crowd? Look no further than this slow cooker spinach artichoke dip recipe (it's a family favorite)!
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Thinly sliced purple cabbage slaw with carrots in a bowl with a striped blue napkin on the side.
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Purple Cabbage Slaw

This creamy purple cabbage slaw is made with thinly sliced red and green cabbage, carrots, and with a creamy and healthy dressing. It comes together in 15 minutes, making it the perfect quick and easy side dish for any meal!
Ingredients: red and green cabbage, carrots, mayonnaise (traditional, vegan mayo or Greek yogurt), honey (optional), lime juice, and salt.
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Chunky Salsa & More Sides to Serve with Enchiladas

Inspired by Chipotle, this fresh tomato salsa recipe combines just a few simple ingredients for a quick appetizer or sauce that’s perfect for dipping or topping tacos or burrito bowls. It comes together in a matter of minutes in just one bowl, so it’s easy enough for a weeknight! Plus 10 easy sides to serve with enchiladas.


  • 1 pound Roma or Campari tomatoes, seeds removed and diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons ½ inch-diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced jalapeno
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until well combined. Serve immediately or allow to marinate at room temperature for 1-2 hours for the flavors to combine.


Makes 8 ¼ cup servings.
Nutrition information calculated using Roma tomatoes, cilantro and jalapenos.
If you’re sensitive to spicy things, you can remove some (or all) of the seeds from the jalapeno or omit it altogether.
If you like a spicier salsa, be sure to leave the seeds in or even add more jalapeno.
If you don’t like the taste of cilantro, feel free to leave it out.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 13kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 74mg, Potassium: 146mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 479IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg
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