If you enjoy Mexican entrees with all their savory flavors, you may indeed enjoy preparing burritos!
What cook doesn’t love having the creativity of a never-ending list of ingredients to combine and wrap in a tortilla?
If this is the case, then you have also (probably more than once) asked yourself, “What side dish goes with burritos?”
Let’s explore some tasty options you can add to your cooking toolkit for burrito night!
Black beans are easy to work with and an excellent source of protein, fiber, folate, iron and potassium.
You can serve them straight out of a can or soak and slow cook some from scratch.
The magic in this burrito side dish recipe begins when you bring them to a boil and simmer them in a broth.
During that simmer, the iconic Mexican seasonings of lime and cilantro (and a few others) permeate the beans making them ever so tasty!
This side for burritos gets our tasty stamp of approval!
Sometimes comfort food is what you are craving, even on your Mexican entrée night.
You’ve already got the perfect tortilla all wrapped up, so let me introduce this burrito side dish which most definitely fills the bill!
Easy is the best feature of Jalapeno Corn Cake.
It cooks up fluffy, sweet, and spicy with a surprising heartiness from real corn.
The moist texture will win you over and you can personalize this recipe by using a jalapeño with the spiciness level you prefer!
Looking for something a bit less sweet with a boost of cheddar cheese? Here’s our Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread!
Coleslaw might not be the first idea to pop into your mind as a side dish for a burrito, but this no-mayo option is on the lighter side with a crunch that may be exactly what your plate needs.
This recipe is sweet, tangy and uses a vinegar base instead of the traditional mayonnaise base.
Throwing in some veggies with the cabbage as this recipe calls for, boosts the color and flavor profile!
This burrito side will also brighten up your plate with color.
The end result may be your taste buds doing the happy dance!
A small salad is an easy side to go with a burrito. But what if we took it to the next level and made the salad with quinoa as the base?
And what if we added in black beans, corn and tomatoes with their beautiful colors to liven up the plate?
The result would be a tasty and satisfying Mexican Quinoa salad side dish for a burrito that is certainly unexpected and just as unexpectedly delicious.
This recipe gets bonus points for lasting days in the fridge after preparing, for lunches several days to come!
Ah, rice! In seemingly endless supply in many cultures’ kitchens.
I believe we can indeed jazz up some up to be a side that goes great with burritos. Easy too!
This recipe actually invites you to experiment and alter the ingredients to fit your food availability and your taste buds! In the mood for savory and healthy?
Great. Spicy? No problem. Something the kids will eat? Perfect.
So dive right in and see what you come up with to match your burrito fillings! Vamos a comer!
Mexican Street Corn is commonly referred to as Elote.
It is a popular food item at festivals, state fairs and food trucks.
There are multiple ways it can be prepared so you can pick what suits your fancy on any given day, grilling it on-the-cob or cooking it off-the-cob on the stove.
Additionally, you can even make this burrito side dish with canned or frozen corn, so it is an option all year round!
The topping selections are as varied as the preparation options, so you can fix it with your favorite ingredients!
There was no way we could leave out the quintessential Mexican side dish for burritos, a fresh bowl of guacamole and lightly salted chips.
Do they need to be super extravagant to taste good? No. Are they a very satisfying duo of a side dish?
Yes, they are!
The fresh cilantro and lime combination hit the spot every time with a most delectable crunch!
Ripe avocados are a must and if you place plastic wrap smoothly spread across the top of the guacamole, it will keep it from turning brown too quickly.
Currently, you have embraced a low-carb eating plan and you already splurged on the tortilla.
What side could you indulge in that will not amp up the carbohydrate count? Cauliflower.
When deciding what to eat with burritos, cauliflower is the number one low-carb choice! (Ok, to be honest a plain lettuce salad would be a great choice as well, but not nearly as much fun.)
This recipe is flexible and perfect for those who want to change up the taste on different occasions or simply get some veggies into the kids!
To give your meal a bit more staying power with complex carbs, Baked Sweet Potato Fries might be the perfect side dish to go with your burrito.
They really double as a side and a dessert because they are so deliciously sweet!
Parchment paper on your cooking sheet is your pro move for easy serving after they cool.
Fair warning, you’ll always wish you had made more of this super simple recipe.
10. Fresh Corn Salsa
Your burrito plan is in place, and you know what goes with burritos is salsa! But not just salsa out of a jar. No indeed.
You can take your meal to the next level by whipping up a fresh salsa yourself. This recipe starts with corn and ends with Yum!
You can never go wrong with six ingredients that look as appetizing on your plate and are as colorful as an artist’s palette.
Rice is a perfect side dish for burritos, but tonight you want a grown-up rice.
A little something bold and daring instead of savory and familiar.
The Easy Cilantro Lime recipe is exactly what you are looking for!
The lovely green and white color and the zing of lime and cilantro will certainly wake up your taste buds!
Careful does it though because too much a good thing might be too much.
The leftovers will be quite useful for other meals as well.
When you think of what goes well with burritos, zucchini may not be the first veggie to come to mind.
But this recipe will change all that!
Sliced and diced zucchini covered in olive oil and Mexican seasonings, baked to perfection will make you feel like you are dining at a five-star restaurant!
Luckily you are in control of how much “heat” you put in! A little cotija on top will seal the deal.
We need to talk for a moment.
You have your burrito.
You have a delicious burrito side of salsa or guacamole.
Are you considering just pulling open a bag of store-bought tortilla chips?
Perhaps the indulgence of the meal could be taking 12 minutes to make your own baked tortilla chips.
Corn tortillas, a large baking sheet and some oil and salt are all you need.
It just might take your meal from ho hum to oh yum!!
These adorable little tortilla scoop filled Jalapeno Popper Bites are perhaps the cutest side to go with burritos that I’ve ever seen!
A slightly different take on traditional jalapeno poppers adds a nice crunch and nice texture to your plate.
Mix and match however much cream cheese, bacon, etc. that you want.
After they come out of the oven with bubbling cheesy goodness, you are going to love them!
For a cool and refreshing side dish to go with your burrito, a unique but often overlooked idea is a fruit-based side.
I am talking about watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, and for a little added crunch, cucumber and jicama.
When the fruit is fresh and ripe, you simply cut it into long spears.
Slide them on your plate or into a cup and sprinkle with lime juice and chile powder or tajin. Presto, beauty and deliciousness all in one place.
The bottom line
I think of burritos like an “everything but the kitchen sink” dish. Use up what you have leftover—chopped veggies, taco meat, shredded chicken, bits of cheeses.
Make it a smothered burrito and now we’re cooking with gas!
But they are so rich and good with Mexican’s finest seasonings and warm flour tortillas, you can either double up or cut that richness with a veggie!
Let us know if these options for what to serve with burritos inspired you!
- Seasoned Black Beans Side Dish
- Jalapeno Corn Cake
- No-mayo Carolina coleslaw recipe
- Mexican Quinoa Salad
- Easy Mexican Rice
- Mexican Street Corn Made Easy
- Guacamole and Chips
- Spanish Cauliflower Rice
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Fresh Corn Salsa
- Easy Cilantro Lime Rice
- Mexican Oven Baked Zucchini
- Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
- Jalapeno Popper Bites
- Mexican Fruit Cups
- Pick one or two sides.
- Follow the recipe to create the sides.
- Enjoy every bite