Hey there, fellow quesadilla lover! I’m so glad you’re here because I’m about to share some of the best sides to serve with chicken quesadillas! Plus read on for tips for what to buy at the store for the EASIEST sides too!
Quesadillas are a versatile, easy, and quick Mexican dish that can be made with a variety of fillings, but chicken quesadillas are my personal favorite.
Use leftover rotisserie chicken, cooked chicken from last night’s meal, even chicken lunchmeat, or cook it fresh just for your quesadillas.
They’re filling, flavorful, and easy to make, which makes them perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
Here you’ll find an epic list of sides for quesadillas, including sauces, dips, queso, guac, soups, snacks, appetizers, and more that are classic and wild, hot and mild!
But what do you serve with quesadillas? Here are a few ideas to get you started, then keep reading our epic list with more details and links:
- Taco soup: This hearty soup is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day. It’s made with all the classic taco flavors, like ground beef, beans, corn, and tomatoes.
- Five-alarm chili: This spicy chili is sure to heat things up. It’s made with ground beef, beans, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
- Homemade air fryer tortilla chips: These crispy chips are the perfect way to dip into your favorite salsa or guacamole.
- Refreshing Drinks with Chamoy: This sweet and sour sauce is a popular Mexican condiment. It’s made with pickled fruits, chili peppers, and spices.
- Mexican Martini: This refreshing cocktail is perfect for a party. It’s made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur.
Want more tips for serving quesadillas? Here you go:
- Serve quesadillas with your favorite toppings, such as salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese.
- Serve quesadillas with a side of rice or beans for a complete meal.
- Serve quesadillas with a salad or fruit for a lighter meal.
- Quesadillas can be made ahead of time and reheated in the oven or microwave.
These are just a few ideas for what to serve with quesadillas.
Quesadillas are quick and easy, a versatile snack or meal that can be enjoyed with a variety of sides.
Get creative and have fun!
Let’s get real for a sec.
It’s not always handy, easy, or fast to cook homemade recipes from scratch, and it could be the end of your long day (or a long week).
If the skyrocketing cost of ingredients is getting ridiculous and you have a lot of mouths to feed (or even one—your own), we have some quick tips.
Let’s take a look at some easy, budget-friendly sides for chicken quesadillas that we recommend just picking up from the store.
These chicken quesadilla side ideas may require heating or combining but mostly come together quickly:
- Frozen Taquitos
- Easy Elotes (Mexican Corn). Add half a pack of taco seasoning to a drained can of corn. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of mayo. Stir and heat for 2 minutes. Add a squeeze of lime if you have it.
- Three-ingredient Chili Dip (#106). Seriously, just three ingredients.
- Bagged Salad Kit. Southwest Style for that zip of flavor.
- Coleslaw Mix. You can find these next to the cold prep vegetables usually.
- Homemade Air Fryer Tortilla Chips (#10). No chips in the house? If you have a pack of corn or flour tortillas, cut them into pieces, toss with a tablespoon of oil and add ONE LAYER at a time into an air fryer for three minutes. Turn, heat for another minute, rest. Add salt to taste.
- Fast Mexican-style Rice. To a pack of white or brown Ready Rice or pre-cooked Minute Rice, add ½ can of drained sweet corn + ½ packet of taco seasoning. Heat and eat.
- Bag of Frozen Mixed Vegetables. Heat and eat.
- Mexi-Cali Kraft Dinner Mac & Cheese. Add a half-packet of taco seasoning to your powdered cheese, milk, and butter.
- Quick Quesadilla Topping Bar. Diced tomato, diced onion, heat up a half-cup of Rico’s Nacho Cheese, pull out your favorite jar of salsa, and spoon out some sour cream into a small dish. Let everyone serve themselves.
- Restaurant-Style Refried Beans (#179). Make ‘em taste fancy!
There are so many here that we are about to blow your mind.
What To Serve With Chicken Quesadillas
The fresh, vibrant taste of jalapeño, lime, cilantro, tomatoes, and onions will bring out the rich flavor of your chicken quesadillas. Simple to make, but we recommend wearing kitchen gloves when slicing up lots of acidic or spicy vegetables.
Ingredients include: Roma tomatoes, lime, cilantro, garlic, and ground cumin.
This avocado-based dip is a total winner for side dishes for quesadillas. If you love big chunks of avo, give it a rough mash or cut into chunks before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Ingredients include: Avocados, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime.
Give this fast microwave veggie a chance. Season with your favorite spices AFTER you drain it, not before, or all the good flavor goes down the drain.
Ingredients include: Broccoli, butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
If you love broc, then you’re sure to love this blackened broccoli!
6. Peach Salsa
The peach salsa is a show-stopping appetizer and a great side for chicken quesadillas. It features a sweet and tangy flavor from all the fresh ingredients. While this recipe works great as a dip too, use it as a topping for proteins like fish and chicken.
Ingredients include: Peaches, jalapenos, cilantro, red onion, and grapeseed oil.
This sauteed onion recipe has a special place in my heart when it comes to a tasty side dish for chicken quesadillas. You can saute them with butter or any kind of oil you have on hand.
Ingredients include: Onions, olive oil, and salt.
8. Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is another perfect side dish for all kinds of tortilla and cheese mix, including quesadillas! This creamy, sweet salad blends robust summer flavors from fresh ingredients such as Greek yogurt, berries, apple, and pineapple chunks.
Ingredients include: Apples, blueberries, grapes, pineapple, and strawberries.
This Carolina Coleslaw is an excellent side for quesadillas—crisp without the heavy mayo dressing. Celery seed is the unsung hero of seasonings, so don’t leave it out.
Ingredients include: Carrots, green cabbage, kale, white onion, and dijon mustard.
Tortilla chips go perfectly with almost any Mexican-inspired dish, including chicken quesadillas. The air fryer makes quick work of these, but baking is good too.
Ingredients include: Corn tortillas, vegetable oil, and salt.
This gorgeous salad will provide a fresh and crisp twist to your Chicken Quesadillas with its unique combination of zucchini noodles, juicy cactus pear, sweet figs, and a hint of Dijon mustard.
Ingredients include: Zoodles, peeled cactus pear, figs, shallots, honey, and dijon.
This Mexican-inspired dish is perfect for taco Tuesdays, summertime, or any time you’re craving elote. It contains delicious Mexican street corn spices, queso fresco cheese, and cilantro.
Ingredients include: Sour cream, mayo, queso freso, fresh cilantro, and frozen corn.
These Veg Chilaquiles are a simple Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or tortilla chips), healthy vegetables, and your choice of protein. They can be made in under 30 minutes, making them perfect for busy weeknights or brunch.
Ingredients include: Bell peppers, zucchini, corn, green chilies, and black beans.
What makes this Spicy Black Bean Soup so special? The time-saving cans of black beans, even though it tastes like it’s been simmering all day. The carrots, celery, and garlic add a fresh flavor, and the cumin and sherry vinegar (or lime juice) give it a Cuban zing. Serve with plantains.
Ingredients include: Black beans, yellow onions, carrots, ground cumin, and red pepper flakes.
16. Mexican Broth
This broth recipe is a vegetarian version of Caldo de Pollo. It uses the same vegetables, but without the chicken. The result is a flavorful and versatile broth that can be enjoyed as a lighter, palate-cleansing side for quesadillas or frozen and used for bean and rice dishes.
Ingredients include: Carrots, celery, white onion, garlic, and bay leaves.
17. Arroz Caldo
Arroz Caldo is a hearty congee that goes great with chicken quesadillas. This traditional Filipino cuisine delivers a warm and hearty flavor to the table, wrapping its soothing embrace around each mouthful of the quesadilla.
Ingredients include: Canola oil, jasmine rice, garlic, Asian fish sauce, and chicken stock.
18. Corn Chowder
The powerhouse duo of the food world is here: chicken quesadillas and corn chowder!
Velvety and rich, this Corn Chowder recipe is flexible too—use canned, fresh, or frozen corn.
Ingredients include: Bacon, unsalted butter, corn, heavy cream, and cheddar cheese.
19. Mole Sauce
This quick and easy mole (moh-lay) sauce recipe has lots of complex flavor without most of the work.
- For a richer flavor, toast the nuts and seeds before grinding them.
- Add more or fewer chilies to adjust the heat level of the sauce.
- Serve the mole sauce in a ramekin for dipping or ladle it over the chicken quesadillas before serving.
- Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Ingredients include: Mexican chocolate, ancho chilies, guajillo chilies, tomatillos, and peanuts.
This Mexican Rice recipe is another tasty accompaniment to chicken quesadillas. It’s laden with garlic and tomato sauce and fits beautifully with the cheesy quesadillas.
Ingredients include: White onion, garlic cloves, long-grain rice, chicken stock, and tomato sauce.
21. Mango Salsa
This Mango Salsa recipe is a great pairing with chicken quesadillas, thanks to its sweetness, acidity, and heat. Use ripe, fresh mangoes.
Ingredients include: Mango, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice.
Oh, the delicious combination of chicken quesadillas with Black Bean Taco Salad! The buttery, chicken-stuffed quesadillas dance with this tangy, vibrant salad that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, black beans, sour cream, and red salsa.
23. Queso Dip
This creamy, velveety and warm dip is ideal for any gathering of friends or family. It begins with a flavorful, aromatic base of melted butter and red onion. Adjust the jalapeno to your heat preferences.
Ingredients include: Butter, red onion, jalapeños, cream cheese, and Mexican blend cheese.
24. Corn On The Cob
Prepare for a summertime staple as timeless as a park picnic. This recipe begins with large, golden kernels of fresh corn brimming with taste and natural sweetness.
Ingredients include: Corn, butter, salt, and pepper.
Cilantro Lime Crema is tangy, zesty, and oh-so-delicious. Drizzle (or pour, let’s not be coy here) this luscious crema over your chicken quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Sour cream, mayo, cilantro, lime, garlic, and kosher salt.
Move over, regular mashed potatoes. This Garlic Chipotle Mashed Potatoes With Cheddar recipe is a creamy, dreamy, and oh-so-delicious variation on a classic. The garlic gives depth, while the chipotle chili pepper adds a smoky heat.
Ingredients include: Russet potatoes, butter, milk, sour cream, garlic, and ground chipotle chile pepper.
27. Creamed Corn
This recipe is a symphony of sweet and savory tastes that celebrates the wealth of summer. The flour thickens the dish, resulting in a velvety texture that melts in your mouth.
Ingredients include: Corn kernels, onion, butter, all-purpose flour, and heavy cream.
The beans’ smoky, robust flavors and hearty texture complement the buttery, chicken-filled quesadillas, resulting in a balance of flavors and textures.
Ingredients include: Bacon, Mexican chorizo, yellow onion, garlic, and pinto beans.
29. Avocado Fries
Avocado Fries, a playful spin on French fries, with avocado, Panko breadcrumbs, almond milk, salt, and lime, are the perfect accompaniment to chicken quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Avocado, Panko breadcrumbs, almond milk, salt, and lime.
30. Ranch Dressing
Double the batch of this recipe, because you will want to have this on hand for everything. It’s that good, even without buttermilk, which is how we made it.
Ingredients include: Mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, garlic powder, dill weed, and lemon juice.
31. Jicama Slaw
The crunchy slaw makes a better-for-you contrast to the cheese and chicken quesadillas, resulting in a filling and well-balanced lunch. The slaw’s acidic and sweet flavors only enhance the whole meal.
Ingredients include: Jicama, red cabbage, red pepper, rice vinegar, honey, and cilantro.
This vibrant medley of carrots, cabbage, zucchini, and yellow squash has been spiralized to perfection, resulting in delicate ribbons of crunchy vegetables ready for their close-up.
Ingredients include: Carrots, cabbage, zucchini, yellow squash, mayo, and adobo sauce.
These Avocado Hummus & Cucumber Pico De Gallo Tostadas go so well with quesadillas. These crispy tostadas are topped with creamy, dreamy avocado hummus and a fresh, spicy cucumber pico de gallo, making each bite a flavor fiesta.
Ingredients include: Chickpeas, garlic, cilantro, cumin, and lime juice.
This Mexican Street Corn will add a little zing to your plate! We begin with luscious canned corn cooked in butter until soft. Then we add a creamy mayo-sour cream mixture and a generous sprinkle of crumbly Cotija cheese.
Ingredients include: Canned corn, butter, mayo, sour cream, and Cotija cheese.
A little spice is great, as they say, and this Spicy Salsa Verde is exactly the thing to give your chicken quesadillas a little kick. Make the night before so all the flavors truly come together.
Ingredients include: Tomatillos, onions, garlic, olive oil, cilantro, and lime.
This Mexican Chopped Salad is a vivid blend of crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, spicy peppers, acidic onions, juicy corn, and creamy avocados. The salad provides a light and refreshing counterpoint to quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onion, corn, and avocado.
These golden, crunchy rings of goodness are like little hula hoops of happiness. They’re made with thinly sliced onions coated in a light batter and baked (not fried) to crispy perfection.
Ingredients include: Onions, buttermilk, egg whites, cornmeal, and bread crumbs.
Feast your eyes on the Roasted Red Pepper Dip, the flavorful friend that adds some serious swagger to your chicken quesadillas! Add a touch of olive oil and a drizzle of honey, and you’ve got a dip that’ll make your taste buds do the twist!
Ingredients include: Red bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and honey
Fresh green (unripe) tomatoes, a spicy mixture of egg, milk, and hot sauce, and a crispy coating of all-purpose flour combine for a delectable treat that will leave you wanting more. If you’re a fan of Southern cuisine or just in the mood to try Fried Green Tomatoes, this recipe is one you shouldn’t miss.
Ingredients include: Green tomatoes, egg, milk, hot sauce, and all-purpose flour.
40. Fiesta Rice
This zesty, hearty rice dish is the perfect partner-in-crime to your spicy, cheesy quesadillas, adding a colorful and flavorful punch to your quesadilla plate.
Ingredients include: Frozen corn, butter, brown rice, ground cumin, and black beans.
This Mexican Caesar Salad is about to take you on a flavor-filled adventure! Imagine crisp and fresh romaine lettuce topped with creamy slices of avocado and crunchy corn tortilla strips. Greek yogurt dressing gives just the right amount of oomph.
Ingredients include: Avocado, Greek yogurt, corn tortillas, romaine leaves, and cotija cheese.
This creamy sauce has the perfect balance of sour and spicy flavors, making it an ideal complement to your savory chicken quesadillas. Just be warned, once you try it, you might never return to plain ol’ sour cream again.
Ingredients include: Mayo, lime juice, chipotle chili powder, paprika, and sea salt.
This popular Mexican side dish is a mainstay for a reason: it’s made with tender, fragrant pinto beans, onions, and cumin. And there’s nothing “refried” about them. They’re just cooked twice to get that smooth, creamy texture ideal for serving as a side dish for quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Dried pinto beans, chicken stock, onions, garlic, and cumin.
44. Mexican Coleslaw
Forget boring old coleslaw, it’s time to spice things up with Mexican coleslaw! This bold and colorful side dish is loaded with coleslaw mix, sweet corn, and a kick of heat from red pepper.
Ingredients include: Coleslaw mix, red pepper, black beans, corn, cilantro, and mayo.
This Grilled Romaine Mexican Salad starts with crisp and fresh romaine lettuce grilled to perfection, and then sweet corn, creamy avocado, and fresh cilantro on top. The dressing is the true star of the show: a zesty and sweet combination of tart lime juice and honey
Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, corn, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, and honey.
Make a batch of this tasty and spicy Zucchini & Corn Sauté the next time you make chicken quesadillas. The red pepper flakes, which offer a fiery kick, take this dish to the next level.
Ingredients include: Butter, sweet onion, zucchini, corn kernels, and red pepper flakes.
Oh boy, get ready for flavor heaven, avocado lovers! Scoop some dip onto your quesadilla, take a bite, and enjoy the easy and delicious blend of fresh flavor
Ingredients include: Avocados, lime juice, jalapeño, cilantro, and salt.
This baked, warm dip is made with frozen, defrosted chopped spinach and easy-peasy jars of marinated artichokes so you aren’t spending all day processing veg. It’s got all the creamy, cheesy goodness you’d expect from any restaurant-style dip.
Ingredients include: Cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, garlic cloves, mozzarella, parmesan, and Monterey jack cheese.
This verdant Chimichurri Sauce recipe is another great way to take your chicken quesadillas to new heights. The sauce offers a burst of robust flavor thanks to the combination of fresh parsley and cilantro.
Ingredients include: Parsley, cilantro, shallot, red sweet pepper, garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes.
Prepare to embark on a culinary journey to Mexico with Calabacitas Con Queso. Tender calabacitas (zucchini) are sautéed to perfection then combined with juicy tomatoes, sweet corn kernels, and spicy jalapeno. Oaxaca cheese offers a creamy note.
Ingredients include: Calabacitas, Oaxaca cheese, onion, tomatoes, corn kernels, jalapeño pepper, and vegetable stock.
This No-Chicken Tortilla Soup combines mild Cremini mushrooms, aromatic cumin, sweet red bell pepper, robust black beans, and creamy cheddar cheese to make a delectable side dish or starter.
Ingredients include: Cremini mushrooms, ground cumin, red bell pepper, black beans, and cheddar cheese.
Let’s raise a glass to excellent cuisine and good companions with this smoky Mezcalita Cocktail. The cocktail’s colorful and vivacious personality lends a festive touch, making it ideal for entertaining.
Ingredients include: Mezcal, lime juice, pineapple juice, and agave syrup.
Sizzling chicken quesadillas and a warm bowl of this lightly sweet and smoky Roasted Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup make the perfect meal. The soup’s rich and velvety texture is superb.
Ingredients include: Butternut squash, onion, red bell pepper, bacon, and olive oil.
Have you ever had Black Bean & Corn Stuffed Avocado as a side dish for chicken quesadillas? This dish is made with a colorful mix of corn kernels, black beans, tomatoes, orange pepper, and the star of the show: the creamy, ripe avocados.
Ingredients include: Corn kernels, black beans, tomatoes, orange pepper, and avocados.
These mushrooms are marinated in olive oil, garlic, oregano, and balsamic vinegar, yielding a tangy and earthy flavor. These mushrooms are delicate and juicy, providing a pleasant counterpoint to rich quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Mushrooms, olive oil, garlic, oregano, and balsamic vinegar.
Polenta is versatile, so you don’t have to limit your side to just Italian food. Try this paired up with your quesadillas. Here are some tips for making polenta:
- Use a heavy-bottomed pot to prevent the polenta from sticking.
- Whisk constantly while the polenta is cooking to prevent lumps.
- Add the milk and cheese slowly to prevent the polenta from curdling.
- Serve the polenta immediately, or cool and solidify it for later.
Polenta is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Get creative and have fun with it!
Ingredients include: Water, salt, cornmeal, butter, and milk.
These Grilled Artichokes take a plunge into a pool of luscious olive oil, mingling with fragrant fresh herbs and zesty garlic. The heat from the grill works its magic, coaxing out a smoky depth of flavor.
Ingredients include: Fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic, bay leaf, and artichokes.
When it comes to the perfect side for chicken quesadillas, there’s nothing quite like unique Garlic Chili Spicy Edamame. Your taste buds will thank you.
Ingredients include: Edamame, garlic, sesame oil, chili paste, and mayonnaise.
59. Cactus Salad
If you want to add some Southwestern flair to your chicken quesadilla dinner, this is it. Texture-wise, the nopales provide a refreshing crunch that adds a satisfying element to the soft and gooey texture of the quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Nopales, red onion, tomatoes, pickled Jalapeños, and cumin.
What to serve with chicken quesadillas? Enter the Yuca Fries aka Aipim Frito! These golden-brown beauties are made with one of the most beloved root vegetables in Latin America, the cassava or yuca. They’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, just like a perfect fry should be.
Ingredients include: Yuca/cassava, olive oil, cilantro, lime, and salt.
Southwestern Salad With Corn & Black Beans: Crisp greens, luscious cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, and rich black beans. The tasty dressing with honey and garlic powder, however, is what sets this recipe apart.
Ingredients include: Lime juice, honey, cumin, salt, and olive oil.
With this Guacamole Greens Salad, you can add some zing. Tangy lime juice, crisp cilantro leaves, and zesty red onion balance the robust chicken quesadillas. You’ll love the special cilantro lime jalapeño vinaigrette.
Ingredients include: Lime juice, cilantro leaves, red onion, corn tortilla chips, avocado, and mixed spring greens.
If you want to spice up your chicken quesadillas with a lovely low-carb option, consider adding some Spanish Cauliflower Rice. This unique take on classic Spanish rice has plenty of flavor without being overpowering.
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, carrots, butter, chicken bouillon, chili powder, and tomato sauce.
I’d like to introduce you to this Mexican Potato Salad: Red potatoes, red bell pepper, green onion, sweet corn, and chili powder are all called for in the dish. The sweet corn balances out the chili powder’s heat, while the green onion adds a fresh crunch.
Ingredients include: Red potatoes, red bell pepper, green onion, sweet corn, and chili powder.
Who says only seafood can make a ceviche? Let’s give our finned friends a break and try some veggie magic. Yes, you read that right: Cauliflower Ceviche!
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and lime juice.
Chorizo is so wonderfully smoky and spicy. This chowder is homemade through and through, an excellent recipe for guests on the weekend. This will be the star of any Latin meal.
Ingredients include: Pork sausage, coriander, garlic, oregano, and all-purpose flour.
Let’s amp up the flavor of your chicken quesadillas with Mexican Black Bean & Corn Salad. You’ll love how the creamy avocado complements the cheese quesadillas, too.
Ingredients include: Black beans, corn, avocado, tomato, and garlic.
68. Chiles Rellenos
Chilis Rellenos a famous spicy and delectable side dish for chicken quesadillas. Those Poblano peppers are very mild and flavorful, especially when combined with onion, cinnamon, and raisins (yes, raisins!).
Ingredients include: Poblano peppers, onion, tomato sauce, cinnamon, and raisins.
Mmm, Spanish Rice & Beans! The fragrant white rice is carefully cooked with a wonderful blend of olive oil, oregano, chili powder, and paprika, resulting in an overload of savory flavor. Blooming the spices first enhances their flavor.
Ingredients include: Olive oil, oregano, chili powder, paprika, and white rice.
70. Shrimp Ceviche
Oh, you’re going to love shrimp ceviche. The combination of tangy, fresh lime juice, juicy tomatoes, zesty onion, and cilantro garnish is just divine.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, lime juice, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.
Oh, grilled pineapple with brown sugar as a side for chicken quesadillas? Sounds like a culinary combination made in heaven! The secret to getting nice grill lines is to not move or flip the slices for longer than you might think.
Ingredients include: Pineapple, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.
Behold these radiant Vegetable Fajitas, the superb side attraction for your heavenly Chicken Quesadillas. A dynamic duo of peppers and portobello mushrooms, combined with olive oil, lime juice, and taco seasoning.
Ingredients include: Olive oil, lime juice, taco seasoning, peppers, and portobello mushroom.
These little fried plantain slices called Tostones are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Yum!
Ingredients include: Plantains, vegetable oil, and salt.
Crispy Sweet Potato Wedges With Garlic Avocado Aioli are coated in a tasty combination of corn starch, olive oil, paprika, and cayenne pepper, which gives them a crispy skin and a fiery bite.
Ingredients include: Sweet potatoes, corn starch, olive oil, paprika, and Cayenne pepper.
Imagine combining the flavors of creamy avocado, savory black beans, spicy cilantro, sweet corn, and luscious tomatoes in one delightful bowl. Pair it with cheesy chicken quesadillas and you’ve got a hearty meal.
Ingredients include: Avocados, quinoa, black beans, cilantro, corn, and tomatoes.
Slather this sauce on your chicken quesadillas for a crazy ride of heat, tang, and pure bliss, where smooth and creamy mayo meets the bold and fiery kick of sriracha chili sauce.
Ingredients include: Mayo, sriracha chili sauce, garlic clove, and salt.
Let me introduce you to the veggie superhero: Caesar Grilled Asparagus! These are coated in a creamy Caesar dressing before being grilled to perfection till charred and smoky yet perfectly crisp.
Ingredients include: Asparagus, garlic, olive oil, buttermilk, and anchovy filet.
This dip isn’t for the faint of heart; it’s a bold and spicy blend of Monterey jack cheese, green chilies, and jalapeños that packs a flavor punch like no other.
Ingredients include: Cream cheese, mayonnaise, Monterey jack, green chilies, and jalapeños.
This refreshing salad is like a juicy and colorful explosion of flavors, with sweet watermelon, tangy pineapple, succulent mango, and a sprinkle of chili powder that adds a sassy and spicy kick.
Ingredients include: Watermelon, mango, pineapple, cucumber, and chili powder.
With a filling of cream cheese, cheddar, onion powder, and garlic powder, these bite-sized flavor bombs are like a cheesy and creamy dream come true.
Ingredients include: Cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, jalapeno peppers, and salt.
Chicken quesadillas are even better with Avocado Mango Salsa! This fresh and delicious Avocado Mango Salsa is sweet and savory with lots of lime and cilantro. Great as an appetizer with chips too.
Ingredients include: Ripe mango, avocado, tomato, garlic, and lime juice.
The tangy and delicious flavors of the carne asada marinade pair wonderfully with the rich and cheesy flavor of the chicken quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, and tortilla chips.
This Cheesy Green Chili Dip is another great side for chicken quesadillas. The cream cheese and mayo create a creamy counterpoint to the spice, while the cumin adds a warm, earthy tone that links the meal together.
Ingredients include: Hatch chilies, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayo, and ground cumin.
This Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Purple Cauliflower recipe isn’t only delicious but also visually appealing. The cauliflower’s natural sweetness is enhanced by roasting it in the oven, which results in crunchy, caramelized skin.
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.
The roasted red onions lend a savory depth of flavor to the meal, while the fresh coriander offers a bright and zesty touch.
Ingredients include: Red onion, corn, tomatoes, coriander, and avocado.
If you want to add some excitement to your chicken quesadillas, check out this easy savory Black Bean Dip! Packed with black beans, yellow onion, and garlicky flavor, this dip is a crowd-pleaser. Add a generous sprinkle of cheddar cheese.
Ingredients include: Black beans, yellow onion, garlic cloves, chili powder, and cheddar cheese.
Need a flavorful side dish that’s simple to prepare? Sweet & Spicy Mexican Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a terrific alternative for hectic weeknights thanks to their basic ingredient list and easy prep.
Ingredients include: Sweet potatoes, olive oil, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
Who says veggies have to look boring? The fanned cuts along the zucchini are stunning, with a delightful topping of tangy feta cheese, aromatic basil, and zesty lemon.
Ingredients include: Zucchini squash, feta cheese, basil, paprika, and olive oil.
Choose several kinds of delectable savory, cheesy, and veggie options from this epic list of taco toppings!
Ingredients include: Shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and tomatoes.
Picture this: A basket of crispy, golden fries that are smothered in a heavenly cheese sauce, oozing with a generous sprinkle of cheddar cheese. The diced tomatoes offer refreshing flavor, and a dollop of sour cream elevates this side dish to winner status.
Ingredients include: French fries, cheese sauce, cheddar cheese, tomato, and sour cream.
These Garlic Parmesan Butter Roasted Potatoes are roasted to golden perfection, with a crispy outside and a fluffy interior that will tempt you to dig in. But the real star of the show is the garlic parmesan butter coating.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, butter, parmesan, black pepper, and Italian seasoning.
This Mexican-Inspired Charcuterie Board has everything you need to elevate your chicken quesadillas. We’re talking about juicy corn, tangy red onion, creamy avocado, and fresh cilantro–all arranged on a board that’ll make your Instagram followers drool.
Ingredients include: Corn, red onion, avocado, cilantro, and Tajin.
Nothing says “fiesta time” like a warm, gooey queso dip and zesty cool salsa on the side of your crisp chicken quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Monterey jack cheese, green chiles, cumin, jalapeño pepper, and onion.
“Behind every good quesadilla is an even better frittata!” they say. It has the right balance of heat and sweet.
Ingredients include: Heirloom tomatoes, serrano, sunflower oil, butter, and eggs
95. Pineapple Salsa
Psst, have you heard about the secret weapon for elevating your chicken quesadillas? Here comes the Pineapple Salsa. With juicy pineapple chunks, vibrant bell peppers, plump Roma tomatoes, fragrant cilantro, and zesty red onion, this tangy and sweet salsa packs a punch.
Ingredients include: Pineapple, bell peppers, Roma tomatoes, cilantro, and red onion.
You know what’s better than regular old black bean dip as a side for chicken quesadillas? This Chimichurri White Bean Dip, I mean–let’s be real, everything’s better with cannellini beans, right?
Ingredients include: Cannellini beans, parsley, cilantro, red pepper flakes, and oregano.
Psst, hey you! Yes, you with the chicken quesadillas. I have a little secret to share: This Cold Zucchini Salad with its finely sliced zucchini, garlicky bite, nutty parmesan cheese, dried oregano, and olive oil drizzle is a snap to make.
Ingredients include: Zucchini, garlic, parmesan cheese, dried oregano, and olive oil.
If you like cheese and spice, try this Chorizo Cheese Dip as a chicken quesadilla side. The flavor is fantastic, with Mexican chorizo, flavorful olive oil, sliced onions, melty Monterey Jack cheese, and a splash of milk to make it extra creamy.
Ingredients include: Mexican chorizo, olive oil, onion, Monterey Jack, and milk.
With these Cuban Beef Cigars, you can add some international flair to your chicken quesadillas. These crispy and savory rolls are made with a filling of sizzling ground beef, diced green pepper, and zesty tomato paste, all wrapped up in delicate filo dough sheets.
Ingredients include: Olive oil, green pepper, filo dough sheets, ground beef, and tomato paste.
100. Spicy Guacamole
Let me introduce you to the life of the party: the Spicy Guacamole, a wild flavor fiesta featuring buttery avocados grooving to the electric beat of lime zest. Smoky cumin waltzes in, adding a dash of mystery to this delectable dance.
Ingredients include: Avocados, limes, cumin, red onion, and cilantro.
The delectable medley of smoked ham hock lays down a rich and savory baseline while the vibrant onion and sofrito duet harmonize with Latin flair. The adobo flavor sets the tone, bringing a hint of Caribbean spice, while the white wine vinegar adds a memorable tang.
Ingredients include: Smoked ham hock, onion, sofrito, and white wine vinegar.
This chilled homemade dip starts with a base of tangy sour cream elevated by the pungent bite of fresh onion. Surprise incoming: a splash of soy sauce for umami flavor.
Ingredients include: Onion, sour cream, black pepper, olive oil, and soy sauce.
Dive into a tasty feast with the Crockpot Queso Cheese Dip. This delightful warmed dip combines fire-roasted tomatoes and aromatic cilantro for a kick with a luxurious and smooth consistency from evaporated milk.
Ingredients include: Fire-roasted tomatoes, evaporated milk, American block cheese, red pepper flakes, and cilantro.
Prepare to be transported to the sunny beaches of Mexico with the Frozen Mango Chamoy Margarita. This refreshing cocktail features luscious mango chunks, tangy lime juice, and the subtle kick of Tequila Blanco. Grand Marnier and simple syrup offer a sweet bite.
Ingredients include: Mango chunks, lime juice, Tequila blanco, Grand Marnier, and syrup.
Made with juicy tomatoes, sweet corn, and zesty green onions, this Tomato & Corn Salsa is something you shouldn’t miss. What really sets it apart is the tangy sumac, a Middle Eastern spice that adds a unique and exotic twist.
Ingredients include: Sweet corn, tomatoes, green onions, sumac, and salt.
Behold, our practically perfect Three-Ingredient Chili Dip. With just three simple ingredients, you’ll have a crowd-pleasing dip that will make your guests beg for the recipe.
Ingredients include: Rotel tomatoes, Velveeta, and no-bean chili.
Here’s another good partner to your chicken quesadillas: the 5-Ingredient Lemon Rice.
The fluffy basmati rice is infused with lemon juice and zest, as well as flavorful garlic and butter.
Ingredients include: Basmati rice, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic.
This Baja Sauce brings out the best in your chicken quesadillas. Add on the side or slather onto the tortilla before assembling so it melds nice and hot.
Ingredients include: Red bell pepper, light mayo, lime juice, Parmesan cheese, and mustard powder.
109. Sauteed Eggplant
You can’t go wrong with Sauteed Eggplant for your chicken quesadillas. The eggplant complements the crispy tortilla and tender chicken in the quesadillas. The recipe’s versatility allows for a wide range of personal preferences and flavor profiles.
Ingredients include: Eggplant, olive oil, salt, and garlic.
The roasted garlic gives a powerful and intense flavor that will have you saying “wow,” while the artichoke hearts add a slightly tangy and earthy taste that balances out the rich cheese.
Ingredients include: Roasted garlic, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, mayo, pepper, and cheese blend.
The beauty of this recipe is that it’s intended for beginners: no fancy techniques or rare ingredients required. Just a little bit of stirring and a lot of drooling.
Ingredients include: Cheddar, evaporated milk, chili powder, salt, and pickled Jalapeño brine.
These Chipotle Agave Chicken Wings are a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and completely fantastic. Sure, there are a lot of steps involved, but the outcome is well worth the time and effort.
Ingredients include: Buttermilk, garlic, chipotle chili, Tabasco sauce, and orange juice.
113. Mexican Martini
Kick back and relax with this Tex-Mex twist on a classic cocktail, the Mexican Martini. This cocktail offers the right balance of sweet and sour. It’s so simple to make, but be careful since it goes down smooth and still packs a punch.
Ingredients include: Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, olives, and olive juice.
114. Sauteed Apples
Mmm, a touch of cinnamony sweetness from fresh apples, you’ll love how good a side dish of sauteed apples can be alongside your ‘dillas.
Ingredients include: Apples, butter, cornstarch, and ground cinnamon.
Check out these indulgent Jalapeno Popper Bites. The jalapeno and cayenne pepper heat offers a kick, and the crunchy breadcrumb coating provides a nice textural contrast to the chewy quesadillas. Plus bacon.
Ingredients include: Cream cheese, bacon, cayenne pepper, bread crumbs, and eggs.
116. Avocado Citrus Salad
Thanks to its sweet and tart citrus vinaigrette, this salad makes a good side candidate for chicken quesadillas. The oven-roasted beets offer an earthy sweet note.
Ingredients include: Orange juice, beets, Dijon mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar.
117. Tajîn Recipes
For an extra burst of flavor, sprinkle your chicken quesadillas with some homemade Tajin–a delightful blend of red chile powder, lime powder, and sea salt.
Ingredients include: Red chile powder, lime powder, and sea salt.
118. Mexican Adobo Sauce
The savory and nuanced flavor of the dried chiles, along with the acidic white vinegar and aromatic oregano, complements the robust tastes of the quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Chilies, white vinegar, black peppercorns, cumin seeds, and oregano.
Bake some of these easy Tortilla Bowls and serve them with chicken quesadillas. Fill your tortilla bowl with different toppings such as beans, salsa, and guacamole to add a fun twist to the quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Corn tortillas and canola oil cooking spray.
120. Spicy Hummus
Who says you can’t Greek up your ‘dillas? This kicked-up version of traditional hummus delivers a bold and fiery taste. Add additional garlic for a garlicky kick or olives for a Mediterranean touch.
Ingredients include: Garbanzo beans, lime juice, garlic cloves, tahini, red pepper, and cayenne.
Loaded with a creamy avocado yolk combination and topped with charred corn kernels, sliced jalapeño, and cotija cheese, these flavor bombs bring the robust and delicious flavors of Mexican street corn to your plate.
Ingredients include: Hard-boiled eggs, Cotija cheese, Tajin spice, white onion, and pepper.
These flavorful slices are seasoned with paprika, garlic powder, and dried thyme. And thanks to the air fryer, you can have these ideal golden-brown slices in no time.
Ingredients include: Sweet potato, butter, paprika, onion and garlic powder, and dry thyme.
123. Bob Armstrong Dip
Once you try this Bob Armstrong Dip, you will never want to eat chicken quesadillas without it again. This complex dip features flavorful ground beef, sweet red bell pepper, and sour cream.
Ingredients include: Ground beef, red bell pepper, onion, American cheese, and celery.
This dip is worth longing for, with seasoned ground beef, zesty enchilada sauce, melty Mexican cheese, and a hint of smoky cumin. Not only is this dip tasty, but it’s also versatile; switch up the ground beef for ground sausage with your favorite toppings.
Ingredients include: Ground beef, enchilada sauce, Mexican cheese, sour cream, and cumin.
This chilled delight converts all of the flavors of a typical tres leches cake into a rich and comforting rice pudding.
Ingredients include: Arborio rice, egg, evaporated milk, sprinkles, maraschino cherries, and condensed milk.
126. Ecuadorian Humitas
Savor the authentic flavors of Ecuador with these mouth-watering Ecuadorian Humitas.
Served with zesty charred tomato salsa, these handheld treats are perfect for snacking.
Ingredients include: Sweet corn kernels, Roma tomatoes, garlic, butter, and sugar.
The Spicy Vegetarian Breakfast Nachos offer an intense, spicy taste with a pleasing crunch.
Ingredients include: Vegetable oil, sunny-side-up eggs, chili powder, tortilla chips, tofu, and bell pepper.
With only a few ingredients, you can make smooth and tasty refried beans on the stovetop, in a slow cooker, crockpot, or pressure cooker. The refried beans’ silky texture and savory flavor create a beautiful balance.
Ingredients include: Dried pinto beans, onion, garlic cloves, epazote, and bay leaf.
129. Empañadas De Viento
These crispy Ecuadorian delicacies will please everyone at the table, especially when paired with a soft and gooey quesadilla. What elevates this recipe is the empanada dough, which is so simple to work with and creates a wonderful crispy texture.
Ingredients include: Patty discs, all-purpose wheat flour, salt, orange juice, and baking powder.
Prepare to sail away with these Mexican Zucchini Boats. Toss in your choice of vegetables after adding onions, olive oil, enchilada sauce, and salt. Remember to add some spice, whether it’s a pinch or a punch.
Ingredients include: Zucchini, onion, olive oil, enchilada sauce, and salt.
131. Adobo Mexican Rice
You’ve got your hot and crispy chicken quesadillas, but what’s missing? This Adobo Mexican Rice, of course. The heat from the jalapeno helps cut through rich flavors.
Ingredients include: White rice, tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, and chipotle with adobo.
Thanks to the air fryer, these Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers are done in under 10 minutes with only a handful of ingredients. The star of this recipe is fresh, whole jalapeños, which are stuffed with tangy cream cheese, topped with cooked crumbled bacon and chopped green onions.
Ingredients include: Jalapeños, cream cheese, black pepper, crumbled bacon, and salt.
133. Quick Pickled Onions
With just a few simple ingredients and just a few minutes to chill in the fridge, these are crisp, sour and sweet. Can be stored for WEEKS tightly covered at the back of the fridge.
Ingredients include: Red or white onion, salt, sugar, and vinegar.
134. Carrot Cumin Soup
Ah, the delightful Carrot Cumin Soup, a velvety mixture that will warm you up from the inside out. This soup is like a cozy hug in a bowl, with the sweet, earthy flavor of carrots with the fragrant punch of cumin.
Ingredients include: Carrots, potato, onion, chicken stock, and ground cumin.
135. Taco Cups
These little taco tortilla cups make an excellent au pair for chicken quesadillas or any other Mexican-inspired dinner. The ground beef and taco seasoning combine to make a spicy filling that begs to be topped with creamy sour cream and oozy cheese.
Ingredients include: Ground beef, taco seasoning, taco tortillas, sour cream, and cheese.
Tex-Mex recipe for Cauliflower Rice is like a sassy, spicy cousin of the classic rice dish. The cauliflower is combined with a tangy tomato sauce, carrots for crunch, and a spicy chili powder and cumin mixture.
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, tomato sauce, carrots, butter, chili powder, and cumin.
137. Mangonada Margaritas
This Mangonada Margarita recipe calls for juicy, sweet mangoes, Exotico tequila reposado, and a splash of orange liqueur. But the real star of the show is the tangy and spicy tajín and chamoy seasoning, adding a kick of flavor to every sip.
Ingredients include: Mangoes, ice, orange liqueur, Exotico tequila reposado, mango nectar, and agave nectar.
138. Tamarind Drink
This refreshing recipe blends the tamarind fruit’s tangy-sweet flavor with just the right amount of sugar and ice to create a wonderfully delicious beverage.
Ingredients include: Tamarind fruit, sugar, and ice.
139. Venezuelan Tequeños
Move over chicken quesadillas, these Venezuelan Tequeños are ready to take the spotlight. Melty cheese is wrapped in dough and deep fried, need I say more?
Ingredients include: All-purpose flour, baking powder, milk, white cheese, and brown sugar.
140. Bolón De Verde
Imagine a crunchy and savory fritter made of green plantains, mixed with unsalted butter and seasoned to perfect. Inside these crispy balls lies a hidden gem: queso fresco, a soft cheese that adds contrast to the Bolón’s crispy exterior.
Ingredients include: Green plantains, unsalted butter, salt, queso fresco, and vegetable oil.
With a colorful blend of fruit cocktail, strawberries, and raisins swimming in a creamy dressing, this salad is like a winter wonderland in a bowl. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavors blend and the marshmallows soften.
Ingredients include: Condensed milk, evaporated milk, fruit cocktail, strawberries, and raisins.
This Citrus Salad With Arugula is as beautiful as it is delicious, with a citrus dressing, crisp pistachios, and a few fresh mint leaves. The acidic, sweet orange accents the peppery bite of the arugula, and the creamy avocado gives a rich flavor.
Ingredients include: Arugula, oranges, avocados, mint leaves, and pistachios.
143. Fiesta Wedge Salad
This Mexican Wedge Salad is anything but basic; it’s a zesty take on a classic wedge salad. You can make the dressing ahead of time and assemble it just before serving.
Ingredients include: Lettuce, corn kernels, mayo, bacon, Cotija cheese, and cilantro.
144. Fresh Fruit Platter
Who needs salsa when this Fresh Fruit Platter offers a refreshing contrast to the rich tastes of the main course. It’s like a piece of art, so beautiful that you won’t want to eat it…but…just a taste…
Ingredients include: Watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, and grapes.
This recipe is intended to be a stand-alone breakfast, but it also works well as a side dish. These fast morsels are stuffed and air-fried to crispy perfection, leaving you with that nice crunch. Top with sour cream and cilantro.
Ingredients include: Sausage, cream cheese, eggs, Pepper Jack cheese, and poblano peppers.
146. Chili Con Carne
Packed with paprika, chili powder, cumin, and dried herbs, this bold Chili Con Carne will add a little sizzle to your quesadizzle. But the secret is the sneaky addition of cinnamon.
Ingredients include: Paprika, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, dried herbs, and tomato paste.
147. Ensalada De Palmitos
This Ensalada De Palmitos, or Palm Heart Salad, is a true masterpiece of flavor and texture. Toss with some mixed greens and season with salt.
Ingredients include: Garlic cloves, hearts of palm, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and scallion.
148. Mexican 75 Cocktail
This tequila-based drink packs a punch with its combination of tangy lime juice, sweet agave nectar, and of course, the star of the show, champagne.
Ingredients include: Lime juice, tequila, agave nectar, ice, and champagne.
Chicharrones de Harina are created from Duros, which are little, puffed wheats. To make the Duros extra crispy, air fry them at 390°F for 2 minutes, which gives them a delightful crunch without being greasy.
Ingredients include: Duros, olive oil, tajin, and cinnamon sugar.
But what do you serve with quesadillas? Here are a few ideas to get you started, then keep reading our epic list above with more details and links:
- Taco soup: This hearty soup is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day. It's made with all the classic taco flavors, like ground beef, beans, corn, and tomatoes.
- Five-alarm chili: This spicy chili is sure to heat things up. It's made with ground beef, beans, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
- Homemade air fryer tortilla chips: These crispy chips are the perfect way to dip into your favorite salsa or guacamole.
- Refreshing Drinks with Chamoy: This sweet and sour sauce is a popular Mexican condiment. It's made with pickled fruits, chili peppers, and spices.
- Mexican Martini: This refreshing cocktail is perfect for a party. It's made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur.
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This soup is smoky, cheesy, and incredibly delicious: the Creamy Poblano Pepper Soup. When served alongside chicken quesadillas, the velvety soup provides a welcome contrast to the delicious crunch of the quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Poblano peppers, butter, cilantro, Mexican queso, and cornstarch.
151. Five-Alarm Chili
Spice up your dinner with Five-Alarm Chili, a “dump and go” recipe that’s not for the faint of heart. If the heat gets too intense, just add a dollop of sour cream, Mexican crema, or creme fraiche to cool things down.
Ingredients include: Ground beef, white onion, sugar, cayenne pepper, seasoning powder, and garlic.
152. Fruit Pizza
The buttery sugar cookie crust serves as a perfect canvas for the velvety cream cheese frosting, which is then adorned with a rainbow of juicy, fresh fruits. A spoonful of apricot jam is then carefully brushed over the top to create a luscious shine.
Ingredients include: All-purpose flour, baking soda, cream cheese, sugar, and fresh fruits.
This is one of the most wonderful veggie side dishes and you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with plain old corn. The “confetti” is the pepper and bacon.
Ingredients include: Bacon, corn kernels, bell peppers, cream cheese, onion, and milk.
The air fryer makes blissful quick work of so many delicious things, but especially when you want something crisp. This list offers up a ton of Mexican recipes to make in your air fryer.
Ingredients include: Chimichangas, tamales, Mexican pizza, enchiladas, and more.
With its juicy strawberries, plump red grapes, and bursts of blueberries, it offers the perfect balance of sweet and tart. But what really makes this salad pop is the fresh mint and honey lime dressing.
Ingredients include: Strawberries, red grapes, blueberries, kiwi, fresh mint, and honey.
This Mexican Air Fryer Cauliflower is so scrumptious that you’ll forget there’s anything else on the menu. Please don’t scrimp on the seasoning because that is what elevates this side dish from decent to fantastic.
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, olive oil, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and parsley.
If you’re headed to a Mexican feast of any kind and you want to bring something hearty and robust, choose one of these recipes for mexican casseroles.
Ingredients include: Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole, Vegetarian Mexican Rice Casserole, Mexican Cornbread Casserole, and more.
158. Mexican Pizza
The Mexican Pizza, a beloved creation that is no longer just a Taco Bell staple. And who needs Taco Bell when you can make your own at home in the air fryer? It may need a little extra effort, but the result is worth the wait.
Ingredients include: Taco seasoning, ground beef, cheddar jack cheese, enchilada sauce, and lettuce.
This sweet bread is so tender, it melts in your mouth faster than a ghost disappearing in the night. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular offering for altars during the Day of the Dead.
Ingredients include: Butter, all-purpose flour, eggs, and anise seeds.
160. Wet Veggie Burrito
The mixture of Mexican spices such as adobo seasoning, oregano, and cumin with the hearty combination of grains and beans is truly addicting. The secret to this burrito’s delectability is the green enchilada sauce that smothers it all.
Ingredients include: Adobo seasoning, oregano, flour tortillas, and cumin.
This flavorful chili is loaded with colorful vegetables like red and green bell peppers and hearty beans. The zucchini lends a light, fresh flavor, while the barbeque sauce adds a sweet and tangy kick balanced by the hot chili powder.
Ingredients include: Olive oil, bell peppers, barbeque sauce, beans, and zucchini.
There may be only one great thing about being a grownup and that’s dessert before dinner. Choose one or two of these Mexican-inspired cookie recipes to treat yourself.
Ingredients include: Hot cocoa sandwich cookies, Crinkle cookies, Mexican Wedding cookies, and more.
Prepare to have your taste buds transported to the streets of Honduras by these Catrachas! These tostadas aren’t only delicious but also perfect for those who are short on time.
Ingredients include: Tostada shells, refried red beans, Honduran crema, Tabasco sauce, and cotija cheese.
164. Quick Taco Soup
Our Quick Taco Soup is another sidekick to chicken quesadillas, or as I like to call them, quesadilla’s best friend. The recipe has endless possibilities for customization.
Ingredients include: Ground beef, stewed tomatoes, red bell pepper, green chiles, and black beans.
165. Layered Taco Salad
If you want a crowd-pleasing side dish for chicken quesadillas, include this Layered Taco Salad. Add in some colorful bell peppers, swap out the lettuce for crisp romaine, or toss in some creamy pinto beans and sharp cheddar cheese.
Ingredients include: Ground beef, taco seasoning, lettuce, black beans, and cucumber.
166. Mexican Appetizers
Whether it’s a soup, salad or finger food, here’s a great list of 27 Mexican-inspired appetizers you’ll love to make (and eat!).
Ingredients include: White queso, salsa, elote dip, Mexican spinach dip, and more.
These Beef Empanadas are so easy to make with store-bought pie crust. The beef filling is so juicy and flavorful that you’ll want to savor every bite.
Ingredients include: Pre-made pie crust, ground beef, chili powder, Mexican cheese, cumin, bell pepper, and egg.
168. Yuca Fritters
These delightful morsels from the Dominican Republic bring a touch of crispy joy to any meal. As you take a bite, a symphony of textures unfolds. The outer layer crackles like fireworks, while the inside reveals a velvety, soft core that melts in your mouth.
Ingredients include: Yuca, butter, egg, anise seed, and sugar.
169. Nopales Fries
Imagine sinking your teeth into crispy strips of nopales, coated in a secret blend of Italian spice, arrowroot powder, and flaxseed meal. And here’s a little secret: double-dip these bad boys in the breading process to ensure they’re thoroughly coated and ready to go in the oven.
Ingredients include: Nopales, unsweetened plant-based milk, Italian seasoning, arrowroot powder, and flaxseed meal.
170. Mexican Spinach Dip
This hearty dip isn’t only a fantastic side dish, but they also add a touch of Mexican flair to your chicken quesadillas. The recipe is versatile and you can prepare it ahead of time and simply heat it up when the big day arrives.
Ingredients include: Cream cheese, spinach, cumin, and tomatoes.
Step right up and prepare to be amazed by these incredible recipes for easy, simple Mexican side dishes.
Ingredients include: Salsa corn cakes, taco slaw, guac, and more.
172. Tequila Lime Shrimp
Tequila & Lime Grilled Shrimp is the life of the party, with succulent shrimp, zesty shallots, and a splash of tequila that adds a little wink to every bite.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, shallots, tequila, lime juice, and olive oil.
173. Skillet Fried Corn
Skillet Fried Corn (From A Can) simple yet flavorful—corn kernels, butter, oil, salt, and black pepper—it transforms from humble to a star side dish. Don’t be too eager to stir, my friend, because we’re looking for that delectable char for a smoky essence.
Ingredients include: Corn kernels, butter, oil, salt , and black pepper.
Calling all fruit salad enthusiasts and margarita lovers, this recipe is for y’all. A dash of tequila and a sprinkle of sugar to create an infused simple syrup takes this fruit medley to the next level.
Ingredients include: Strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, lime juice, sugar, tequila, and cantaloupe.
175. Charred Corn Salsa
This zesty accompaniment is so good, it could turn even the most serious chicken quesadilla eater into a salsa-dipping maniac. The sliced red onion and jalapeño pepper add a spicy kick to the mix, while the cilantro joins in with its fresh and aromatic touch.
Ingredients include: Corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro.
These taquitos are loaded with so many vegetables that even the pickiest of eaters won’t have a clue. Give ’em a try and watch the veggies disappear, like magic. Abracadabra, taquitos style! 🌮🎩
Ingredients include: Cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, red onion, cumin, and flour tortillas.
Delicious, comforting and quick to make, here’s our list of recipes for Mexican-style soups that add a little something zesty to any ‘dilla.
Ingredients include: Tortilla soup, green enchiladas soup, slow cooker chicken corn chowder, and more.
178. Dairy Free Taco Dip
This party-perfect side dish layers velvety beans, tantalizing guacamole, vibrant veggies, and a touch of “cheesy” indulgence. Not feeling the olives or cilantro? Swap out for something else and customize it to your liking.
Ingredients include: Avocado, lime juice, salt, dairy free refried beans, and cilantro.
These beans may not have been soaked from scratch, but don’t fret. With a little can-do attitude (pun intended), these refried beans taste as though they were lovingly crafted in a Mexican abuela’s kitchen.
Ingredients include: Refried beans, vegetable broth, onion salt, garlic salt, and ground pepper.
Fire up the grill. This Grilled Pineapple isn’t just a delicious addition to your BBQ, it’s a showstopper with chicken quesadillas, too. But what I love about this recipe is it’s as easy on the wallet as it is on the taste buds.
Ingredients include: Pineapple, melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Creamy, stringy, and irresistibly melty, Oaxaca cheese will turn your dishes into fully loaded family favorites. If you haven’t tried it yet, then get started with this list of 13 Oaxaca cheese recipes!
Ingredients include: Grilled Mexican Pizza With Salsa Verde & Chorizo, Homemade queso fundido, Cheese onion enchiladas, and more.
Listen up, my fellow cocktail aficionados. Have you ever tried a Michelada? If not, you should make this authentic version, it’s powerfully flavored, spicy, and refreshing.
Ingredients include: Tajin seasoning, lime juice, Maggi liquid seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco, and Mexican lager.
The air fryer magic turns them into crispy, crunchy beauties on the exterior, with a cheesy and slightly spicy filling on the inside.
Ingredients include: Chili powder, pepper, salsa, and black beans.
This recipe combines brown sugar, butter, whipping cream, spiced rum, and a sprinkle of cinnamon magic. The grilled pineapple pairs wonderfully with chicken quesadillas, bringing a flash of sunshine with its delicious juicy and subtle smoky flavor.
Ingredients include: Brown sugar, butter, whipping cream, spiced rum, and cinnamon.
185. Air Fryer Bananas
They’re like little nuggets of pure banana bliss, with a touch of sweet flavor and warmth.
They go into the air fryer and come out with a caramelized, crispy exterior. The inside is still soft and tender.
Ingredients include: Ripe bananas, oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
186. Mexican Pasta Salad
This vibrant dish comes to life with a sweet note from honey and a zesty kick of chili powder. With its playful medley of flavors and textures, it adds a refreshing twist to the quesadilla experience.
Ingredients include: Pasta, mayonnaise, honey, salt, and chili powder.
Take set it and forget it to a whole other level with these Mexican style crockpot recipes. If you love tex-mex, these Mexican crockpot recipes can be a lifesaver on busy days!
Ingredients include: Crockpot Chicken Fajitas, Crockpot Mexican Casserole, Slow Cooker Caramel Flan, and more.
188. Baked Flautas
With a generous filling of zesty refried beans, gooey cheese, and a sprinkle of chili spice, each bite of these Baked Flautas transports you to culinary heaven.
Ingredients include: Refried beans, salsa, chili powder, and corn tortillas.
This is already a huge list of choices, and we’ve just added 30 more! If you’re hosting a Mexican potluck feast and want to add dishes alongside your ‘dillas, ground beef is economical and filling.
Ingredients include: Homemade beef chimichangas, tamale pie, Mexican stuffed shells, Doritos taco pasta salad, and more.
190. Cucumber Salad
Imagine a garden-fresh cucumber, thinly sliced, and ready to add a crisp and cool factor.
Ingredients include: Cucumber, sugar, salt, black pepper, and olive oil
Let me introduce you to our Mexican Tortilla Casserole, a beautifully layered stack of a tantalizing combination of corn, rice, ground beef, and cheese.
Ingredients include: Cooked white rice, black beans, oregano, and corn.
Take a bite out of Mexico’s most famous handheld snacks and easy treats at home with these 35 Mexican street food recipes! There’s a lot more than tacos, burritos, and nachos to Mexican street food than meets the eye!
Ingredients include: Bionicos, churros, gorditas, and more.
193. Easy Arepas
These little corn cakes made with corn flour, water, salt, and olive oil are so versatile, you can stuff them with all sorts of delicious fillings like cheese, meat, veggies, or even peanut butter and jelly if you’re feeling adventurous.
Ingredients include: Corn flour, water, salt, and olive oil.
Let’s give a warm welcome to the incredible Salsa Macha. This fiery Mexican delight, originating from Veracruz, is here to pique your interest. Dried chilies, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, shallots, and olive oil team up to create a flavor experience.
Ingredients include: Pumpkin seeds, shallot, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil.
This Roasted Mexican Zucchini is a quick side dish that not only plays the perfect supporting role to the scrumptious, melty chicken quesadillas but also brings a delightful balance to your plate.
Ingredients include: Zucchini, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cotija cheese, and cilantro.
Chimichurri Cauliflower Steaks are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with flavor thanks to the magical combo of olive oil, salt, paprika, and oregano.
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, olive oil, salt, paprika, and oregano.
These Mexican Street Corn Brussels Sprouts are going to knock your socks off. They’re roasted or air fried until they’re crispy and charred, and then tossed in a creamy mixture of mayo, lime juice, and cilantro.
Ingredients include: Brussels sprouts, olive oil, mayo, lime juice, and cilantro.
198. Taco Rice
This Taco Rice is cooked to perfection with chicken broth, butter, and spices like cumin and salt, resulting in a side that matches the savory chicken quesadillas.
Ingredients include: Butter, rice, chicken broth, cumin, and salt.
Holy guacamole! You’ve got to try these Cheesy Corn Cakes with Spicy Avocado Salsa. These little cakes are like a cheesy dream come true, filled with sweet corn, creamed corn, eggs, and cheddar.
Ingredients include: Corn, creamed corn, egg, cheddar, and flour.
This Baked Brazilian Pineapple has a sweet, tangy, and juicy flavor that will transport you to a tropical paradise.
Ingredients include: Pineapple, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and vegetable oil.
This Spicy Southern Hot Corn dish is like a sassy Southern belle: sweet, spicy, and full of personality.
Ingredients include: Corn, red bell pepper, butter, paprika, and salt.
This delicious Summer Broccoli Salad is an enticing ensemble of fresh, crunchy broccoli florets mingling with crisp, colorful cabbage and carrots, embracing the nutty, savory notes of manchego cheese.
Ingredients include: Broccoli florets, cabbage, carrot, manchego cheese, and honey.
The bottom line
There are no real secrets to choosing the perfect side dishes for chicken quesadillas. Hopefully this epic list of side dishes that go great with chicken quesadillas will help you choose!
I hope you enjoy these delicious quesadilla sides!