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What to Serve with Birria Tacos? 11 BEST Side Dishes

Want to make your birria taco night unforgettable? We know the feeling. Crunchy, juicy, and packed with flavor, birria tacos are already a treat. But what if we told you they could be even better?

Pairing them with the right sides can take your meal to the next level. Think about creamy guac, spicy salsa, and zesty slaw. We’ve tried it all and we’re here to share our favorite picks with you.

So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty—the best sides to serve with your birria tacos. Grab a plate, because things are about to get delicious.

Top 11 Side Dishes for Birria Tacos

Here are our top 11 picks for the best side dishes to serve with birria tacos:

Side DishIngredientsFlavorDifficultyTime
Cilantro Lime RiceRice, cilantro, lime juice, garlicBright, zestyEasy30 mins
Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn)Corn, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, limeCreamy, spicy, tangyModerate20 mins
Refried BeansPinto beans, onion, garlic, spicesRich, savoryEasy45 mins
GuacamoleAvocado, onion, tomato, lime, cilantroFresh, creamy, tangyEasy15 mins
Pico de GalloTomato, onion, cilantro, lime, jalapeñoBright, acidic, spicyEasy20 mins
Mexican Street Corn SaladCorn, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, limeCreamy, spicy, tangyEasy25 mins
Queso FrescoQueso fresco cheeseMild, creamyEasy5 mins
Lime WedgesLimesTart, acidicEasy5 mins
Pickled Red OnionsRed onion, vinegar, sugar, spicesTangy, sweet, crunchyEasy30 mins
Jalapeño SlicesJalapeñosSpicyEasy5 mins
Avocado SaladAvocado, tomato, onion, lime, cilantroFresh, creamy, tangyEasy15 mins

1 – Cilantro Lime Rice

Fresh and zesty, this side dish brings a burst of flavor. Think creamy avocados and tangy lime. Perfectly balanced with just a touch of cilantro. We love how refreshing it feels.

It’s a crowd-pleaser at any table. This rice is simple yet impressive. It pairs well with everything. Quick to make and always satisfying.

2 – Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn)

Elote (Mexican grilled corn) is a standout. The smoky char from the grill meets the creaminess of mayo, a squeeze of lime, and a sprinkle of cheese.

We can’t get enough of this flavor combo. It’s sweet, tangy, and a bit spicy. This corn is a fiesta for our taste buds. Perfect for birria tacos.

3 – Refried Beans

Refried beans are a classic side. They’re creamy and savory.

We love how they complement the spice of birria tacos. Plus, they add a nice heft to the meal.

Their rich flavor and smooth texture make them irresistible. Perfect for those who want a bit more substance.

They’re simple yet satisfying. A staple on any taco night.

4 – Guacamole

Guacamole is a must-try. We dish out the perfect creamy and tangy combo. Think buttery avocados, fresh lime, and a bit of spice.

The texture is smooth with chunky bits. We love it with everything. It’s versatile and delicious. Perfect for any taco night. Always a crowd favorite. We always make extra!

5 – Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a salsa you should know. It’s fresh and crunchy. Tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños give it a kick. Zesty lime juice pulls it all together. We love its vibrant colors. It’s the perfect, light companion to rich birria tacos.

Our favorite thing: it’s healthy and low-calorie. Simple, colorful, and tasty—Pico rocks taco night!

6 – Mexican Street Corn Salad

Have you tried Mexican Street Corn Salad? We think it’s a party in a bowl. It’s got that smokiness from grilled corn, mixed with creamy mayo, tangy lime, and a sprinkle of cheese.

This salad is sweet, tangy, and a bit spicy. We adore its vibrant flavors. Perfect with our birria tacos. Watch out, it’s addictive!

7 – Queso Fresco

You know what’s hard to beat? The crumbly texture of queso fresco. It’s light, slightly salty, and pairs perfectly with our tacos. Fresh cheese, just like the name says.

Melts a bit, stays crumbly. We love it because it’s versatile and adds that needed extra layer of flavor. Simple and delicious.

8 – Lime Wedges

We think lime wedges are the ultimate sidekick. They’re small, mighty, and pack a zesty punch. A squeeze of lime adds a burst of refreshing citrus. It cuts through the richness of our tacos perfectly.

They’re our go-to for an extra layer of flavor. Simple, yet transformative. Can’t beat that fresh, tangy twist!

9 – Pickled Red Onions

We love pickled red onions for their tangy crunch. They bring a pop of color and a zesty kick to the plate. Crunchy and bold, they balance out the rich flavors of birria tacos.

Pickled onions stand out for their sharp, sweet, and sour bite. They cut through the heaviness with ease. Perfect for adding that extra zing!

10 – Jalapeño Slices

Looking for a bite that wakes you up? Jalapeño slices are just the thing! They’re spicy, crisp, and add a fiery kick to our tacos. We love the contrast they bring.

Fresh jalapeños? Yes, please. They add just the right amount of heat. Perfect for anyone wanting to spice things up. They’re simple yet elevate the dish. Yummy!

11 – Avocado Salad

Have you ever met an avocado salad you didn’t like? We sure haven’t. This side dish is creamy with a touch of tang from lime and cilantro.

The avocados offer buttery goodness. Tomatoes add sweetness, and red onions bring a crunch. Both work well together. We love how fresh and light it feels. Ideal for birria tacos!