Fajitas are fun, even more so when you have friends over to share them. If you have got company you might want to make your meal stretch a little further and knowing what to serve with fajitas is a sure-fire way to ensure success. In this article, we are going to look at what to serve with fajitas. grab yourself a tortilla and dig in!
17 Fajitas Side Dishes
Fajitas are so tasty on their own but unlocking the true potential and taste comes when you combine them with our list of fajitas side dishes.
Anything involving a vast amount of avocado gets our approval. It doesn’t get better than nature’s butter! Guacamole is rich, creamy, and super easy to make. You don’t even need a food processor, just a sturdy fork and a little patience. The other ingredients you’ll need are easy to come by. Some red onion, a handful of chopped cilantro, and some chopped jalapenos. Mix it, throw a spoonful or two onto your fajitas, job done!
Making salsa is simple. The best bit is that you can make different levels of spicy so all of your guests can be kept happy without getting them too hot under the collar. We find a blender is the easiest way to make salsa. Just whizz up some tomatoes, an onion, and a handful of cilantro. Don’t overdo it, remember, we want salsa not puree. A couple of pulses should be more than enough. Add a chili or two for a fiery kick.
3. Grilled Avocado
If you have gone down the chipotle route with your fajitas then there will already be a smoky element. Avocado grills really well. The black char stripes make for an eye-catching side dish. Heat a griddle pan until it is smoking hot and lay your avocado cut side down for around 1 minute. Remember you don’t need to cook the avocado, you are just after some signature stripes.
4. Mexican Elote
What’s a fiesta without some Mexican street food? Topped corn on the cob is available on nearly every street corner in Mexico, and if they can make it on a street, you can make it in your kitchen. Cook corncobs as normal then smother with chili powder sour cream and cotija cheese. Pop under the broiler for 5 minutes until the cheese goes all gooey.
5. Rice with Black Beans
With this dish, you have the option of serving it on the side or wrapping it up within your tortillas. It is a simple dish, normal white rice is pepped up with a little chopped cilantro, perhaps a small handful of finely chopped bell pepper, and of course a couple of tablespoons of black beans. A squeeze of lime juice brings the dish together perfectly.
6. Corn Salad
‘Salad’ doesn’t have to be full of leafy greens. Consider this as a sort of corn salsa. If you don’t want the hassle of making elote, but still want a splash of vibrant yellow on your plate then this is the way to go. Just mix cooked corn kernels with chopped red onions, some cilantro some cucumber, and a splash of lime juice. Let it rest for around 1 hour for all of the flavors to meld together and the onion to pickle and sweeten slightly.
7. Refried Beans
Is there a Mexican dish that doesn’t work with refried beans? When a dip is as tasty as this you’ll see why we consider it a firm favorite. Mixing refried beans with a little cheese, some cream cheese, and a little taco seasoning before baking transforms a simple ingredient into something wonderful. If you like it spicy, you can add a little hot sauce too! If you are pushed for time this dish can be made in minutes, just put it into the microwave!
8. Grilled Peppers
This is one of our favorite ideas for what to serve with fajitas. It will take you less than 15 minutes to prepare. You can serve grilled peppers separately, so your guests can help themselves and make their own custom fajitas. A hot griddle pan is a great way to get some sear marks down the sides of the peppers. We like to cook them quickly so that they retain a little bit of crunch, adding texture to your fajitas. You can slice grilled peppers really finely after cooking or leave them nice and chunky.
9. Simple Side Salad
So you’ll have mountains of meat, dips, and a huge stack of tortillas. That’s a lot of food, and you might want to keep it a little lighter. A salad should work quite nicely. It doesn’t need to be complicated, after all the focus is actually on the fajitas. Combine lettuce, cucumber, and tomato. If that is a little too bland for you, a drop of mayonnaise or a splash of olive oil and paprika should transform it into something light and refreshing.
10. Spicy Roast Potatoes
If you are feeding a fair few people then an easy way to pad out a dish is to use potatoes. But let’s not be boring and add a little spice. Peel and cut potatoes (we find odd shapes are the best) and boil in salted water for 5 minutes. Drain and toss with some olive oil, sliced onion, and a tablespoon of garlic and chili powder. Roast in a hot oven for 40 minutes turning halfway. Just before serving add a handful of grated cheese, and allow it to melt.
11. Grated Cheese
For many this is the perfect side for fajitas and others debate it’s unnecessary. Too much grated cheese and you’re making something to the equivalent of enchiladas.
One thing that holds true is wedges are suitable sides for fajitas and just about any other dish. They compliment any dish they’re served with.
Quick and easy to make, this is perfect and something you can certainly agree when deciding what goes with fajitas.
For many, nachos are a guilty pleasure but they go extremely well when combined with fajitas. They’re light enough that they can almost feel like a snack. They perfectly compliment this main course.
The ultimate snack to combine with the dips mentioned above such as guacamole and salsa. Serve nachos at your next family meal time and you’ll have everyone pleased.
14. Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo is a fresh tomato salsa that adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to fajitas. It’s a mix of chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapenos, and it provides a refreshing counterpoint to the rich flavors of the fajitas.
15. Sour Cream
Sour cream is a traditional side for fajitas. Its cool, tangy flavor complements the spicy fajita filling and adds a creamy texture to the dish.
16. Grilled Corn
Grilled corn, whether served on the cob or cut off and mixed into a salad, is a sweet and smoky side that pairs well with fajitas. The kernels add a burst of sweetness that contrasts nicely with the savory fajita fillings.
17. Queso Dip
Queso dip, a warm and creamy cheese dip, is a crowd-pleasing side dish. It can be used as a topping for the fajitas or as a dip for chips.
Fajitas are great if you can mix and match. Allowing your guests to build their own is half the fun. A lot of our suggestions on what to serve with fajitas can be used as an accompaniment or served within the tortilla. Fajitas can be made with most meats and different vegetables; all of the sides will work regardless. We hope you enjoy them.