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Guide To Side Dishes: What To Serve With Steak Tacos?

Maria Foster
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by Maria Foster

Steak tacos are a great meal that everyone can enjoy while getting in some essential nutrients. You can make your steak tacos unique but they may not be enough to satisfy you when served on their own. 

You need some awesome side dishes that are going to compliment your steak tacos and make sure everyone leaves the table satisfied. 

Guide To Side Dishes: What to Serve with Steak Tacos?

Below are 7 of the best side dishes to serve with steak tacos that are going to take your feast to another level. Grilled corn, lime rice, and so much more can help brighten up your dinner and make it delicious. 

Let’s get into it!

Do You Need To Serve Side Dishes With Steak Tacos?

Ultimately, no you do not need to serve side dishes with steak tacos. If you serve your guests at least 3 or 4 tacos each, they should be satisfied for a few hours. 

However, if you don’t want to spend your life savings on steak, then you most certainly need to serve side dishes. 

Adding just a few side dishes to your meal can add layers of flavors you never thought possible. And it will make sure everyone has enough food to fill their stomachs. 

You want your side dishes to be easier on the palette as steak is such rich meat. Anything too overpowering and you may lose your title as ‘Best Cook’. Below is a selection of simple side dishes that are going to elevate your steak tacos and have flavors bursting on your tongue. 

Are you ready to get cooking? 

7 Best Side Dishes To Serve With Steak Tacos 

Now we can get into the good stuff. Your side dishes don’t have to be overly complicated to keep a smile on your guest’s faces. Keep it simple and enjoy every bite. 

1. Nachos And Salsa 

Nothing works better than some cheesy Nachos and Salsa when it comes to steak tacos. You can make your nachos as colorful or as basic as you like. 

Start with a bowl of tortilla chips, layer over a generous helping of cheese, top with fresh jalapenos, and pop in the oven to melt the cheese. Or you can add red onion, tomatoes, and seasonings for an even bigger burst of flavor. 

Serve with sour cream, guacamole, salsa (store-bought makes life easier), and of course some fresh lime wedges. 

You can dish your Nachos and Salsa out as an entree for your guests to nibble on or serve them with your steak tacos for a delectable meal. 

Although the chips and salsa may have comparable textures to the steak, the extra crunch from the nachos is a great way to complement the meat inside the taco.

2. Coleslaw

If there is one side dish that deserves to be served with any meal, it is Coleslaw. Creamy, rich, and crunchy. It has all of the best things for an excellent side dish. 

Thinly slice your cabbage and carrots, cut your green onions, and place it all in a bowl. For the dressing, you are going to combine mayonnaise, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black pepper and mix everything together. 

This is an essential side dish when serving steak tacos as the flavors balance each other out and it adds new textures to the meal. 

You can make your Coleslaw ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Meaning you spend less time in the kitchen and more time making memories. 

3. Lime And Cilantro Rice

Of course, you can serve boring old plain white rice. Or if you want to be even healthier you can go with brown rice. But it is never going to bring flavor the way this Lime and Cilantro Rice recipe will. 

Once you have rinsed your rice, saute chopped onion and garlic in a little water. Add your rice and let it cook for a few minutes before adding water and covering. It should take around 15 minutes to cook over low heat. 

When it is cooked, remove it from the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. Mix and serve. 

A top tip is to cook your rice in chicken or bone broth for added nutrients and a whole lot of flavor. 

4. Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad, also known as Esquites, is a spicy, sour, and smokey dish all rolled into one. This salad is unlike any other and tastes exactly like corn on the cob from Mexico!

This easy corn salad is made from sauteed corn, onions, chilies, and salt. Esquite, a Mexican street corn salad, is best served in a cup and topped with everything from salt and mayonnaise to lime juice, chili powder, and spicy sauce.

This is a super simple side dish that is a great way to get some veggies in. Perfect if you have little ones who would rather eat a pint of ice cream than touch a vegetable. 

Finish everything off with a sprinkling of cheese, cilantro, and another squeeze of fresh lime juice. 

5. Mexican Sweet Potatoes

These Mexican Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes are delicious sweet potato cubes that are coated in spices, garlic, and lime juice and then roasted in the oven for only 20 minutes.

They make a fantastic side dish for tacos, fajitas, and BBQs.

If you want to make your sweet potatoes even fluffier on the inside, boil them in salted water for around 5 minutes until slightly tender. Pat them off, season and pop them in the oven or air fryer. 

Serve with a spicy mayo sauce and you have something truly incredible. They are extremely easy as there is no need to peel your potatoes and you can serve them straight away. 

Make them more appealing by cutting them into the shapes of fries. Kiddos will never know the difference!

6. Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice is an absolute must when serving steak tacos. It gives regular rice a new edge that can completely transform your meal. 

You can begin with white rice. Saute your onion and garlic in a pan with olive oil or butter and add your washed, uncooked rice. Allow that to cook for a few minutes before adding passata and your frozen veggies. 

Add some water to the pan and cover. Allow it to cook on low heat until your rice is tender and fluffy. 

For some protein, use chicken broth and add some black beans to the rice. Serve with a fresh squeeze of lime juice and enjoy!

7. Mango Salsa

Not got time to cook anything else? This Mango Salsa recipe takes less than 10 minutes and requires no cooking at all. Just a whole load of chopping. 

Fresh mango, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime are all you need for this recipe. Finely chop all of your ingredients, pop them in a bowl, and mix. Season with salt and pepper for a delicious side dish. 

Serve with tortilla chips for an easy entree that your guests can enjoy while you cook. You can also make it up to 2 days in advance and store it in the fridge. 

Delicious, fresh, and truly delicious. What more can you ask for?

Final Thoughts 

Steak tacos are a delicious meal that you can make during the week. But with growing kids in the house, you may need more than the tacos themselves. Unless you want to buy excessive amounts of steak every week. 

We have 7 of the best side dishes that go perfectly with steak tacos. From 5 minute recipes to flavorful rice dishes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

All it takes is some effort and a few spices to make some awesome dishes that are going to have a dance party happening on your tongue. 

Get cooking and enjoy!

About Maria Foster
Maria Foster
Maria Foster is a mother of 3 and she and her husband of 23 years share their home with 2 faithful dogs. Besides being CEO of the household and active in her community, Maria is the lead contributor to Food Champs and loves to try new food ideas and kitchen accessories to make easier and more delicious meals.
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