Quesadillas are a great way to have a filling, delicious meal that’s also easy to make. The only problem with quesadillas is that they can be a little dry, so it’s important to add some side dishes to your meal.
We’ve put together a list of the best side dishes for quesadillas so that you can serve up something delicious for your next family night!
20 Best Side Dishes For Quesadillas
1. Chips & Salsa
Salsa is a great side dish for quesadillas because it adds some spice and flavor to your meal. If you want something more traditional, then you can make your own salsa from scratch using fresh tomatoes, onions, and other seasonal ingredients. However, if you don’t have time or want something quick and easy, then look for a jar of salsa at the grocery store. Choose one with good reviews on the label that has no high fructose corn syrup or preservatives in it. Chips go well with salsa because they help scoop up all the liquid from the salsa so you don’t spill it all over yourself!
2. Salsa verde
Salsa verde is a traditional Mexican sauce made from tomatillos, onion, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeño peppers. It’s easy to make yourself at home and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!
3. Pico de gallo
Pico de gallo is another popular Mexican salsa made from diced tomato, onion, cilantro (and optionally lime juice), salt, and pepper. It’s also easy to make at home—just chop up your ingredients and toss them together!
Beans can be used as an ingredient in many different kinds of Mexican dishes including burritos and tacos but they’re also delicious on their own without any other accompaniments needed (just make sure there aren’t any tomatoes in there though).
5. Refried Beans
Refried beans are another great addition to any quesadilla meal because they provide both protein and fiber which will keep you full longer than just eating tortillas alone! They also taste great when paired with cheese so they’re perfect for making quesadillas! Just like salsa, there are many different brands of refried beans available at the grocery store. Look for a brand that has no high fructose corn syrup or preservatives in it.
6. Chips and Guacamole
It’s hard to believe that guacamole is ever considered a side dish! But if you’re looking for something to go along with your quesadilla, chips, and guacamole are the way to go. Add a little spice by adding chili powder or cayenne pepper when making your guacamole, and pair it with some spicy salsa or pico de gallo.
This is one of the most common ingredients in Mexican food and it’s a great choice as a side dish for quesadillas because it provides some extra moisture. It tastes great with tortillas too!
7. Rice and Beans
A classic combination of flavors and textures, rice and beans are an essential part of any Mexican meal—and it goes so well with quesadillas! You can make it as simple as possible by cooking up some rice in vegetable broth and tossing in diced tomatoes and black beans at the end. Or you could go all out with homemade refried beans, cooked just right so they’re nice and creamy but not too soft.
8. Cilantro-Lime Rice
This rice is seasoned with cilantro and lime juice to give it a fresh flavor. It is deliciously served alongside tacos or burritos or as a side dish for grilled meats or fish. The rice can be cooked ahead of time and reheated in the microwave when ready to serve.
9. Black Bean Salad
This black bean salad is made in minutes with canned beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion tossed together in a dressing of olive oil, vinegar, and garlic. It’s great served on its own as a side dish for grilled meats or fish but also goes well with Mexican dishes such as tacos or burritos.
10. Mexican Slaw
The best accompaniment for a quesadilla is a slaw. It adds freshness, crunch, and color to the meal while balancing out the richness of the tortilla and cheese. This one is made with cabbage, radishes, and carrots, but you can make your own version with whatever vegetables you have on hand. It’s a great way to use up leftover produce from your CSA box or weekend farmers’ market haul.
11. Cheesy Potatoes
These cheesy potatoes are a great option if you’re looking for something that goes beyond chips and salsa as an accompaniment to your quesadilla. They’re incredibly easy to make, but they’ll make everyone think you spent hours in the kitchen. And since there’s no cream or milk involved, these baked potatoes are dairy-free as well!
12. Mashed Potatoes With A Twist
Mashed potatoes are one of the most popular side dishes for Mexican food. They’re easy to make, and they go well with almost anything, including quesadillas. Instead of making plain mashed potatoes, though, try making them with a twist. You can use a variety of different ingredients to change up the flavor profile of your mashed potatoes. For example, if you want to add more spice, try adding some cumin or chili powder to your potato mixture. If you want something sweet, try adding some cinnamon or nutmeg. If you want something creamy and cheesy, try adding some sour cream or cheese into the mix. You’ll find that there are many different ways to prepare mashed potatoes for quesadillas!
13. Sweet Potato Salad
Another popular side dish is sweet potato salad, which is delicious when eaten at room temperature or cold. Sweet potato salad pairs well with spicy foods like quesadillas because it has a similar sweetness to them as well as being somewhat salty from the dressing used on top of it; however, it also has an earthy taste that helps balance out all those spices within your quesadilla.
14. Chicken Tortilla Soup
This is another one of those recipes that you can make in advance and keep it in the fridge for weeks. It’s a great dish to have on hand for lunch or dinner.
15. Pork and Poblano Soup
The pork shoulder and poblano peppers give this soup its depth of flavor, but the real star is the homemade tortilla strips. They’re easy to make, and they make all the difference in the world!
16. Mexican Street Corn
Quesadillas are often served with Mexican street corn as a side dish. Mexican street corn is cooked on the cob, then slathered in butter, mayonnaise and cheese before it is grilled again. It makes a great accompaniment to any quesadilla recipe.
17. Corn Salad
A simple salad made from fresh corn kernels cut off the cob and mixed with diced red bell pepper, green onions and fresh cilantro make an excellent side dish for quesadillas. This salad takes just minutes to prepare and only needs to be dressed with lime juice or lemon juice before serving
18. Pickled Jalapenos
A jar of pickled jalapenos (also called pickled peppers) is essential for quesadillas. They add a spicy kick to the dish and make it more interesting.
19. Avocado Salad
You can also add avocado salad to your quesadillas. To make an avocado salad, cut an avocado into cubes and place them in a bowl. Then, mix some lime juice and salt with the avocado. Add fresh coriander leaves for garnishing and enjoy!
20. Shrimp Ceviche
Ceviche is a dish made with raw fish or seafood, marinated in an acidic liquid, such as lemon or lime juice, and spiced with chili peppers. The acid “cooks” the fish and denatures its proteins, causing them to the firm. This dish is typically served chilled, often with chopped onion, cilantro, and avocado.
In this section of the article, we’re going to use shrimp ceviche as one of our side dishes for quesadillas. In order to prepare this dish, we first need to marinate our shrimp in lime juice for about 30 minutes. We’ll then add some chopped red onion and cilantro for flavor. This will be served over corn tortillas along with guacamole and sour cream.
I hope this article has been helpful to you in choosing the best side dishes for quesadillas! You may want to serve salsa or guacamole with your quesadillas, or you may want to try something different. Whatever your choice, I know you will enjoy these delicious dishes.
Do you have any favorite recipes that go well with quesadillas? Let me know in the comments!