When you visit a restaurant and order a plate of fajitas, you can be sure the waiter will be delivering a delicious and sizzling hot meal to you.
Fajitas typically include some sort of protein like steak, chicken, or pork, sweet bell peppers, and sauteed onions. Usually served with a pile of warm tortillas for scooping up the delicious morsels.
This is a great Tex-Mex meal for any occasion and a healthy one at that (especially with chicken).
Although Fajitas are usually a stand-alone dish, many side dishes can be included for an extra tasty meal. So what to eat with fajitas?
Below are 11 scrumptious side dishes to add to your next fajita meal.
Fajitas are usually served with flour tortillas in restaurants; however, corn tortillas are just as delicious as healthy alternatives. Store-bought corn tortillas may be the first thing that pops into most people’s minds and while they are tasty and get the job done, nothing compares to homemade tortillas freshly cooked in a pan.
Homemade corn tortillas are great fajita accompaniments and create a more authentic experience.
This recipe is great if you’re in a time pinch – the tortillas only take 10 minutes to cook once the dough is prepared. Plus only three ingredients are needed besides hot water – masa harina, salt, and olive oil. Try these corn tortillas out yourself next time you are eating fajitas!
2. Mexican Rice
You can’t have fajitas without some sort of rice dish. Well, you can, but where’s the fun in that?
Mexican Rice is a great option and adds pizzazz to the meal as a dinner side – not only with flavor but also its bright red-orange color. It pairs well with tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. So why not pair it with fajitas?
Mexican Rice has a delicious light tomato flavor that is perfectly balanced so as not to steal the spotlight from the main star – the fajitas. This rice dish can be prepared and cooked while the fajitas are being prepped and cooked as it will need to simmer for about 30-40 minutes once all of the ingredients have been added into the pot.
Instead of corn salsa as a pairing with fajitas, try Crock Pot Corn on the cob. This unexpected side dish option provides a yummy, sweet corn dish that plays off of the saltiness of the fajitas.
This easy, yet filling dish only requires corn, milk, water, butter, salt, and sugar.
All of the ingredients are to be placed in a crockpot, instant pot, or pressure cooker and cooked until the corn kernels are soft. About six minutes for an instant pot/pressure cooker. Your guests will love this side dish and will be fighting over the corn cobs!
Craving Mexican Rice or a rice side dish to go with your fajitas, but want a healthier alternative?
Then this Cauliflower Rice dish is the side for you! Cauliflower Fried Rice might seem like a strange option, but it changes the flavor profile from Tex-Mex to Asian.
This yummy low-carb option provides a great base to layer the fajita meat and veggies on top of. Plus Cauliflower Fried Rice offers the option of additional protein in the form of scrambled eggs. And, it’s a great way to get extra vegetables in without feeling like you’re eating vegetables. Sounds like a win to me!
A favorite snack or side dish in Mexico is esquites. Which typically involves corn, crema (Mexican sour cream), mayonnaise, butter, cayenne, and chili powders, with crumbled cheese on top served in a cup with a spoon.
This Mexican Street Corn Salad recipe is a take on esquites with the previously mentioned ingredients and then turned up a notch! This recipe adds green onion, cilantro, red onion, garlic, jalapeño, and lime juice.
Mexican Street Corn Salad will add a rich, tangy, creamy, herby flavor creating a more decadent fajita meal. Guarantee there will be no leftovers for this side dish!
Looking to add more creaminess to the fajitas?
Guacamole will cover that – literally. It’s a great side dish which involves no cooking – just chopping, mashing, and mixing. Guacamole fans know good guacamole can be hard to find. This recipe stays with authentic, fresh ingredients that will boost any fajita dish to the next level.
You will need avocados, tomato, white onion, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, and black pepper. The avocados will need to be pitted, peeled, and mashed in a separate bowl first.
Then the lime juice can be added. The acidity will help keep the avocados from browning. The rest of the fresh ingredients can be chopped and then slowly added in. Adding salt and pepper last to taste and ensuring to mix well till it is combined. That’s it! Now you have delicious guacamole to top your fajitas with.
Craving some added spice with your fajita dinner? Then look no further! Just like guacamole, salsa is a great choice to add as a side for fajitas and one that just makes sense. This salsa only takes 10 minutes to whip up and the spice level is customizable so if you or your family like a mild salsa or a fiery one, you can adjust.
The ingredients needed will be onion, garlic, jalapeño, tomatoes, sugar, salt, cumin, cilantro, and lime juice. The onion, garlic, and jalapeño will need to be pulsed in the food processor first.
The remaining ingredients to be added after. For a milder salsa, remove the jalapeño seeds, use a smaller amount of jalapeño, or keep it out of the recipe. Don’t be afraid to drizzle some directly on top of your fajitas!
If you’re looking for something slightly different than a regular salsa, Roasted Salsa Verde is for you. The tomatillos in this recipe create a sweeter taste than standard red tomatoes and roasting the tomatillos adds a nice smoky flavor.
The ingredients are similar to a standard salsa, but with a few differences. Tomatillos replace tomatoes. In addition to jalapeño, there are also poblano peppers which increase the spice level slightly. A few tablespoons of water are also included to alter the recipe to the desired consistency.
The tomatillos, poblano and jalapeño peppers, onion, and garlic will be broiled in the oven for 10 minutes before being peeled and added to a food processor with the remaining ingredients. Give this a try with your fajita dinner and see what you think!
9. Black Beans
Black Beans – they’re tasty and they’re simple yet flavorful. It’s no wonder they’re included on the side with most meals in Tex-Mex or Mexican restaurants!
If you’re asking yourself what else to eat with fajitas, this is a great option. Including black beans to the side also helps add protein and fiber to the meal. This simple recipe only requires cooked black beans, taco seasoning mix, cumin, oregano, onion powder, a bay leaf, lime juice, cilantro, and salt.
All ingredients (except for the lime juice, cilantro, and salt) should be added to a pot and brought to boil, and then simmered for 15-25 minutes. After that, lime juice, cilantro, and salt can be added to taste.
Then, you’re ready to add a spoonful to a tortilla with fajitas.
10. Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo is a great way to add freshness and texture to meals. Plus, it’s easy to whip up. You don’t have to roast, cook, or even blend anything!
All you need to do is chop up a few fresh ingredients and mix them. You will need tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Chop the tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro and combine in a bowl. Add the lime juice, salt, and black pepper then mix to combine.
You now have a tasty Pico de Gallo ready to eat as an appetizer with chips before your main course of fajitas.
Potatoes go with any dish. No question about it. These delicious, crispy, herby potatoes will give you the taste and texture you didn’t realize you wanted with fajitas.
Another side dish that can be prepped, put into the oven, and cooking while you are preparing the fajitas – my favorite kind of recipe. The ingredients include potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, fresh herbs, paprika, salt, and pepper.
The potatoes will need to be scrubbed as the skin is kept on for this recipe.
Then, diced into 1” cubes. The potatoes will be tossed in the remaining spices, fresh herbs, and olive oil then baked in the oven for about 35 minutes. Try adding some potatoes to a fajita taco for extra crunch!
- Choose your favorite dish!
- Prepare ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready in 30 minutes or less!