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Old 06-25-2019, 10:00 AM
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Recommend a side dish for taco night


What do you folks recommend as a side dish to serve with my tacos this evening. Tacos, in this case, will be ground beef and envelope-bound taco seasoning served with crunchy and soft shells, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, cheese, and the like.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:02 AM
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Frijoles con queso.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:03 AM
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We do a side of refried beans with chopped green onions.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:10 AM
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:13 AM
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When we do taco night we have refried beans and Spanish rice* as sides, and sometimes steam a bag of Mexican-style mixed vegetables.


* I prefer the Mahatma brand Spanish rice, but my wife likes the Zatarain's, so we usually alternate.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:17 AM
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Rice and beans

Tostones

"Street corn"

Though if it were me, that would probably all end up in the tacos.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:18 AM
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Brazilian Baked Black Beans
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:36 AM
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Cowboy Caviar in any one of its many manifestations.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:40 AM
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Look up "elote salad" for a delicious option. Also, this sounds great:
https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/...aw-recipe.html
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:43 AM
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More tacos!
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:10 AM
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Cowboy Caviar in any one of its many manifestations.
Oh my gosh, that looks amazing! Definitely going to make that.


On the other hand, I do think silenus is on to something...
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:21 PM
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Sides?

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More tacos!
That's more like it. Just have enough different toppings, so that everyone can make what they like.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:32 PM
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Another vote for more tacos.

But when eating out and another taco would just create killer gas, I go with rice and refries. I mix them up and ... yum.

(Of course I have to first peel off the glue on top of the beans. That's not cheese!)
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Chili rellenos. Guacamole is a must, also.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:07 PM
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Nachos?

Can you get good fresh Mexican chorizo?
If it's not being used for taco filling itself, I like to mix that into canned refried beans, then serve with lime and sour cream or cotija cheese.
Seek beans made with lard.
Don't forget cilantro for my tacos!
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:14 PM
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Cilantro rice:

Cook white or brown rice, as you would. Don't forget the salt. Add finely chopped jalapeno and generous amount of finely chopped cilantro while rice still hot. Sometimes I add a bit of fresh chopped mint as well. If you hate cilantro, you can substitute parsley and/or some fresh dill. Just don't be shy with the greens. It has to be herb forward. Serve with lime wedges.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:22 PM
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Wow... some great ideas in here; thank you! There's so much goodness in here that I'm not sure what to go with, but the elote salad is intriguing. I was planning to have lots of pico prepared (the family loves it), but I may try that Cowboy Caviar to change things up a bit.

And certainly more tacos I usually have fresh, homemade creme fraiche to accompany our Mexican dishes, but weíll just sour-cream it this evening.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:23 PM
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We do a side of refried beans with chopped green onions.
Yup, with a bit of crumbled Oaxaca cheese.
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You can make the Cowboy Caviar with either bean. Personally I prefer one can of black beans, but the black-eyed peas are more traditional. Backing off on the beans by 50% lightens the dish considerably.
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Yup, with a bit of crumbled Oaxaca cheese.
Oaxaca cheese doesn't really crumble well, though, does it? It's like a mozarella: stretched curd cheese.
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More tacos!
This was going to be my answer.
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:31 PM
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Beans sound a little heavy. How about a fruit salad - pineapple, guava, things like that? No dressing, though, just some sweetness to offset the spices in the tacos.

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More tacos!
I'd like to change my answer.
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:18 PM
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I'm with ftg and silenus
If you need a side with tacos you're doing it wrong not correctly to my way of thinking.
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Spanish rice, made from scratch with fresh peppers and smoked paprika.
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This slaw variation was a hit with my wife. The kids are still a bit resistant to things like actual vegetables, and they donít like sour things much, but they still tried it and didnít hate it, which is like a singing-and-dancing enthusiastic endorsement from normal humans.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:23 PM
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More of the same-- quesadillas!
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:33 PM
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:40 PM
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:20 AM
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These suggestions are great, and our household will refer back to this thread frequently. Elote was new to me, and I used the recipe from this website to make an elote salad. I didn't follow it exactly, but pretty close. We loved it! In fact, the Mrs went back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

Having never grilled my corn, I stood right by the heat for the first 10 minutes or so. I was surprised how long it took the corn to char, and that put me a little behind schedule. But after that first, exploratory ~10 minutes, I left the corn alone, and started working on the other culinary tasks.

But all evening I kept hearing a chorus of you guys in my head saying, "More tacos!"
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Subscribing to this thread because yum.
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:55 AM
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More tacos!
Indeed.

Tacos are their own complete meal. Provide an overabundance of fillings and toppings choices.
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Avocado slices, not guac, just plain avocado.
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Indeed.

Tacos are their own complete meal. Provide an overabundance of fillings and toppings choices.
Yeah, tacos don't really need a side dish. I mean, I suppose if you want to go with the Mexican street food theme, you can put some esquites (which I see has already been alluded to in the thread, but no direct link given. Oh, wait, no I do see a link a few posts before this, calling it "elote salad." Anyhow, there's another recipe for you, but it's all pretty similar.)

Around here, if you get a taco plate, it will often come with some red/orange rice and refried beans. At Mexican cookouts, I often will find grilled vegetables (like cebollita/knob onions, maybe some Mexican squash, and the such) served alongside as well.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:31 AM
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Just wanted to say I made this* for dinner last night and it was a big hit!


* - Well, pretty much. I served it over shredded lettuce with a scoop of taco meat, cheese, and sour cream on top. Even the picky kid liked it.
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Just wanted to say I made this* for dinner last night and it was a big hit!


* - Well, pretty much. I served it over shredded lettuce with a scoop of taco meat, cheese, and sour cream on top. Even the picky kid liked it.
Cool! The great thing about it is that you can add/subtract as you please.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:43 AM
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1. Sides - Spanish rice, refried beans. BONUS: They can be used on the tacos!
2. Appetizers - Nachos. salsa, queso. Bonus points for white cheese. BONUS: Salsa and queso can be used on the tacos!
3. Desserts - Churros or Sopaipillas. Maybe a tres leches cake if you're feelin' all fancy.

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Definitely refried beans.
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:56 AM
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Just a suggestion but try swapping the lettuce in the tacos for shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix. You still get the same cool crunch but it doesn't get soggy. Also, more tacos!
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Just a suggestion but try swapping the lettuce in the tacos for shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix. You still get the same cool crunch but it doesn't get soggy. Also, more tacos!
Or make them Asian Tacos using seared ahi tuna and shredded cabbage in a soy/ginger sauce!
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Black bean and mango salad: beans, mangos, a bit of chopped red onion, cilantro, and a dollop of vegetable oil.
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