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What to Serve with Taco Soup (22 Delicious Side Dishes)

Take your taco soup to the next level with these tasty side dishes

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated September 29, 2022

Don’t worry any longer about what to serve with taco soup! Next time you’re making your favorite Mexican dish, you can follow one or more of these fab recipes and create a delicious meal.

what to serve with taco soup

Taco soups are popular due to them replicating the yummy ingredients found in a taco – tomatoes, ground beef, green chilis, onions, beans, corn, and taco seasoning. Or veggie options are also available where the ground beef is omitted.

This well-loved dish is thought to have originated in Southwestern parts of the US in the 1950s. You’ll often see taco soup served with suitable toppings such as sour cream, cheese, avocado, and tortilla chips.

The soup gets its rich, savory flavors from the tacos. This is combined with all of the delicious ingredients that make up the liquid base of the soup, creating a unique tasting recipe that pairs well with lots of different foods.

So next time you’re making this yummy meal, check out our range of side dishes. They’re all designed to complement the tacos and/or soup element of this dish, giving you a tasty dinner that everyone will enjoy.

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01. Nacho Cheese Sauce

Complement your taco soup recipe with this creamy, decadent cheesy sauce. You only need 4 ingredients and 15 minutes or so to make this yummy side dish.

For the best results, grate your cheddar cheese yourself rather than buying prepared shredded cheese. And if stored correctly, you can keep leftovers in your refrigerator for up to 3 days – so enjoy this sauce at multiple meals!

02. Refried Beans

These tasty beans are a must-have dish to serve alongside your taco soup as part of a Mexican dinner or celebration. And you only need some canned pinto beans and some spices for this recipe.

You can also substitute the pinto for black beans if you prefer the flavor. Plus, these refried beans will keep in the freezer in an airtight container for around 3 months, so make them in batches to eat whenever you feel like a little Mexican food.

03. Tortilla Chips

Keep things simple and classic by baking some tortilla chips to serve with taco soup. Brush a mixture of a little olive oil or veg oil, lime juice, and salt, over your chips before baking for around 10 minutes or so.

The chips are easy to make by cutting corn tortillas into triangles – go big or small! And if they go soft and need re-crisping, simply pop them back into your oven for a few minutes.

04. Mexican Rice

Soak up all the lovely flavors of your taco soup with a homemade Mexican rice side dish. With a little oil, tomato sauce, chili powder, and garlic, this pairing makes for a really enjoyable meal.

If you prefer your Mexican rice to be a little less saucy, you can halve the amount of canned tomatoes used in this simple recipe. And feel free to add some fresh diced tomatoes for a little more color and taste.

05. Chili Cheese Fries

The whole family will love the combination of your taco soup and these yummy loaded fries. They’re the perfect dish to serve at a party or on the day of a big game, as everyone can dig in and get as much as they want.

When making these chili cheese fries, allow the potatoes to soak before seasoning and roasting them so that you get fluffier wedges. And use your crock pot for the beef chili if you prefer a slower, longer cook than on the stove top.

06. Stuffed Potato Skins

Your hearty soup will really benefit from being served with these easy-to-make potato skins. Creamy and soft on the inside, but with a crispy outer layer, they’ll pair well with your soup, either eaten alongside, or why not try dipping them in?

Use either pancetta cubes or bacon lardons – both will add that extra salty taste. And serve with a little sour cream and chopped green onions on the top for extra creaminess and a touch of crunch.

07. Taco Dip

An authentic tex mex meal wouldn’t be complete without this taco dip to accompany your taco soup. It’s got 7 (yes 7!) layers of classic Mexican foods – refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, sliced olives, and green onions.

Assembly is easy, and you can make the layers from scratch or use shop-bought to save on time. Add some sliced jalapenos on top if you want some extra heat.

08. Mashed Potatoes

Pair this delicious dish with your Mexican soup and you’ll have the ultimate comfort food for a midweek dinner or weekend treat. Brown your butter for more richness and to give your potatoes a more nutty flavor.

The cream cheese adds a touch of tang, and the whole milk brings some creaminess. Just remember to warm the ingredients first, as this way they will combine together more easily.

09. Taco Salad

Packed with lots of fresh veggies, this salad dish is a great accompaniment to your soup and if you want more Mexican flavor on your table. There’s lettuce, avocado, onions, black beans, jalapenos, and much more in this dish.

The recipe tells you how to make a yummy salad dressing, which is super easy when you use a premade taco seasoning. Serve with corn tortilla chips to add some crunch to your salad and soup.

10. Southern Red Velvet Cake

Want to follow your tasty taco soup with a delicious dessert? In just one bowl and minimal prep time, you can whip up this soft, velvety cake that has a hint of chocolate with a slightly tangy flavor.

A frosting made of cream cheese makes this cake truly irresistible! And if you like, you can turn your mixture into cupcakes if you’re wanting to serve them at a party or just enjoy one as an afternoon treat.

11. Rice Pudding

For a dinner party or celebratory occasion, there’s no better way to end your meal! After your savory, spicy taco soup, the creamy flavor of this rice pudding will balance out your guests’ palates and leave them feeling full and content.

You only need a few readily available ingredients for this dessert, and the recipe serves 12 so there’s enough for everyone. And you can serve it hot or cold depending on your preferences, and with or without an extra decadent touch of some whipped cream.

12. Cornbread

In just half an hour you can prepare this sweet, buttery cornbread. It’ll work so well in soaking up the juices and flavors from your taco soup recipe – and once mastered, you can serve it with a host of different dishes.

Once the ingredients are mixed, the oven does all the work as you bake the bread for about 20 to 25 minutes. If you don’t have a skillet suitable for an oven, feel free to use a cake pan instead and it’ll work just as well.

13. Mexican Corn

The kids will love the creamy but mild flavor of this Mexican corn side dish alongside your taco soup. And you can be happy that they’re getting extra veg with their meal.

Once cooked, simply brush the corn cobs with a mixture of mayo and sour cream. Follow with some spices – go easy if you don’t like it too hot – and some fresh, salty cotija cheese, and that’s it!

14. Quinoa Salad

This salad dish is a great option to cook in big batches if you’re serving your taco soup as part of a buffet or family gathering. It’s also healthy, full of unique flavors, and can be made with the veggies of your choice.

The quinoa can be cooked a day or 2 beforehand if you like to get ahead with your cooking. And put your own twist on this quinoa salad by adding chicken or fish for some extra protein, or chopped walnuts or almonds if you like a bit of a crunch.

15. Waffle Fries

Crispy on the outside, yet soft and tasty on the inside, these sweet potato waffle fries are the perfect side dish for your taco soup. You can dip them into your Mexican soup to soak up the flavors and add some crispy textures to your meal.

These fries only take 10 minutes to cook in an air fryer, and due to the minimal amount of oil used, they won’t be too greasy. You can even use frozen, pre-seasoned waffle fries to save on time.

16. Grilled Vegetables

Easy to prepare as well as being healthy, this vegetable side dish is great if you’re wondering what to serve with taco soup. You can get creative with the variety and color of veggies used – some options are zucchini, red onion, asparagus, bell peppers, and mushrooms.

Keep your vegetables thick and big when cutting so that they’ll stay on the grill plate properly. Allow the flavors from the grill to work their magic, or make the accompanying balsamic, zesty dressing if you want to pack in some different tastes.

17. Lemon Bars

Enjoy these citrusy, fresh-tasting lemon bars as a way of cleansing your palate after your spicy, savory taco soup. They’re eye-catching with their bright yellow color and really easy to make.

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best results and a truly authentic flavor. You can also make extras and store them in your freezer – they’ll keep in there for up to about 3 months.

18. Cloud Bread

Save on the carbs without scrimping on flavor. This cloud bread is a great alternative to bread if you want something lighter to dip into your taco soup.

All you need are some eggs, cream of tartar, cream cheese, and salt. Be careful not to get any of the yolks into the mixture, as you need the egg whites only at the start to form the stiff peaks that give this spongy bread its great texture.

19. Mexican Meatballs

These hearty, tasty meatballs are the perfect side dish to serve alongside your taco soup and other favorite recipes at a party. They work on toothpicks as an appetizer, or in a large bowl served as part of a buffet.

The Fritos corn chips add a great texture and thicken the sauce. Pick your own spice level for the enchilada sauce depending on how hot you like your food to be.

20. Cucumber, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

If you prefer to keep it simple when deciding what to serve with taco soup, opt for this colorful and refreshing salad. A mixture of avocado slices, tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion will add some lighter flavors to your hearty soup.

There’s no cooking required and you can prep this great dish in just about 15 minutes. Try to use a lidded jar to make the dressing in – this way you can give it a really good shake to make sure that all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

21. Homemade Salsa

Master this restaurant-style salsa recipe and you’ll have a yummy accompaniment not only for your taco soup, but for any of your favorite Mexican foods. It’s fresh, tasty, and ready in just a few minutes.

It’s best to use a food processor or blender to make your salsa, and this way you can control how chunky or thin the sauce is. You can also add extra spice by adding a full jalapeno pepper – or make it milder by omitting the chilis.

22. Coleslaw

Add some more texture and color to your taco soup dish by serving it with this bright, crunchy coleslaw. You can use pre-shredded vegetable mixes which will save you a lot of chopping time.

Make sure that you leave enough time before serving to chill your coleslaw – no one likes this salad warm! And you can enjoy it for a week or more, as any leftovers will keep in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

What to Serve with Taco Soup (22 Delicious Side Dishes)


  1. Select your favorite dishes from our list of easy recipes to serve with your taco soup.

  2. Make sure you have all of the required ingredients in.

  3. Prep your taco soup and side dishes.

  4. Serve for an enjoyable midweek meal, or as part of a big family party.

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