40+ BEST Sides for Quesadillas: Easy + Delicious

Wondering what the best sides for quesadillas are? Look no further! Here’s 40+ great options. From healthy side dishes, to Mexican sides and appetizers, this handy guide will help you find what you want to make in a hurry!

What to Serve with Quesadillas?

When serving quesadillas for dinner, there are 3 essentials in my book:

  1. An amazing homemade dipping sauce – like chipotle crema or cilantro lime sauce. Here are even MORE tasty Mexican sauces!
  2. Margaritas. Keep reading below to find some great options!
  3. And, of course, some really delicious side dishes.

Be sure to check out these 25+ Mexican Desserts too!

When it comes to a quesadilla meal, you can never go wrong with the classics, like refried beans, tortilla chips, and salsa.

But, what else goes with quesadillas for a side?

Here are 40+ AMAZING quesadilla side dishes!

Starters + Appetizers

Bowl of Mexican Corn Soup garnished with cliantro, chile powder and lime wedges.
This Mexican Corn Soup recipe has all the flavors of Mexican street corn in soup form. This creamy corn soup is flavored with chile powder, poblano peppers and cotija cheese.
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SIDE VIEW OF ENCHILADA DIP IN LARGE SKILLET.
Take your snacking to the next level with this Cheesy Enchilada Dip. Beans are layered with ground beef and enchilada sauce, and topped with lots of melty cheese, green onions and a dollop of sour cream.
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Overhead shot of mexican meatballs in skillet topped with sour cream, limes and radishes.
Mexican Meatballs – or Albondigas – simmer in enchilada sauce and are topped with sour cream, radishes & cilantro. Serve them taco-style in tortillas or as an appetizer with toothpicks. 
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OVERHEAD CLOSE UP OF BOWL OF INSTANT POT VEGETARIAN CHILI WITH SOUR CREAM, AVOCADO, TORTILLA STRIPS.
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili is delicious & nutritious. It cooks up quickly and easily with the help of your pressure cooker and tastes like it's been simmering all day.
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Cooked shrimp skewers arranged on a grey plate with bowl of creamy green sauce.
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Green Tahini Sauce are perfect for summer barbeques and so simple to prepare. 
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Overhead close up of bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with avocado, tortilla chips and sour cream.
This is the BEST Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup! It tastes like it’s been cooking all day, but it only takes minutes in your electric pressure cooker. 
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2 bowls of white chicken chili topped with cheese, sour cream and radishes.
This Easy White Chicken Chili can be made in under 30-minutes. Spicy and smoky it’s made with chicken, white beans, jalapenos, mild green chilis and plenty of monterey jack cheese. It’s a delicious, creamy white chicken chili that perfect for cozy nights at home. 
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Vegetable Sides for Quesadillas

Blistered shishito peppers served on a black plate with lemon wedges.
These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 
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Overhead shot of Mexican street corn salad in serving bowl.
Mexican Street Corn Salad with Couscous puts a fun twist on elotes. Smoky grilled corn, a creamy cumin-lime dressing, and pearl couscous combine to create this delicious salad.
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Overhead close up of bowl of roasted carrots.
I’m serving up these Oven Roasted Carrots elote style. Similar to how you’d dress grilled street corn, these delicious tender carrots are topped with lime, crumbled cheese, jalapenos and cilantro. So crazy good! 
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Hawaiian coleslaw in white serving bowl.
Hawaiian Coleslaw with pineapple, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette brings a tropical taste to traditional slaw.
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Overhead shot of stuffed poblanos arranged in baking dish drizzled with lime crema.
Stuffed Poblano Peppers loaded with a mixture of beef & rice and topped with a zesty lime-crema. This healthy recipe will be on your table in 30 minutes.
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Easy Mexican Street Corn
Easy Mexican Street Corn- this street corn is super easy to make on the grill and is the perfect side dish that everyone will enjoy!
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Southwest Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers make a hearty, healthy, protein packed meal that's amazingly delicious and quick and easy to prepare.
These Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffed Peppers make a hearty, healthy, protein packed meal that's amazingly delicious and quick and easy to prepare.
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Healthy Sides for Quesadillas

Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Vinegar Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayonnaise. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
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Overhead shot of sw chicken salad in bowl with two forks.
This Southwest Chicken Salad is topped with a chipotle seasoned chicken breast, black beans, avocado, fresh pico de gallo & a zesty lime vinaigrette.
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Overhead shot of octopus ceviche in large grey bowl next to lime slices and tortillas.
Octopus Ceviche (aka ceviche de pulpo) combines tender octopus with tangy lime juice, red onions, cilantro and chiles for a light and refreshing appetizer. Serve it with tortillas or chips and enjoy! 
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Beans // 3 Ways!

Bowl of cooked pinto beans flecked with cilantro.
Instant Pot pinto beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls, these beans can be ready in under an hour with no soaking required.
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Overhead shot of refried beans in blue bowl topped with crumbled cotija, tomatoes and jalapenos.
Instant Pot Refried Beans require no presoaking. Plus, they're virtually fat free and can be made vegetarian or vegan with some simple swaps. 
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Top shot of black beans in large white bowl with spoon
These Instant Pot black beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls, these black beans can be ready in under an hour.
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Rice – An Essential Mexican Side Dish

Overhead shot of Mexican rice in white bowl topped with lime wedges.
Inspired by the flavors of the classic Mexican restaurant side dish, this Instant Pot Mexican Rice is perfect with enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and more. It’s a foolproof recipe made entirely in your pressure cooker!
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Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice
I am a huge fan of the rice at Chipotle’s. Here is a copycat version for their cilantro lime rice, it tastes just like the real thing!
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Bowl of cheesy lentils with spoon.
This Instant Pot recipe for Cheesy Southwestern Lentils & Brown Rice is the perfect quick vegetarian weeknight dinner recipe that’s perfect for Meatless Monday! Hearty lentils and brown rice combine with southwestern spices, tomatoes, peppers & plenty of melty cheese!
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Bowl of rice with chopsticks next to rice cooker machine.
With an electric rice cooker and this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll make tender and fluffy rice every time. This Rice Cooker Rice is as simple as measuring, pushing a button, and returning to a batch of perfectly cooked rice!
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Salsas, Sauces & Condiments

Overhead shot of quick pickled onions in mason jar.
Quick Pickled Red Onions are so easy to make at home. With just 5-minutes you can have your red onions pickling. Let them cool to room temperature before using and then you can store them in the fridge for up to two weeks! 
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Overhead shot of bottle of salsa taquera next to dried chiles and spoon with sauce.
Skip the jar of store bought salsa and make ​​Salsa Taquera instead! It’s a smoky and vibrant condiment that’s perfect for quesadillas and tacos. The ingredients are simple, but the flavor is extravagant!
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Bowl of guacamole on tray with chips.
This fresh and vibrant Guacamole recipe is so easy! Mix it up in minutes for a creamy dip, a delicious topping for nachos, or to serve on Taco Tuesday.
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Bowl of mango salsa in serving bowl next to tortilla chips.
This sweet Mango Salsa has tons of flavor and flair! The bursts of acidity and brightness from the juicy fresh mangos, jalapeno, lime juice, and red onion are delicious with tortilla chips or on fish tacos.
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Crema arranged on plate with limes and cilantro.
This quick and tangy Cilantro Lime Crema is ready in just 5 minutes. Better than sour cream, this Mexican condiment is flavored with fresh cilantro and lime juice to create a creamy and vibrant dressing, taco topping, or dipping sauce.
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Hand dipping spoon into bowl of pico de gallo.
This fresh, easy Pico de Gallo recipe is a classic Mexican salsa made from tomatoes, onions, lime, chiles, and cilantro. It’s a delicious snack to enjoy with chips or as a topping on tacos, eggs, and burrito bowls!
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Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.
This 5-Minute Chipotle Salsa comes together easily with the help of your blender.
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Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.
Add some smoke and spice to your favorite recipes with this Chipotle Crema. A Mexican-inspired sauce, this creamy mix is made with chipotles in adobo to give a boost to tacos, salads, and more!
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Chips + Tortilla Strips

Extreme close up of tortilla chips in air fryer basket.
These 3-ingredient Air Fryer Tortilla Chips are quick and easy to make, super crunchy, and light. They’re perfect for dunking in salsa, guacamole, hummus, and more!
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Baked tortilla chips on baking sheet.
These Baked Tortilla Chips are made using store-bought corn tortillas. Just cut them into wedges, season them with Mexican spices, spray with oil and bake for a perfectly crispy, dippable chip!
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Overhead shot of tortilla strips in bowl.
Learn how to make tortilla strips at home with just 3-ingredients! They’re the perfect crunchy topping for chili, soups and salads.
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What Drink Goes with Quesadillas?

Margaritas, of course! Here are some amazing ones to try!

Hibiscus margarita in salt rimmed glass garnished with grapefruit wedge on white serving tray.
This Hibiscus Margarita recipe is a fun twist on a traditional margarita. Made with an easy homemade hibiscus tea concentrate, grapefruit juice and tequila. The ingredients are simple, but the taste is amazing!
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Overhead shot of prepared margarita.
This Grapefruit Habanero Margarita is the perfect spicy cocktail for sipping on summer days!
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Side view close up of elderflower margarita.
St. Germain Margaritas can be made with just three ingredients – tequila, elderflower liqueur and lime juice. They're a delicious St. Germain cocktail that you'll love having in your arsenal.
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Three glasses of Italian Margarita rimmed with salt and garnished with orange and lime slices.
This Italian Margarita recipe is easy to make with just four ingredients! Orange juice, tequila, amaretto and lime juice combine in this delicious cocktail recipe. 
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Side view of grilled pineapple margarita garnished with grilled pineapple and jalapeno.
This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple & a splash of vanilla make it extra delicious.
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What to Serve with Quesadillas Besides Beans and Rice?

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these quesadilla side dish recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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Quesadillas arranged on plate with sour cream and pico de gallo.

40+ BEST Sides for Quesadillas

Wondering what the best sides for quesadillas are? Here's 40+ great options. From healthy side dishes, to Mexican sides, drinks and more! This quick and tangy Cilantro Lime Crema is a delicious dipping sauce for quesadillas.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sour cream (regular or fat-free)
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise (regular or fat-free)
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • ¼ cup crumbled cotija cheese or queso fresco
  • Salt (to taste)

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt, to taste.
  • Transfer to a jar or squeeze bottle and serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Pepitas and cheese are optional
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Equipment

Blender
Food processor

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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