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10 Best Side Dishes for Enchiladas

Enchilada enthusiasts, we see you.

From hearty fillings to hot chile sauces, enchiladas have a lot going for them. But enchiladas aren't complete without a side or two. The following 10 sides turn this main into a full meal.

Related: Get top-rated recipes for enchiladas.

1. Grilled Corn Salad

.The light char on the corn makes this summery salad a perfect complement for enchiladas. You could follow the lead of several reviewers and add avocado, cojeta cheese, and fresh lime juice to further enhance the flavor.

Grilled Corn Salad
Photo by Molly

2. Green Rice with Green Chiles

Romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro, green chiles, tomatillos, and green onions give this rice a fresh flavor and color.  Ms. Chef Esh says, "I absolutely loved this green chile rice, I did not change a thing!"

Green Rice with Green Chiles
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

3. Jicama Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime

The contrast between meaty enchiladas and this crunchy, tangy-sweet salad would be perfect. "Made this delicious salad for a party and it was a hit!" says Andrea J. "Everyone wanted the recipe."

Jicama Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime
Photo by Kim's Cooking Now

4. Lemony Cabbage-Avocado Slaw

Mashed avocado and lemon juice coat this crisp no-mayo slaw with a flavor that will totally remind you of guacamole.

Lemony Cabbage-Avocado Slaw
Photo by bd.weld

5. Chef John's Gazpacho

Sweet, acidic tomatoes would cut through your cheesiest enchiladas (in a good way). 

Chef John's Gazpacho
Photo by Jennifer Baker

6. Mexican Style Cornbread

Dip our spicy Mexican Style Cornbread into thick enchilada sauce for an ultra-comforting meal.

Mexican Style Cornbread
Photo by mommyluvs2cook

7. Simply Guacamole

Yes, you can serve chips and guac as an appetizer, but we recommend scooping some of this green, creamy goodness on top of enchiladas.

Simply Guacamole
Photo by Dianne

8. Garlic Vegetable Saute

Think veggies would be too bland next to enchiladas? This Garlic Vegetable Saute, seasoned with minced jalapeno and paprika, will make you think again.

Garlic Vegetable Saute
Photo by naples34102

9. Best Spanish Rice

"Delicious results for minimal effort. I prepared this as written except for using butter rather than vegetable oil. This worked perfectly with our chicken enchiladas." -- naples34102

10. Chef John's Refried Beans

"I don't think I would ever sit down to eat just a bowl of refried beans, but they make everything they're served on, with, or in, infinitely better. Just as long as you use lard to make them," Chef John says.

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