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Jan 11, 2008 07:12 AM

What sides to make with tacos?

We have beef tacos once or twice a month and my wife makes homemade mexican rice as a side but we're getting a little bored with it. We both work and come home hungry so we'll need something that can be made from start to finish is about 30 minutes or so. Any ideas?

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  1. How about a chopped salad with romaine, red onion, garbanzo beans or red beans and crumbled feta?

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    1. re: southernitalian

      Expanding upon the chopped salad idea, while keeping it within the genre, I would recommend a romaine salad with sliced avocados, onion slices, and diced green peppers (or jalapeƱos if you're feeling brave), with a sour cream and avocado lime dressing.

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    2. not terribly inventive, but i like refried beans mixed w/ some minced onion, tomato and cilantro. top off with a little cotija cheese and bake for a few minutes in the oven until warmed through and cheese is melted.

      1. refried black beans
        mashed potatoes with jalepeno gravy
        potatoes roasted with onions and cumin
        salad with pinto beans, tomato, jack cheese, catalina dressing, and crushed Doritos or Fritos
        ranch style beans
        chiptole mashed potatoes

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        1. re: drgnflychic

          In season I use corn as a side, either brushed with butter, cumin and lime juice with some cojita cheese or cut off the cob with cilantro, black beans, jalapenos, etc. I also frequently make an avocado salad. Out of season I use some of the others already listed here.

          1. re: jules127

            I do a similar thing when corn is in season. I take a stick of butter, some lime juice, chili powder, and cilanto, put it in the food processor until mixed and then spread it over fresh corn...delicious.

        2. I usually make a green salad with lots of different veggies in it, some cotija, avocado, etc. Sometimes I just make guacamole, and people are very happy.
          Another thing that goes really well, esp. if you're eating spicy, is a simple fruit salad. Citrus is in season, and it goes very well with Mexican flavors. Another favorite in my house is mango, pineapple, and avocado.

          1. I'm with the majority that would suggest refried beans (black is my fave). Some FRESH gaucamole, or pico de gallo always goes well with tacos AND chips. Try kickin' up your rice with some carnitas shredded in (Kalu'a pork also works GREAT, as it's packed in some lard). Mini tostadas, using Tostito's SCOOPS, are good (but more of an appetizer). And, reading the advice above.. .those salad ideas sound DAMN good.