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The mighty fish taco is one of the best foods in the universe. Whether it’s fried, grilled or baked, there’s just something about the combo of flaky fish, creamy sauce and a warm tortilla that gets us every time. But our beloved fish tacos can get easily overwhelmed by heavy flavors—not any Mexican side dish will do. Here are 20 tried-and-true side dishes you can (and should) eat with fish tacos.

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Mango Guacamole

Keep the beach vibes going with a scoop of mango guacamole alongside your fish tacos. (Added bonus: It takes only ten minutes to make.)

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Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho with Chimichurri Sauce

The sweetness of the watermelon pairs fabulously with flaky white fish. Serve it as an appetizer or alongside the tacos in a small cup.

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Smoky Barbecued Corn

This elote-inspired barbecued corn on the cob is a match made in heaven for any type of spicy fish taco.

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Coterie member Monique Volz knows how to add a kick to the table. Try her jalapeño poppers covered in a tortilla chip crust.

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Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice

Simmer basmati with onions, jalapeños and tomatoes for added flavor (and gorgeous color).

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Crock-Pot Pinto Beans

Spend your time perfecting your mahi-mahi tacos, not your beans. Throw the pintos in a Crock-Pot and ta-da, you’ve got a tasty side dish.

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Mango Salsa

The secret ingredient in Coterie member Heidi Larsen’s sweet and tangy salsa? Strawberries. We’re sold.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Guacamole

Elevate the traditional avocado mash with a sprinkle of sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil.

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Mexican Caesar Salad

The Caesar salad, believe it or not, was actually invented in Tijuana. And TJ is also famed for fish tacos, so naturally, we’re pairing the two. (And it’s delicious.)

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California Roll Nacho Recipe

Hear us out: Serve these sushi-inspired nachos with fish tacos and prepare to have your mind blown.

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Charred Corn and Zucchini Enchilada Pasta Salad

Your barbecue’s buffet table just got a spicy new addition: This enchilada-inspired charred corn pasta salad makes a hearty side for any grilled fish taco.

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Mexican Street Corn Dip

Some nights, you want to fall face-first into a giant bowl of delicious dip. This is one of those nights.

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Roasted Summer Vegetable Sopa Azteca

The new soup and sandwich? Sopa Azteca (aka Mexican tortilla soup) and a fish taco.

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Queso Fundido

Um, we’re gonna need more chips. (And did we mention this deliciousness requires only four ingredients?)

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Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa

Switch up your traditional salsa for a spicy pear-based pico, compliments of Coterie member Katie Workman.

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Refried Beans

Forget the canned stuff. You can whip up these refried beans in just 20 minutes. (And they can be made vegan or gluten-free, too.)

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Citrus Slaw

Fun fact: This side dish doubles as a condiment—add a dollop to your fish taco.

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Mexican Corn and Quinoa Salad

Make an extra batch and save the leftovers as meal prep for your busy workweek.

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Loaded Vegetable Nachos

Transform taco Tuesday into a damn fiesta with these colorful sheet-pan nachos. (Warning: They’ll disappear in about five minutes.)

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Sometimes, it’s best to stick to the basics. Keep it simple with this flavorful rice you can cook on the stovetop or in the slow cooker.

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