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The 12 best taco bar side dishes for kids

Trying to serve your kids an at least semi-well rounded meal? Here are the best side dishes to serve with tacos for kids!

If your kids are much like mine, when I ask them what they want to eat, they will yell back either CHICKEN NUGGETS or MAC N CHEESE.

The basics are king around here.

However, a taco is not a whole meal (usually).

I serve my 1 and 3 year old in these divided silicone plates so they get 1 “main dish” and 2 sides.

One of our sides is always cut up fruit: berries, sliced apples, sauteed apples, sliced banana, mandarin oranges, something like that.

The second side is what is up in the air. For breakfast, it’s a yogurt pouch. For lunch, it’s either goldfish or chex mix. For dinner, I try for more of a side dish.

But, if you are like me, when it’s time to make food your brain goes completely blank as to what to cook.

If you are wondering what to eat with tacos, there are loads of possibilities!

Also: If you have kids that aren’t old enough to eat tacos, you have 2 options:

  1. Deconstructed tacos – just serve the meat, toppings on their plate cut up into little pieces
  2. Microwave a quesadilla – tortilla + cheese microwaved 30 seconds – and serve cut up with toppings

Below I am rounding up my best ideas of what to serve with tacos. I will round up a general list of ideas and then keep scrolling to links to actual recipes for some great ones!

Check out my favorite taco topping ideas here!

The 13 best side dishes to serve with tacos for kids

The best side dishes to serve with tacos for kids

Here are my general favorite sides with tacos.

  • Cut fruit
  • Chips and salsa
  • Fries – my kids actually prefer sweet potato fries
  • Tots
  • Chex mix, pretzels, chips
  • Veggie sticks
  • Cheese stick or babybel cheese
  • Baked carrots
  • Green peas (I make frozen ones in the microwave, and add butter)
  • Potatoes any way – mashed potato, smashed, baked
  • Mac n cheese
  • Corn
  • Applesauce

If you are wondering what goes with tacos for adults, consider:

  • Black beans
  • Rice
  • Green salad
  • Guacamole
  • Avocado salad or salsa
  • Taco soup or black bean soup
  • Grain salad like cous cous, quinoa, etc
  • Margaritas of course!

(And if your kids will eat those things, more power to you! Mine will not.)

Here are some mouth watering recipes for taco sides!

Best side dishes to serve with tacos for kids

Looking for the perfect sides to serve with tacos for your kids? Here are some great ideas!

What’s your favorite taco side dish?

Thanks for reading!

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