Tamales are a classic Mexican dish that can be enjoyed on their own or with a variety of delicious side dishes. If you’re looking to take your tamales game up a notch, consider pairing them with some classic Mexican favorites, such as refried beans, rice, and a lot more!

Arroz Verde

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Mexican green rice is one of our favorites because it is delicious, fragrant, and also budget-friendly and very easy to prepare. It is made with poblano peppers and cilantro. Get the recipe: Arroz Verde.

Sopa de Fideo

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Mexican fideo soup is a staple in Mexican households. A delicious and comforting soup made with thin spaghetti and tomato broth. Get the recipe: Sopa de Fideo.

Sopa de Frijoles

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This flavorful Mexican bean soup, featuring pinto beans, tomatoes, spices, and chipotle peppers, will surely complete your meal. Get the recipe: Sopa de Frijoles.

Mexican Cabbage Salad

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This super fresh Mexican Cabbage Salad is perfect for topping tacos, tamales, and quesadillas. It stays crispy even after hours of making it plus it’s healthy. Get the recipe: Mexican Cabbage Salad.

Mexican Pickled Onions

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Mexican Pickled Onions have a tangy and zesty flavor that adds a vibrant and refreshing taste to many dishes. Get the recipe: Mexican Pickled Onions.

Guajillo Sauce

Guajillo sauce and dried guajillo peppers on the side.
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Guajillo sauce is not just for flavoring your tamales dough, it can also be served along with tamales. It is easy to make and the mild spicy flavor will surely add that delicious touch to your tamales. Get the recipe: Guajillo Sauce.

Creamy Poblano Sauce

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This Poblano sauce is creamy, herbaceous, and with a hint of smoky taste thanks to the roasted poblanos. Get the recipe: Creamy Poblano Sauce.

Champurrado

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Champurrado and tamales are one of the best combos to start your day, they are usually sold in the same street stalls. Get the recipe: Champurrado.

Atole de Fresas

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Atole de Fresas is made with fresh strawberries, milk, and cornstarch. Its sweet and fruity flavor provides a refreshing contrast to many Mexican dishes. Get the recipe: Atole de Fresas.

Refried Beans

Authentic refried beans on a plate with garnish on top and salsas on the side.
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Refried beans is a traditional Mexican dish usually prepared to accompany many of the most popular dishes, including tamales. Get the recipe: Refried Beans.

Mexican Hot Drinks

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Looking for Mexican hot drinks? Enjoy the warmth of rich flavors like chocolate, cinnamon, and spices, perfectly paired with Mexican classics. Go to Mexican Hot Drinks.

Maricruz Avalos Flores is a Mexican cook and photographer living in Italy where she shares authentic Mexican & Italian recipes that can be easily made at home using easy-to-find ingredients.

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