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Cinco de Mayo Side Dishes

Looking for Cinco de Mayo side dishes? Get easy to make Cinco de Mayo side dish recipes. Taste of Home has side dishes for Cinco de Mayo including Cinco de Mayo rice sides, corn side dish recipes, and more Cinco de Mayo side dishes.

Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice

Bonnie Baumgardner often serves this quick skillet side dish to delighted guests at her Sylva, North Carolina home. "It tastes so delicious it's hard to believe it's good for you," she exclaims. "And it's hearty enough to serve as a meatless main dish."

Zesty Broccoli

Zesty Broccoli

Zesty Broccoli

"This is a last-minute side dish that hardly takes any time at all," says Myra Innes of Auburn, Kansas. "The sauteed florets stay bright green and fresh-looking, and the garlic and pepper add a spark of flavor."

Peppered Corn

Peppered Corn

Peppered Corn

This peppy side dish is always the first to disappear whenever I take it to a potluck.—Kim Garner, Batesville, Arkansas
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Zucchini Corn Casserole

Zucchini Corn Casserole

Zucchini Corn Casserole

I depend on fast and healthy meals that my whole family can enjoy—this is one of their favorites!—Nanci Keatley, Salem, Oregon

Squash Stuffing Casserole

Squash Stuffing Casserole

Squash Stuffing Casserole

The recipe for this zippy side dish was given to me by my husband's grandmother. Convenient corn bread stuffing mix and a can of green chilies give fast flavor to sliced summer squash. Since I cook for just my husband and me, I often freeze the leftovers for another day. -Tara Kay Cottingham, Munday, Texas

Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage

Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage

Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage

Looking for a different treatment for cabbage? Try this spicy cheese-topped dish that I adapted from a friend's recipe. I added a little of this and that until it tasted the way I wanted. Not only do my husband and kids like it, I get rave reviews when I make it for company or church functions. -Bobbie Soileau, Opelousas, Louisiana

Chipotle Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pecans

Chipotle Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pecans

Chipotle Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pecans

Your holiday sweet potatoes won't be ho-hum when you serve them this way. The slices of sweet potatoes take on an amazing smokey flavor from the chipotle peppers and the topping of spicy pecans add even more zing.—Donna Thomas, Dallas, Texas

Hot and Zesty Quinoa

Hot and Zesty Quinoa

Hot and Zesty Quinoa

“I created this healthy whole grain side to serve my family instead of potatoes or rice. It’s so easy and has a little kick. Quinoa’s a nurturing grain and a complete protein.” —Sandra Letizia, Providence, Rhode Island

Polenta Fries with Blue Cheese Dip

Polenta Fries with Blue Cheese Dip

Polenta Fries with Blue Cheese Dip

These fries are a great alternative to traditional ones made with potatoes. They bake up crispy and golden in the oven, too.—Rebekah Beyer, Sabetha, Kansas

Chipotle Lime Corn Cobs

Chipotle Lime Corn Cobs

Chipotle Lime Corn Cobs

In Mexico, grilled corn sometimes comes slathered in mayonnaise, rolled in grated cheese and served with lime and chili powder. This is my family's take on the dish, with our own flavor enhancements. —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

Cheddar Bacon Grits

Cheddar Bacon Grits

Cheddar Bacon Grits

In the South, grits are served plain with a little butter or loaded with extras, like our recipe with bacon, cheddar and green chiles. —Amanda Reed, Nashville, Tennessee
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