Fajitas are not only easy to prepare, they have a sophisticated flavor that pairs well with a variety of side dishes. Serving sides with fajitas turns the quick dish into a full and flavorful meal. Fajitas consist of sliced and sauteed ingredients wrapped in a flour tortilla. The most common ingredients for fajitas are spicy-marinated meat and vegetables. This means sides served with fajitas tend to contain ingredients that go well with spicy dishes.
Rice's flavor and texture is versatile enough that you can serve it beside or inside fajitas. Plain white or brown rice helps mellow the flavor of extra spicy fajitas. Spanish rice, which is basically white rice sauteed in tomato sauce, is a sweet way to round off a plain or spiced fajita recipe. Stir salsa into white rice for a quick and slightly spicier version of Spanish rice. Saute wild rice, brown rice, onions and tomatoes together for a healthy side dish with a slightly nutty flavor. Mix any kind of cooked rice with sour cream and chives for a creamy side dish with a light, tangy flavor.
Beans, which are often served with rice, are another common side dish for fajitas. Like rice, they can be served beside or inside your fajitas. Mashed pinto beans, with or without seasoning, have a light flavor that goes well with any type of fajita. Simmer black beans with tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and parsley for a flavorful and healthy side. Mix black beans, kidney beans, green peppers and onions with a light vinaigrette dressing to make a tangy bean salad with a southwest flavor. Mix pinto beans, black-eyed peas, celery, red peppers and ranch salad dressing for a creamy bean salad with a mellow flavor.
A light vegetable salad is a healthy side to serve with a large fajita platter. Toss shredded iceberg lettuce, carrots, celery and cabbage together for a basic garden salad that complements any kind of fajita, as well as any kind of dressing. Mix diced tomato, onion, celery and avocado to make a colorful salad that refreshes your taste buds between bites of fiery fajita. Combine yellow corn, tomatoes and pickled banana peppers for a sweet salad with some bite.
A fruit salad provides a juicy, sweet twist to any fajita meal. Mix cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon together for a light fruit salad that complements the fajita flavor instead of competing with it. Combine orange, mango and papaya for a richly flavored fruit salad that gives your meal a tropical touch. Toss pineapple and strawberries in lime juice to make a tangy fruit salad that pairs well with mild to spicy fajitas.
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