5 Sides that Pair Well with Tamales!

The summer is filled with reasons to celebrate – Father’s Day, graduations, birthdays, and end-of-school parties – and making food is not an option. Get creative and try these five fun sides that pair well with tamales from Delia’s, and get your summer vibes on.

Spice it Up with Salsa

Salsa is a popular and delicious side dish that pairs well with many Mexican dishes, including the best tamales in Texas. It’s usually made with fresh ingredients:

  • Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Tomatoes
  • chili peppers

Salsa can add a bright, spicy, and tangy flavor to tamales and can be customized to your preferred level of heat and flavor. Whether it’s a traditional tomato-based salsa or a fruity and spicy mango salsa, it’s an excellent side dish for tamales. Don’t have the time to make salsa? Not to worry, we offer salsa verde and salsa rojo in-store only.

Remember the Guac!

Guacamole can add a creamy and tangy flavor to tamales and is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins. It’s also versatile and can be customized with additional ingredients such as:

  • Bacon
  • Crema
  • Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Tex-Mex or Mexican or Spanish seasonings

Whether making homemade guacamole or buying it pre-made from the store, it’s an excellent option.

Say Yes to Rice and Beans

When served with tamales, rice, and beans can make for a filling and satisfying meal, especially if you are cooking for forty or more people. Rice provides a neutral base, while beans add protein, fiber, and flavor. They can also be spiced with chorizo, cheese, or cilantro.


Salad can be a refreshing and healthy side dish that compliments our tamales well. A simple salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and avocado can provide a fresh and light contrast to the richness of tamales. Try one of the following popular salads:

  • Southwest with Pork Tamales – grilled corn, black beans, queso fresco, and lime vinaigrette.
  • Cobb Salad with Chicken or Chicken and Cheese Tamales – tomatoes, egg, cheddar, and cilantro dressing.
  • Greek Salad with Spicy Chicken or Veracruzano Tamales – pepperoncini, bacon, cucumbers, red onion, and feta cheese.

Mexican Style Corn

Mexican-style corn is usually made by grilling or roasting corn on the cob and then topping it with a mixture of mayo, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime juice. This side dish provides a sweet, savory, and spicy flavor that can complement the flavors of the tamales well. Depending on your preference, Mexican-style corn can also be customized with additional ingredients such as cilantro, green onions, or hot sauce.

Did You Know We Offer Nationwide Shipping?

Now everyone can celebrate cost-friendly with the best tamales in Texas! We offer nationwide shipping so that you can enjoy tamales all summer long. We can ship our tamales to your door whether you live in New York City or the Texas Panhandle. We have a built-in calculator to help you know how much shipping will cost before you pay. Click here to place an order.

Try these sides that pair well with tamales!

Skip cooking tonight and order some tamales for the dinner table and don’t forget to try some delicious sides that pair well with tamales from Delia’s. We will have something for the entire family to enjoy. Call Delia’s Tamales today to make an order at one of our locations.

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