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What To Serve With Carne Asada (15 Ideas!)

What To Serve With Carne Asada (15 Ideas!)

Wondering What To Serve With Carne Asada? We gotcha covered with this extensive Carne Asada side dish list! It will come in handy come Cinco de Mayo time!

Here are 15 delectable side dishes that will perfectly complement all carne asada recipes and make your fiesta unforgettable.

Carne Asada Recipes

All our 5-star rated San Diego-Style carne asada recipes, utilizing our popular Carne Asada Seasoning, will pair well with any of the below carne asada side dish ideas.

Carne Asada Marinade (Read The Reviews From SD Locals!)
Carne Asada Tacos
Street Tacos
Carne Asada Platter
Carne Asada Fries
Carne Asada Nachos
Carne Asada Quesadilla

Close up of french fries with steak, guacamole and sour cream on them in a black skillet.

Carne Asada Sides

Rice Recipes

Rice makes a classic side dish for any Mexican plate. These rice recipes are flavorful and are easy to make while grilling the carne asada meat.

Mexican Rice
A staple in Mexican cuisine Arroz Rojo is flavorful, easy to make and is loaded with classic Mexican ingredients: tomato, onion and garlic.
Mexican rice in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.
Cilantro Lime Rice
This cilantro lime recipe can be made on the stove top or in a rice cooker in just 35 minutes. Minimal ingredients are required to make.
Cilantro lime rice in a white bowl.
Arroz Verde - Mexican Green Rice - Spinach Rice Pilaf
This fluffy rice pilaf is perfect with carne asada. Packed with fresh spinach, it makes a healthy side dish that’s vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.
Arroz Verde Mexican Green Rice What To Serve With Carne Asada (15 Ideas!)

Bean Recipes

Along with rice, bean recipes tend to be the go-to when making Mexican grub.

Refried Bean Dip
Creamy refried bean dips makes an excellent side kick to any Carne Asada dish!  This recipe is loaded with creamy beans, flavorful toppings and tons of taco flavor
Refried Bean dip in a white bowl surrounded by chips, a napkin and cilantro.
Instant Pot Refried Beans
Cut down on making creamy refried beans by using the Instant Pot. This is a no-soak refried beans recipe!
Instant Pot Refried Beans in a white bowl topped with cheese, jalapenos and cilanto.
Frijoles Charra
Whip up a batch of Frijoles Charra, a.k.a. Charro Beans, a flavorful broth-based Mexican bean recipe loaded with creamy pinto beans, bacon, tomatoes, peppers and spice.
Frijoles Charra in a small bowl.

Chips and Dip

Everyone has room for a little chips and dip in their life. Here are our favorite homemade chips and dip options!

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
Once you make homemade tortilla chips in the air fryer you won’t want to make them any other way. The air fryer leaves you with extra crispy chips made with only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes!
Air Fryer Tortilla Chips on a wooden plate next to a small white bowl of salsa.
4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe
4-ingredient Guacamole. Once you make guacamole with these 4 ingredients, you’ll never make it any other way.
Clean bowl full of 4 ingredient guacamole. 3 empty small clear bowls and lime slices are next to the guacamole.
Smoked Salsa
Take your salsa game to the next level by smoking the vegetables before blending. The infusion of smoke flavor will impress your guests.
White bowl of Smoked Salsa with Tortilla Chips.

Soup Recipes

Soups always make a great side dish! They’re light enough to not fill you up but loaded enough to help fill ya up!

Caldo de Queso
Soup always makes a great side dish! This soup is loaded with potatoes, salty queso fresco, and healthy vegetables. 
Overhead shot of Caldo de Queso in a white bowl with a slice of lime next to it.
Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)
Sopa De Fideo is a light and flavorful Mexican chicken noodle soup. It’s perfect for lunch or as a light dinner paired with a fresh garden salad and crusty bread.
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Salad Recipes

Looking for a light option as a side dish for carne asada? Here are a few of our favorite salad recipes.

Elote Corn Salad (Mexican Roasted Corn)
Inspired by Mexican roasted corn, this elote corn salad has a bright and creamy flavor that is always a crowd pleaser. Can be served chilled or at room temperature.
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Mango Avocado Chili Lime Salad
This Mango Avocado Chili Lime Salad is sweet with a little heat! Freshly squeezed lime juice, chili powder and sea salt season juicy mango and creamy avocado in a healthy salad.
Mango Avocado Chili Lime Salad sq 2 What To Serve With Carne Asada (15 Ideas!)
Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing
This fresh and flavorful Mexican chopped salad is paired with a chipotle dressing for a super delicious and satisfying dish
Mexican Chopped Salad 12 What To Serve With Carne Asada (15 Ideas!)


A few of our favorites we can’t stop making and eating!

Easy Mexican Deviled Eggs
These Mexican Deviled Eggs are quick and easy to make with just a few common ingredients. Everyone will love these spicy deviled eggs!
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With these delicious side dishes for carne asada you no longer have to ask “what to serve with carne asada?”. You’ll have the perfect accompaniments to create a mouthwatering feast.

Whether you’re hosting a cookout, a family gathering, or just enjoying a meal at home, these tasty sides are sure to impress

For even more inspiration, check out all our Mexican recipes.

Additional Resources

What To Serve With Tacos
Cinco de Mayo Menu Ideas