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What To Serve With Pollo Asado – 21 BEST Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your pollo asado, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 21 of the most popular side dishes for pollo asado.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with pollo asado are avocado cilantro lime rice, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, Mexican black beans and corn, grilled pineapple salsa, and Mexican coleslaw. For salad options, try strawberry spinach salad and Southwest ranch pasta salad.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Avocado cilantro lime rice

Skip the plain white rice and whip up this vibrantly-hued version to pair with your pollo asado.

Thanks to the mashed avocados, cilantro, and lime juice, this dish boasts a refreshing flavor with a creamy bite – an excellent contrast to your smoky, zesty pollo asado.  

Pssst… avoiding rice? This recipe works with cauliflower rice and quinoa too. 

Why we love this recipe: it adds a fresh pop of green to your spread.

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Mexican coleslaw

If you want to try a new coleslaw recipe, this Mexican coleslaw is the way to go. 

It features a dressing with classic Mexican flavors made of cilantro, lime, spices, and a dash of hot sauce.

The result? A crisp, lighter, and healthier slaw that’s brimming with zesty flavors and a hint of heat. 

Enjoy your smoky pollo asado with rice and a side of this slaw.

Why we love this recipe: a serving only has 110 calories. Winner!

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Sour cream and chives mashed potatoes 


Everyone has their own recipes for mashed potatoes, but this version has to be my ultimate favorite.

Adding sour cream makes your mash creamier and adds a slightly tangy flavor, making it the perfect side for smoky pollo asado. 

Pssst… add lashings of cheese and bacon to make this a tasty, loaded mash! 

Why we love this recipe: everyone will be clamoring for second helpings of this mash. 

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Grilled pineapple salsa

Jazz up your pollo asado with a serving of this pineapple salsa! 

Unlike your usual fruity salsas, this recipe calls for an extra step of grilling the pineapples, which caramelizes them and enhances their natural sweetness. 

This step also adds a delectable smoky flavor to match your grilled pollo asado. 

But don’t worry – your pineapple’s sweetness is tempered by the rest of the salsa’s fresh ingredients, spices, and a spritz of lime juice. 

Why we love this recipe: it’ll make any plate Insta-worthy.

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Strawberry spinach salad

If you haven’t tried strawberry spinach salad yet, you’re missing out! 

The strawberries add a delightful pop of sweetness that pairs well with your spinach leaves, onions, and feta cheese.

A drizzle of poppy seed balsamic dressing ties everything together into a tasty, nourishing dish. 

Serve this alongside your pollo asado or shred and mix it in for a hearty salad. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal for cookouts, picnics, and BBQ parties.

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Mexican black beans and corn

Looking for a protein-loaded side to serve with your pollo asado? You can’t go wrong with these Mexican black beans and corn. 

What makes this dish unique is using sofrito as the base for cooking the beans. 

This blend of chiles, onions, and garlic gives your beans and sweet corn kernels a more complex flavor that’ll have you coming back for more. 

Why we love this recipe: a serving only adds 203 calories per meal.

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Southwest ranch pasta salad

Not in the mood for rice? How about a refreshing pasta salad instead? 

Aside from the pasta, this version is loaded with classic Southwest ingredients like black beans, cilantro, corn, tomatoes, and more.

But what really makes this dish pop is its creamy cilantro-lime dressing, giving you a cooling flavor that pairs nicely with your pollo.

Why we love this recipe: it tastes even better the next day. You’ll never look at leftovers the same way again.

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What To Serve With Pollo Asado

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your pollo asado.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pollo asado side dishes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 138kcal


  • 1 portion pollo asado


  • Prepare your pollo asado according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: avocado cilantro lime rice, Mexican coleslaw, sour cream and chives mashed potatoes, grilled pineapple salsa, strawberry spinach salad, Mexican black beans and corn, and Southwest ranch pasta salad.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 138kcal

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