If you’re wondering what to serve with your pulled beef, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for pulled beef.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve pulled beef are Hawaiian rolls, horseradish mash, Cuban black beans, and yaki udon noodles. For lighter side options, try creamy coleslaw, tomato salad, or cilantro lime rice. Salsa is great for making pulled beef tacos, or you could try pulled beef enchiladas.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
These golden buns are a wonderful side to serve with your pulled beef because you can use them to make yummy sliders!
They’re soft, fluffy, and buttery – with a sweet yet subtle pineapple flavor to them that works wonderfully with the savory beef.
Bee’s thorough recipe is exactly what beginner bakers need.
Cilantro lime rice
Rice is a staple side, but why not give your traditional white rice a twist?
Cilantro lime rice is easy to make, yet packed with bright, zesty flavors that will cut through the richness of the beef.
This fluffy cilantro lime rice is better than chipotles!
Balsamic tomato salad
Fresh tomatoes will add a juicy pop of color to your pulled beef.
And the balsamic dressing offers a mellow tartness, which helps bring the sweet tomatoes and savory beef together.
It’s perfect for summer. And the best part?
You only need 10 minutes to make it.
Check out the full recipe here.
Horseradish mashed potatoes
Horseradish mashed potatoes are another fun twist to a classic side.
The mash itself is creamy from sour cream but with a spicy kick to it from the horseradish, which contrasts with the rich, deeply flavored beef.
There’s a reason beef and horseradish is such a traditional combination.
Get the recipe for these horseradish mashed potatoes here.
Vibrant and creamy, you can’t go wrong with this colorful coleslaw.
It’s a refreshing dish that’s great for summer cookouts or serving a crowd because it only takes 15 minutes to throw a big batch together.
You can have it as a side, or you could incorporate it into your beef sliders to add some crunch.
Learn the best tips for making the freshest coleslaw here.
Yaki udon noodles
Add an Asian touch to your pulled beef by serving up some yaki udon noodles.
The thick and chewy noodles are drenched in a sticky, umami-filled sauce.
And Jess’ recipe incorporates some crisp bok choy and some shitake mushrooms for their earthy flavor.
Top the noodle bowl with a spoonful of pulled beef for a really tasty lunch.
Cuban black beans
Another fast dish you can whip up on busy days are these 25-minute Cuban black beans.
They’re cooked in a rich silky sauce that has a bit of kick to it because of the jalapenos.
And it’s great if you’re looking for something you can make ahead of time because the longer you leave it, the more the flavors meld and develop.
Serve the beef and beans with a chunk of crusty bread on the side for a satisfying meal.
Garlic-herb potato salad
Brighten up your meal with a potato salad that’s filled with fresh herbs like parsley and chives.
This garlic-herb potato salad uses a lemon vinaigrette instead of your standard mayonnaise to keep things light.
And this also means you can serve it warm or cold. I prefer cold with my pulled beef because it gives a nice contrast.
This colorful Greek salsa is a fresh blend of chopped tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, onion, olives, and red wine vinegar.
It’s perfect for using in some pulled beef tacos!
The salty and tangy kick from the salsa cuts right through the rich beef.
I’m also partial to a pico de gallo, or a pineapple salsa with my pulled beef tacos.
Here’s an idea: incorporate your tender pulled beef into an enchilada.
Pulled beef enchiladas are gorgeously cheesy and creamy, and they’re oozing with comfort.
They’re a great dish to warm you up on cold days, and you can bulk them out with beans and other veggies if you don’t have enough beef.
Check out gimme some oven for the full recipe.
Sweet potato fries
Make the best sweet potato fries for your pulled beef using Bianka’s recipe.
They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and super tasty from the garlic and paprika seasoning.
Serve them with a spicy aioli for a little heat (or whatever your favorite dipping sauce is!).
Honey mustard is a good option too.
The best side dishes for pulled beef
- Hawaiian rolls
- Cilantro lime rice
- Balsamic tomato salad
- Horseradish mashed potatoes
- Creamy coleslaw
- Yaki udon noodles
- Cuban black beans
- Garlic-herb potato salad
- Greek salsa
- Beef enchiladas
- Sweet potato fries
What To Serve With Pulled Beef
- 1 portion pulled beef
- Prepare your pulled beef according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: Hawaiian rolls, cilantro lime rice, balsamic tomato salad, horseradish mashed potatoes, creamy coleslaw, yaki udon noodles, Cuban black beans, garlic-herb potato salad, greek salsa, beef enchiladas, and sweet potato fries
- Serve immediately and enjoy!