When I was a teenager, I learned how to cook beef tips and rice. Actually, it was my dad who made me fall in love with it.
But Beef tips and rice is a dish that needs a special side dish. That’s why it’s important to know what to serve with it. I’ll give you some ideas on the best sides to serve with beef tips and rice.
When it comes to side dishes, it is important to know you have options. But there are a few things you need to take into account.
For one, beef tips and rice have a unique flavor that can be difficult to pair with the wrong side dish. Secondly, timing is important. With that in mind, here are my favorite side dishes to serve with beef tips and rice!
What Sides go with Beef Tips and Rice
- Crispy Onion Rings
- Fresh Green Salad
- Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction
- Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
- Baked French Fries
- Couscous Salad
- Sauteed Spinach
- Cheesy Polenta Rounds
Crispy Onion Rings
This is a classic side dish that goes well with beef tips and rice. Why? Because it has a similar flavor profile. The onion rings add a savory crunch to the dish that compliments the beef tips and rice. And, they’re easy to make!
I have eaten this dish many times, and it’s always been delicious. The key to making the perfect crispy onion rings is to use fresh onions. You’ll also need a good batter recipe.
I like to use a beer batter because it gives the onion rings a nice flavor. There was never a time when I served my crispy onion rings with beef tips and rice that they weren’t a hit!
So, I always make sure to have a big batch of crispy onion rings ready to go when I make beef tips and rice – especially at family gatherings and potluck parties.
Fresh Green Salad
Every time someone asks me what my favorite side dish is, I say a fresh green salad. And for good reason – it’s healthy, flavorful, and goes with everything!
A green salad is a brilliant side dish for beef tips and rice because it balances out the savory flavors of the dish. The acidity of the dressing also helps to cut through the richness of the beef tips and rice.
And don’t get me started on the appetizing mix of colors and textures!
I love to make a green salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and red onion. I also like to add croutons and shredded cheese.
For the dressing, I usually use a vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar. But feel free to experiment with different dressings! You could even use ranch dressing if you wanted to.
The important thing is that you have a fresh green salad ready to go when you serve your beef tips and rice. It’s the perfect way to round out the meal.
Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction
Asparagus is one of my all-time favorite vegetables. I love it because it’s so versatile. You can eat it raw, boiled, grilled, or roasted. And, it goes well with a variety of different dishes.
I think roasted asparagus is the best way to eat it. And, it just so happens to be an excellent side dish for beef tips and rice.
The game-changer that ties roasted asparagus so well with beef tips and rice, and makes them the ultimate pair, is the Balsamic reduction. The sweet and tangy sauce pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of the dish.
If you’ve never had roasted asparagus with a Balsamic reduction, I urge you to try it. You won’t be disappointed!
It’s healthy, flavorful, and goes well with so many different dishes. I especially love roasted asparagus because it brings out the natural sweetness of the asparagus and makes it extra tender.
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
This is another side dish that is near and dear to my heart. I grew up eating scalloped potatoes. And, they were always an excellent side dish for beef tips and rice.
There are a few things that make scalloped potatoes the perfect side dish for this meal. First, they are rich and creamy. This pairs well with the savory flavors of the beef tips and rice. Secondly, they are loaded with cheesy goodness. And we all know that cheese makes everything better!
Lastly, scalloped potatoes are easy to make. You can even make them ahead of time and reheat them when you’re ready to eat.
I like to make my scalloped potatoes with thick slices of potato, a creamy sauce, and plenty of shredded cheese. I also like to add a little bit of garlic for extra flavor.
If you’re looking for a side dish that is sure to please, look no further than scalloped potatoes. They are the perfect accompaniment to beef tips and rice.
Baked French Fries
No list of side dishes would be complete without mentioning French fries. They are, hands down, one of the most popular side dishes in the world.
And for good reason – they are delicious!
French fries are a great side dish for beef tips and rice because they are savory and satisfying. They can also be made ahead of time and reheated.
I don’t know about you but I like to bake my French fries in the oven. This ensures that they are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I also like to add a little bit of garlic powder and paprika for extra flavor.
When you’re having a barbeque party, tailgate party, or just a casual get-together with friends, French fries are always a good idea.
Couscous Salad with Cranberries and Almonds
This is a side dish that is light, refreshing, and packed with flavor. I love to make it in the summertime when cranberries are in season.
The couscous salad is made with Israeli couscous, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, scallions, and a simple vinaigrette. It’s a great side dish for beef tips and rice because it has a variety of textures and flavors.
The couscous is chewy, the cranberries are sweet and tart, the almonds add a nice crunch, and the scallions give it a little bit of spice. Combined, they make for a delicious and well-rounded side dish.
If you’re looking for a summertime side dish that is sure to please, look no further than couscous salad with cranberries and almonds. It’s the perfect accompaniment to beef tips and rice.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a big bowl of sautéed spinach. It’s nutritious, delicious, and complements a variety of meals.
I especially love sauteed spinach because it brings out the natural sweetness of the spinach and makes it extra tender.
Spinach is a great side dish for beef tips and rice because it is healthy and flavorful. It’s also quick and easy to make.
I like to saute my spinach with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. This gives it a nice flavor without overpowering the dish.
Finally, sautéed spinach is a wonderful and nutritious side dish. Try it.
Cheesy Polenta Rounds
Everyone loves a good side of cheesy polenta. It’s rich, and creamy, and pairs well with a variety of main dishes.
Polenta is a filling and hearty addition to beef tips and rice. It may also be prepared ahead of time and reheated as needed.
I usually make my polenta rounds with yellow cornmeal, milk, butter, and shredded cheese. I also like to add a little bit of garlic for extra flavor.
When you’re looking for a side dish that is sure to please, look no further than cheesy polenta rounds. They are the perfect accompaniment to beef tips and rice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are stew meat and beef tips the same?
No, stew meat is a cheaper cut of beef that is usually tough and needs to be cooked for a long time to become tender. Beef tips are a more expensive cut of beef that is already tender and only needs to be cooked for a short time.
What’s the best way to cook beef tips?
There are many ways to cook beef tips, but the best way is to cook them in a slow cooker with some vegetables and beef broth. This will ensure that they are tender and flavorful.
What’s the best way to cook rice?
There are many ways to cook rice, but the best way is to use a rice cooker. This will ensure that the rice is cooked evenly and is fluffy and tender.
What cut of beef is best for beef tips?
Beef tips are best made with a tender cut of beef, such as sirloin or filet mignon. Do either a chuck or round cut and it will be fine.
I have carefully explained why these are the best side dishes to serve with beef tips and rice.
I have given you all the information you need to know about what sides go well with beef tips and rice, and why I love each side dish.
Now it’s your turn to try them out for yourself. Invite some friends over, fire up the grill, and enjoy a delicious meal.