Carne Asada Fries


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Drool. That’s basically what my boyfriend did when I surprised him with these Carne Asada Fries for lunch this past weekend. In fact, I can’t just say that was only him, I was pretty much freaking out the entire time I was making these and just pacing my kitchen while the fries baked because I was so excited to dig in. Just imagine, crispy steak fries, topped with layers of cheese, chopped Carne Asada, fresh homemade guacamole, and pico de gallo. I mean how can you not get excited about that? It’s pretty much my dream lunch.

I had some leftover carne asada from a dinner party from the previous night and decided it would make a great topping for some loaded nachos. And pretty much the second I had that idea, I went to work. I baked off some steak fried that I seasoned with garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and a hint of cumin, Basically the fries were so tasty, I could have stopped there, but I didn’t. I topped the warm steak fries with a giant handful of Queso Quesadilla (you could easily use cheddar or pepperjack), a huge dollop of guacamole, spicy carne asada and then threw on some pico de gallo for good measure. It was pretty much my most favorite masterpiece to date. Kind of like my Irish Nachos but with more of a Southwestern twist!

It got a big thumbs up from my boyfriend, the token carnivore in our house, and I’ve been dreaming about this dish ever since. Pretty much I’m just going to start to keep carne asada on hand at all times in case a craving for these Carne Asada Fries arises!

Carne Asada Fries



  • 3 russet potatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 2 cups chopped carne asada recipe below
  • 1 cup cheese cheddar, pepperjack or quesadilla
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Carne Asada:

  • 2 lb flank steak
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Peel the potatoes and slice into thick wedges. Each potato should yield about 8 wedges. Place the wedges into a plastic bag and add the garlic salt, pepper, onion flakes, cumin and olive oil. Give the bag a gentle shake until the potatoes are coated with the seasoning.
  • Lay the potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the potatoes over and let them bake for another 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  • While the potatoes are cooling, mash together the avocados and cilantro in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Place the baked steak fried onto a plate. Cover with the carne asada, cheese, pico de gallo and finally the guacamole. Serve immediately.

For Carne Asada:

  • Place a 2 lb flank steak in a large baking dish and cover with the marinade for 4-5 hours.
  • Heat a grill over high heat and grill the flank steak for 5 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill and let rest before slicing.

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  1. ButterYum

    Of all daily blog visits today, you win! My mouth is totally watering. I’ve never heard of carne asada, but I’ll be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing this fabulous post!!

  2. Kathryn

    Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to describe how good these look!

  3. Allison [Girl’s Guide to Social Media]

    Whoa. I would drool too. Actually, I am drooling right now over these carne asada fries!

  4. Heather Christo

    By husband would freak out if I made these for him. they look so good Gaby!!

  5. Bev Weidner

    Yes, please – I’m dying. I am SO making this happen in my life.

  6. Angelica

    It was love at first site!!! I wanna make these for myself and hide somewhere and enjoy them by myself. Is that weird?

  7. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks!

    I love carne asada. But with fries? Hmmmmm….

  8. Anya

    Where were these when I was in Cali?! Now I will have to make them on my own…

  9. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum

    What a great idea. I love fries, I love carne asada, could there be anything better? πŸ™‚

  10. Amanda

    These are huge in San Diego, where my husband is from. Now you have me craving them. DELICIOUS!!!!! I need to try your recipe and surprise my husband. He’d be thrilled!

  11. Katie

    Is the 1 cup, finely chopped in the carne asada recipe supposed to be onion?

    • Gaby

      Hi Katie!

      Whoops – thanks for catching that! It’s supposed to be cilantro!


    • Katie

      I ended up making it with dried cilantro because I didn’t see your response until after my grocery trip. It still came out AWESOME! Can’t wait to try the fries later on this week.

  12. Gianna

    OMGoodness Gracious that looks AMAZING! I’ve never had Carne Asada fries so I am looking to make this the new recipe to try out.

    The bad part about this post…I accidentally clicked on the picture and the picture size blew up. Made me drool even more πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble

    Nachos are great, but using potatoes instead of chips is genius! Yummy!!

  14. Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?

    om nom nom nom! These look awesome!! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Well, I do believe this could be the best fries recipe I have ever seen. Seriously you’ve got me drooling too. Yum. The shots make it look super scrumptious too.

  16. Whitney

    hubby and i made these tonight (with a few personal modifications). WOW. the combo’s were heavenly! guac and steak … guac roasted potatoes! these will be made again!

  17. Nyssa

    I just came back from San Diego where I had the most delicious carne asada fries! I’ve been looking for a good recipe in hopes of repeating the most delicious experience I had and surprise surprise your recipe tops it! I added a bit of ghost pepper sauce and it tasted great!

  18. Kathy – Panini Happy

    I hadn’t heard of carne asada fries until this summer when I had then at the Frytruck (they came down to SD from LA for a big food truck event). Wow, where had those been all my life! You’re right, we should definitely be making these as a treat at home sometimes. πŸ™‚

  19. Laura O’Brien

    Hi Gaby, this looks amazing! My husband and I have a routine for Patriots Games – we always cook food the opponents hometown/state is famous for, and I will definitely be making these fries for the Patriots vs. San Diego Charges game this weekend. The recipe looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

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  24. Ashley Anderson

    Instead of using an orange, can I use orange juice instead for the marinade?