Carne Asada Fries
Carne asada fries are a local San Diego specialty. But you can easily make them at home with oven baked fries, grilled carne asada and fresh ingredients. They’re perfect for parties, game days and whenever you’re craving a tasty appetizer or meal.
There are many things I love about Southern California – sunshine and gorgeous coastline, fresh farmer’s markets….and the most delicious Mexican food possible. I’ve traveled quite a bit through Baja and there’s nothing that compares to a plate full of messy and delicious street tacos while you’re sitting on the side of the road, gazing out at the ocean and enjoying life.
Well, there is one thing that does come in a close second…as far as the food goes. Carne asada fries.
Carne asada fries might be known throughout SoCal (as Mexican hotspots in Los Angeles now offer them), but they’re really a San Diego classic. If you’re a native San Diegan, you know what I’m talking about. And if you’re not, let me introduce you to your new favorite gluten-free, corn-free nacho replacement.
Carne asada fries really are just that – a cross between loaded cheesy fries and nachos. But we’re making them a bit healthier. Because we’re starting with homemade oven baked fries that are golden and crispy with just a hint of paprika.
On top of those homemade fries comes a sprinkle of good quality cheddar cheese. I’ve never been a fan of yellow cheese (why do they make it yellow? milk isn’t yellow?) so I opt for organic cheddar cheese from happy, grass-fed cows that’s natural in color.
But let’s be honest, carne asada fries are really about the carne asada. And this carne asada is unbelievably flavorful as it’s marinated in a mix of olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. After it’s marinated, toss it on the grill for 5-7 minutes each side, let it sit for 5 minutes, then chop it up into bite-sized pieces (and try not to eat it all up).
Pile the carne asada on top of the cheesy fries, then dollop some of my Best Ever Guacamole next to a dollop of sour cream. That’s it. Grab a fork, dig into it and imagine you’re in sunny San Diego.
Carne Asada Fries
Carne asada fries are a local San Diego specialty. But this homemade version with baked french fries and grilled carne asada is just as delicious.
- 1.5 lbs flank steak
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 limes juiced
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper
Baked French Fries
- 4 russet potatoes washed and dried
- 2 tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
- 1 recipe Best Ever Guacamole
- 2-3 tbsp Sour Cream
In a bowl, stir together all of the carne asada marinade ingredients. Place the flank steak and marinade in a ziploc bag or baking dish and refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
Make the Best Ever Guacamole recipe, then cover and refrigerate until needed.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.
Slice each russet potato in half, then half again. Slice each quarter into strips, then slice the strips into equally sized fries.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and add the fries. You may need two baking trays to keep the fries on a single layer. Add the olive oil and spices and toss to coat.
Bake the fries for 25-30 minutes and use a spatula to flip the fries halfway through.
While the fries are baking, heat a grill to medium-high heat and grill the flank steak for 5 minutes on each side. Remove the steak to a cutting board and let it sit for 5 minutes, then slice it into small pieces.
To serve, place the fries on a plate, sprinkle with cheddar cheese and add the carne asada. Top with a dollop of guacamole and sour cream.