This Carne Asada Fries recipe features crispy baked fries topped with shredded cheese, tender carne asada, guacamole, sour cream and other delicious Mexican toppings!
Hey, oh! Get ready for the most epic Carne Asada Fries recipe ever!
I came across this fabulous dish when my husband and I went on a California road trip for our honeymoon a few years ago. Waiters would bring out trays of freshly made fries topped with shredded cheese, grilled carne asada, and all my favorite Mexican toppings like homemade guacamole, sour cream, cilantro and so much more.
As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to go home and make it so I could share it with you. So here we are! Are you ready? Let’s do this.
The best seasoned fries ever
To have amazing carne asada fries, you’ve got to start with a good base. For this, I’m using 4 medium-to-large russet potatoes because they’re the perfect potato for baking. They crisp up nicely while staying fluffy on the inside, and you can find them pretty much everywhere! If you’re baking fries, russet is the way to go.
Be sure to cut and slice the potatoes into even sized sticks or wedges. This will help them cook evenly and avoid having some that are burnt while others are still undercooked.
If you do have some fries that are larger than others, I recommend putting all the larger ones on one baking sheet and the smaller ones on a different baking sheet. That way if you find that the smaller fries are done way before the larger ones, you can just pull out the entire baking sheet instead of having to pick them out individually.
The best carne asada
Juicy, flavorful and authentic carne asada is part of what makes carne asada fries so good! To make delicious carne asada, you’ll need to marinate some flank steak in a mixture of olive oil, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder and few other ingredients for 2 hours.
Then grill it or cook it in a skillet for about 8 minutes per side while the fries are baking. Let it rest for about 5 minutes and slice it into bite-size chunks. That’s it!
If you’re short on time and don’t want to marinate the steak, you can go ahead and simply grill it with a little olive oil, salt and black pepper. The flavor won’t be authentic carne asada, but it’ll still be a delicious grilled steak!
Don’t forget the toppings!
Now comes the fun part – putting it all together! I like layering everything in the following order: fries, shredded cheese, carne asada, guacamole and sour cream.
If I’m trying to keep things a teeny bit healthier, I leave out the shredded cheese like in these photos. But for me, guac and sour cream are an absolute must!
Some other toppings I love are finely diced onions, chopped cilantro, fresh lime wedges for spritzing on everything, diced tomatoes, cotija cheese and a little spicy hot sauce (my favorite is this chile de arbol salsa).
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Let me know what you think in the comments below!