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Loaded Carne Asada Fries

Carne asada fries are a popular Mexican-American dish that originated in San Diego, California in the 1990s. The dish consists of crispy French fries that are topped with seasoned and grilled carne asada, which is typically made from skirt, flank, or flap steak. 

The steak is often marinated in a blend of spices such as chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. The fries and steak are then smothered in melted cheese, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and other toppings such as jalapenos or cilantro. Carne asada fries are a hearty and flavorful dish that can be served as an appetizer or a main course.

They are a popular menu item in Mexican-American restaurants and are also easy to make at home!

Key Takeaways

  • Appeals to lovers of Mexican cuisine seeking a hearty and indulgent meal.
  • Estimated preparation time is approximately 45-60 minutes.
  • Nutrition facts may vary but generally contain high levels of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

About This Recipe

Carne Asada Fries are a beloved Mexican-American fusion dish that brings together the bold flavors of grilled beef, savory toppings, and creamy textures over a bed of crispy fries. Originating from the streets of Southern California, this dish has gained popularity across the United States for its robust taste and satisfying components.

Equipment Required

  • Grill or stovetop pan
  • Baking sheet
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cooking utensils


  • 1 pound skirt or flank steak (thinly sliced)
  • 4 large potatoes (for fries)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (preferably Mexican blend)
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your grill or stovetop pan.
  2. Slice the potatoes into thin strips to make fries.
  3. Toss the potato strips in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then spread them on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake the fries in the oven until golden and crispy.
  5. Season the sliced steak with taco seasoning.
  6. Grill the steak slices to your desired doneness.
  7. Once done, let the steak rest for a few minutes, then slice it into smaller pieces.
  8. Arrange the fries on a serving plate, top them with the grilled steak, shredded cheese, and other toppings like guacamole, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, and red onions.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy this delightful, flavorful feast.

Side Dishes

Carne Asada Fries pair well with a side of refried beans or a crisp green salad.

Storage Options

Due to the variety of fresh toppings, Carne Asada Fries are best enjoyed fresh and are not recommended for storing.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • For a vegetarian option, replace the steak with grilled portobello mushrooms or tofu.
  • Adjust the toppings to personal preference, such as using different cheeses or varying the salsa types.

Alternatives to This Meal

For a different twist, try Carne Asada Fries with different types of meat, like chicken or pork. Alternatively, Check out this recipe for Carne Asada Burrito.


Carne Asada Fries are a celebration on a plate, combining the vibrant tastes of Mexican cuisine with American comfort food. This recipe offers a satisfying indulgence for those seeking a fiesta of flavors in every bite. Enjoy the fusion of textures and tastes with this mouthwatering dish!