These loaded carne asada fries are a snack that eats like a meal. French fries are loaded with grilled, seasoned beef, vegetables, guacamole, and salsa Bring your appetite. These fries are too good to resist.
Carne Asada fries are loaded fries with a Mexican twist. Perfectly crispy golden fries underneath a bed of melted cheese, tender cooked steak, and the best and most flavorful toppings piled high.
This can be one of those healthy recipes you want to revisit repeatedly, but don’t feel bad for indulging in some unhealthy toppings. Snacking should have no rules.
What Are Carne Asada Fries?
Carne asada is beef that has been grilled and thinly sliced. Sometimes you will find that it has been marinated. The beef is then served over baked french fries and topped with your favorite toppings.
You may be used to finding this recipe in more traditional Mexican restaurants, but we’re making this one at home using our favorite ingredients. Serve them up for the next football game as an appetizer, serve them as a simple lunch, or make them into a delicious family dinner that everyone can enjoy.
- Flat iron steak
- Olive oil
- Chili powder
- Cayenne pepper
For the cheese sauce, you will need:
- Processed cheese
You will also need:
- Frozen french fries
- Roma tomatoes
- Red onions
- Queso fresco
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How To Make Carne Asada Fries
For this carne asada fries recipe, I used a flat iron steak. Flank steak comes from the shoulder area. It has a deep beefy flavor. I used this particular cut because it has a bit of marbling which gives the beef so much flavor.
I rubbed the steak with olive oil as well as a seasoning mixture made with cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, salt, pepper, and a touch of cayenne pepper.
The steak doesn’t take long to grill, only about 5-7 minutes per side.
For the rest of the carne asada fries:
Preheat oven and prepare fries while steak is cooking. Cook according to the fries package directions.
When they were ready, I topped the fries with a simple cheese sauce, bite-sized pieces of chopped carne asada steak, corn, diced tomatoes, onions, and a couple of large dollops of guacamole. I sprinkled Queso fresco over the fries just before serving
Carne Asada Fries Toppings Ideas
The carne asada fries can also be topped with your desired toppings like these:
- black or pinto beans
- pico de Gallo
- diced avocados
- pickled jalapenos or chilies
- easy homemade guacamole
- fresh cilantro
- sour cream
You can also serve the Queso Blanco dip on the side
Homemade Carne Asada Marinade
- Olive oil, lime juice, and the spice rub can be used as marinade ingredients to make a marinade. Pour marinade and meat into a glass bowl with plastic wrap on top or in a gallon sized Ziploc baggie. Marinate the beef for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling.
- Allow ¼ to ½ cup of marinade for every pound of beef, and always marinate beef in the refrigerator, never at room temperature.
- Homemade roasted potatoes, homemade fries, or sweet potatoes can be used in place of frozen potatoes or frozen fries.
Recipe Tip For Making The Best Carne Asada Fries
After grilling, allow the beef to rest for about five minutes before cutting and serving.
This prevents the tasty juices from draining out of the meat and all over your plate.
What Other Cut Of Beef Can I Use For Carne Asada Fries?
Some of the best cuts for grilling include Strip Steak, Flank, and Ribeye. Any of these cuts can be used for this recipe.
Follow the beef grilling guidelines if you are unsure about grilling times and techniques.
How To Reheat Carne Asada Fries
These fries are best when eaten the day they are made. However, if you find yourself with leftover carne asada fries, the best thing to do is remove any toppings that won’t reheat well, like guacamole, and place the remaining ingredients on a foil-covered baking sheet.
Reheat the fries in a 400-degree oven for about 5-10 minutes or until heated through.
Facts About Beef
- Calorie-for-calorie, beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods. A 3-oz serving of beef is about 150 calories but provides 25 grams of protein and 10 essential nutrients, wrapped up in one tasty package.
- You would have to eat 8 ounces of chicken breast to get the same amount of iron as 3 ounces of beef.
- Add lean beef to your diet and your heart will thank you Research shows that enjoying lean beef as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk.
- 1 ½ lbs flat iron steak
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cubed processed cheese
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1 large package frozen french fries
- 1/2 cup corn
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 2 tablespoons chopped red onions
- 2 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco
- Prepare french fries according to package directions.
- Preheat an outdoor grill to medium heat.
- Rub steak with olive oil. Combine spices in a small bowl and rub over the beef.
- Grill beef for 5-7 minutes per side or until desired degree of doneness. 135 degrees for medium rare and 145 for medium.
- Remove steak and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting steak into bite sized pieces.
- While steak cooks, prepare cheese sauce.
- Combine the cheese and the milk in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Whisk until melted and smooth. Keep warm.
- Arrange cooked fries on a platter. Drizzle fries with cheese sauce. Top the fries with the steak, corn, tomatoes, onions and guacamole. Sprinkle with Queso fresco.
- Serve immediately.