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Carne Asada Fries Recipe
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Carne Asada Fries Recipe

You need this carne asada fries recipe - tender marinated steak and crispy French fries, all smothered with melted cheese and loaded with your favorite toppings. It's the ultimate game day or party appetizer.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carne asada, French fries, game day, party food, recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 242kcal



  • 1-2 serrano peppers minced (or use jalapeno peppers for a milder version)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ - ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil
  • Juice from 2 large oranges about a ¾ cup
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar apple cider vinegar is good, too
  • 1 tablespoon ancho powder optional, but I LOVE it
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds skirt or flank steak


  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons taco seasoning blend


  • Creamy guacamole sliced jalapeno peppers, sliced cherry tomatoes, Mexican crema, spicy chili flakes and fresh chopped cilantro, or whatever else you'd like.



  • Whisk together the serrano peppers, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, chili oil, orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, ancho powder, cumin and salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl until well combined.
  • To use the marinade, add it to a large sealable bag with the steak and rub it thoroughly into the meat. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for more flavor penetration.
  • Discard the marinade, then grill the marinated steak on the grill for 8-10 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking. 135 degrees F is medium-rare. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes, then slice it against the grain into bite-sized pieces.


  • Wash and scrub the potatoes, then slice them into ¼ inch slices lengthwise. Think “French fry” size. You can leave the skins on, if desired. I left mine on.
  • Cover the potatoes in a bowl with cold water and let them soak for at least 10 minutes. 60 minutes is better. Drain the pat the potatoes as dry as you can get them.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Toss the potatoes with olive oil and taco seasoning blend. Be sure to get them nicely coated. Spread the fries out onto baking sheets and bake them for 20 minutes, tossing them a bit about half way through.
  • Increase the heat to 450 degrees F. and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until the fries are nice and crispy. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F.


  • Top the cooked fries with shredded cheese and 3/4 to 1 pound of chopped carne asada.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely melted.
  • Top with your favorite toppings! I've used creamy homemade guacamole, sliced jalapeno peppers, sliced cherry tomatoes, Mexican crema, spicy chili flakes and fresh chopped cilantro.


NOTE: This is a great recipe for leftover carne asada.
Prep and Cooking times are based on starting with prepared carne asada.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 8.9mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3.8mg