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Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries are a SoCal restaurant favorite, but they’re incredibly easy to make at home. Here’s how to make the best Carne Asada Fries you’ve ever eaten.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 40 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 556kcal
Author Tracy


Special Equipment


  • 1/2 cup orange juice bottled is fine
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce low-sodium is fine
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice bottled is fine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice bottled is fine
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper OR 1 teaspoon finely chopped, canned chipotle pepper optional
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro chopped, about 3/4-1 cup very loosely packed


  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds skirt, flank, or flap steak

Carne Asada Fries

  • 1 28-ounce bag frozen fries
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • Chopped cilantro optional for topping
  • 1 jalapeno sliced, optional for topping


Carne Asada Marinade

  • Combine and stir together all marinade ingredients. Transfer meat into a large plastic bag or container and pour marinade over the top. Marinate for at least 4 hours, up to about 24, flipping the meat once halfway through.

Carne Asada

  • Adjust top rack of your oven to about 4 inches below the broiler. Heat broiler on high. Place meat on a foil-lined heavy-duty baking sheet or broiling pan and broil 4 to 6 minutes per side. Pull at 135°F for medium-rare, 145°F for medium. 
  • Allow meat to rest for 10 minutes before slicing across the grain into strips or chunks. Tent with foil to keep warm while your fries cook.


  • While your meat rests, bake fries according to package instructions, until just done.
  • Set oven temperature to 350°F. If desired, pile cooked fries into a cast iron skillet or assemble fries on the baking sheet.
  • Top cooked fries with chopped carne asada and cheese. Return fries to the oven until cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Sprinkle with cilantro and add sliced jalapenos if desired. Serve and enjoy!


Approximate nutritional information is for 6 servings made with 2 pounds of skirt steak, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and assumes 10% marinade retention.


Calories: 556kcal