Carne Asada Fries

Published Date
August 23rd 2021
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Carne Asada Fries is an indulgent dish for all fried potato lovers that also love Mexican cuisine. What’s not to love about French fries covered with seasoned grilled beef, guacamole, sour cream, pico de Gallo, and cheese. This dish is a more recent addition to traditional Mexican cuisine and was supposedly created in San Diego in the 1990s. With this recipe, we will be preparing the regular and sweet potato fries using an Air Fryer. The fries are then topped with a traditional Carne Asada with your favorite condiments on the side, this is the best appetizer for Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings. We hope you make this dish to share with friends at your next Mexican Inspired Fiesta!

Is carne asada fries a California thing?

Yes, its know that carne asada fries were originally invented in San Diego, California at a Mexican themed restaurant named Lolita's. 

How do I make carne asada fries?

To make carne masada fries, start off by cooking some steak and cutting it into bite sized pieces. Frying the fries in oil then topping them with cheese that gets melted before adding on Pico de Gallo, guacamole, sour cream and the cooked steak. 

What are asada fries made of?

Asada fries are essentially like putting together a plate of nachos, except the tortilla chips are replaced with crispy fries and topped with cheese, Pico de Gallo, guacamole & sour cream.  

Can you heat up carne asada fries?

If all the toppings such as the sour cream, guacamole and Pico de Gallo are already added to the fries, this may not be able to be heated back up as it will produce a soggy mess. If these toppings ardent already added then yes, you can heat carne masada fries back up in your air fryer or oven.  

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Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 4.6 (9 votes)
Prep Time
19 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
64 mins
6 persons


French Fries - Air Fryer
Carne Asada


Air Fryer French Fries
Prepare the Air Fryer by preheating it to 380 °F.
Closeup of an air fryer temperate dial
Wash and rinse the potatoes and then cut them into quarter-inch thick sticks.
Overview of freshly cut fries in a colander
Coat them with the oil and then season with salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper.
Overview of fries in a bowl being coated with oil and spices
The fries will be cooked in batches by placing a single layer of fries onto the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not touching each other.
Arial of fries in an air fryer basket
Cook for 6-8 minutes on one side, then turn them over and cook for another 6-8 minutes until thoroughly cooked and crispy.
Overview of fries cooking in an air fryer
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the fries have been cooked.
Arial of fries cooking in an air fryer
Then just before you are ready to plate them, place all the fries into the basket for one last fry for 3-5 minutes or until they are warm and crispy.
Sideview of fries in an air fryer basket
Remove them from the fryer, place them on your serving tray and top with the Carne Asada. 
Sideview of a bowl of cooked fries
Carne Asada
In a large bowl, mix the Sea Salt, Black pepper, Chili powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Cumin, Garlic, Cilantro, and Lime juice.
Overview of a mixing bowl with marinade being whisked
Coat the steak with the seasoning mixture and marinate for at least one hour, flipping the meat after 30 minutes to make sure both sides are marinated.
Flank steak marinating in a bowl
Preheat a griddle or grill for 5 minutes.
Grill pan heating up on a stovetop
Place the meat onto the hot griddle and cook on each side for 5 minutes.
Steak being grilled in a pan
Remove from the heat and place on a cutting board and allow the steak to rest for 5 minutes.
Flank steak resting on a wooden cutting board
Cut the steak into bite-sized pieces by cutting strips along the grain and again across the grain.
Steak being sliced on a wooden cutting board
Place the meat on top of the cooked fries and sprinkle the Pepper Jack Cheese over the top.
Sideview of fries with shredded cheese and pieces of steak on top
If you have a broiler, you can place the dish under for 3-5 minutes before serving to melt the cheese and warm the dish. Serve warm with Guacamole, Sour Cream, and Pico de Gallo on the side for dipping.
Sideview of a bowl of carne asada with guacamole steak and Pico de Gallo in the background
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