Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

These are not something I grew up with, but I wish I  had!  You will not find these served up by restaurants or street vendors in Mexico, much like burritos (yes, folks–burritos are an American creation), but my grandchildren and I have adopted these to be served up for lunch, dinner, snack, whenever you get hungry for them.

I was introduced to them through Grandchild #1.  She and her mom had come over to help me paint, so I took them to lunch at a local restaurant.   She immediately recognized the venue as one she had been on a date and raved about the Carne Asada fries there and ordered some.  Her mother and I ordered our usual preferences–still skeptical about the Fries, but we had a taste of hers.  We ended up ordering some Fries for ourselves and taking our original orders home to eat later.

So, on Super Bowl Sunday, I decided to serve these so that others at the party could also be introduced to them.  I think the grandsons ate the lion’s share of them, but I did get a taste. These come together much like Nachos, but with fries.  The meat adds 75% of the flavor to these, so you will want to make sure the meat is well-marinated.  Introducing…Carne Asada Fries!

Carne Asada Fries
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican/American
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Serves: 6 servings
 
I recently made these with a large order of McDonald's fries, as I had some leftover carne asada. It made for a much quicker result and I think they have the best fries around.
Ingredients
  • 1 large bag frozen crinkle cut fries
  • 2 cups each grated cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. marinated carne asada
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 2-3 ripe avocados, mashed
  • 1 diced tomatod (optional)
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • chopped cilantro to taste
  • sour cream
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (you will thank me for this later when the cheese melts). Spread the fries on the foil.
  2. Prepare frozen fries according to package directions. About 2 minutes before final baking time, first sprinkle the fries with salt and then top them with the cheeses and return to oven until melted.
  3. Meanwhile, either grill the carne asada or saute in a large pan in about 2 tablespoons of oil until browned and cooked through--about 10 minutes, making sure to flip the meat over halfway through the cooking process. All liquid should be absorbed.
  4. Remove meat from grill or pan and cover with foil, allowing to sit for 5 minutes to allow the juices to flow back into the meat. Chop or slice the carne asada into bite-sized pieces.
  5. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados. Make your guacamole to your liking, adding any or all of these ingredients: diced tomato, chopped onion, chopped cilantro.
  6. Assemble, starting with the cheesy fries, followed by the carne asada and topping with the guacamole and sour cream. Enjoy!
Notes
The fries we had at the restaurant were a bit simpler than these--they were served with plain mashed avocado, with no tomato, onion or cilantro. I thought I would make it a true guacamole mix, but either way, these are incredible! Also, the restaurant fries were deep-fried, not baked.