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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assemble, starting with the cheesy fries, followed by the carne asada and topping with the guacamole and sour cream. Enjoy!