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Carne Asada Fries #ImprovCookingChallenge

Carne Asada Fries are the best Mexican appetizer to your meal. Flavorful beef on top of crispy fries topped with cheese, guacamole, tomatoes and sour cream.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Beef
Servings 4 -6 as appetizer, 2-3 as entree


For the Carne Asada:

  • 1 ½ lbs flank or skirt steak
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

For the Fries:

  • 1 bag frozen fries shoestring, crinkle or steak is best
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican or monterrey jack cheese

For the Toppings:

  • 2 avocados ripe
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 roma tomato finely diced
  • Sour cream optional
  • sliced jalapenos optional
  • chopped cilantro optional


For the Carne Asada:

  • Combine the cilantro, orange juice, oil, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Add the flank steak to a ziptop bag or a bowl and pour the marinade over it. Toss to coat and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but up to overnight.
  • Remove the steak from the bag and discard the marinade. Grill the steak over high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Or pan-sear the steak over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Remove the steak and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice against the grain into strips, then dice the strips into bite sized pieces.

For the Fries:

  • Preheat the oven according to package instructions.
  • Lay the fries out in a single layer on a sheet pan.
  • Cook according to package instructions, usually 15-20 minutes.
  • Push the fries into a mound on the sheet pan and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  • Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.

For the Toppings:

  • Scoop the flesh of the avocado into a bowl, removing the pit. Add the lime juice and salt and mash until desired consistency.

To Assemble:

  • Transfer the mound of cheese covered fries to a serving platter.
  • Sprinkle the chopped meat on top.
  • Top with the guacamole, diced tomatoes and optional sour cream, sliced jalapenos and cilantro.
  • Serve immediately.


  • This recipe requires at least 2 hours of marinating! 
  • The guacamole can be made in advance. Prepare as stated above, then press plastic wrap to the top of the mixture, cover with a lid and refrigerate. This will stop the guacamole from browning, but use within a few hours.
  • You can still eat browned guacamole. It just looks less appealing.
  • To reheat this dish, place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until warm.

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Keyword appetizer, avocado, Carne Asada, Carne Asada Fries, cheese, Guacamole, improv cooking challenge, lime
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