Carne Asada Steak Fries are one of the most delicious mountains of carbs I have had. It begins with a delicious citrus marinade that consists of some lemon, lime and orange juice. From here, you place it in a sealed container for a few hours (you do not want to exceed 8 hours because the citrus will begin to break down the meat) and let the skirt steak absorb all of the delicious flavors. 

carne asadaWhat is Carne Asada? It’s actually quite simple, it is grilled and sliced beef, usually skirt steak, or it can be flank steak. Another important variable is that it is marinated and then grilled directly over hot coals to create a charred flavor. It is delicious by itself, but it is also used as a pairing to a dish like these Carne Asada Fries. Whenever you can use it, it will enhance the flavors of your dish.

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Carne Asada Steak Fries

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Marinade Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4


  • 1 3-4 Lb Skirt steak
  • 2 Russet Potatoes
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • Garlic citrus lime steak seasoning
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • Mexican creme

Carne Asada Marinade

  • ½ cup Chopped cilantro
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Dried oregano
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • ½ Jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 1 Fresh lemon juiced
  • 1 Fresh lime juiced
  • 1 Fresh orange juiced
  • ¼ cup Oilive oil

Pico De Gallo

  • 3 Roma tomatoes pitted and diced
  • ½ Red onion diced
  • ½ Jalapeño seeded and diced
  • ½ Lime juiced
  • Pinch of kosher salt


  • 1 Fresh Avocado
  • ½ Lime juiced
  • 1 tsp Salt

Cheese Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • cups Whole milk
  • 8-10 oz Sharp cheddar shredded from the block
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder


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Preparation Instructions:

  1. Start off by prepping your skirt steak and seasoning it with the garlic citrus lime seasoning and let it sit while you make your marinade. In a medium bowl add the cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, salt, oregano, cumin, black pepper, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice and olive oil. Until it is combined well and then place your skirt steak in a large zip lock bag and add the marinade. Seal the bag, airtight, and then mix. Place in the fridge for two hours.
  2. At this point, we will make our Pico De Galo.  Get your Roma tomatoes on a cutting board and cut them into halves (long ways) and then use a spoon to carve out the center to core them. Dice your tomatoes and place them in a bowl. Dice your red onion and add to the same bowl. Dice and seed your jalapeño and add to the same bowl. Add lime juice and salt, now mix and place in the fridge until you are ready to use.
  3. Twenty mins prior to grilling make your homemade guac. Cut your avocados in halves and remove the seed. Squeeze into a bowl and add lime juice with salt and mix. Place in the fridge.
  4. Now, cut your russet potatoes into your fries and then add to an ice-cold bowl of water (with a pinch of salt) and let soak for 15 mins. While this is soaking, get your skillet fired up with peanut oil and get the oil temp to 350 degrees.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. At this time get the marinated steak out of the fridge and fire up the grill for direct grilling. 
  2. While the grill is heating up, strain the French fries and dry them with a paper towel. Once they are dry, drop them in the oil, in batches, for the first fry (about 5 minutes). Remove from the oil and place on a wire rack. Wait 3 mins and drop them back in the oil to fry an additional 3 mins. Remove and place in a bowl with salt and pepper. Toss them to season.
  3. While the fries are frying we are going to get our steak on the grill. Be sure to place the steak where hot coals are below it the whole time. You want to grill for 2 mins and rotate 90 degrees and then flip, repeat the same process and then remove and rest, be sure the internal temp is 125-128 degrees. Rest for 6-8 mins.
  4. In a saucepan add butter, over medium heat, and let it melt. Once melted add the flour and whisk for a few minutes and add the milk. Whisk and let it combine for a few minutes and then add the shredded cheese. Stir and whisk until it has a nice smooth consistency. If it is too thick add a little milk and if it is too runny let it cook to reduce.
  5. Slice the steak into little cubes.
  6. Plate the fries and add the steak cubes, cheese sauce, Mexican creme, pico de Gallo, and guac and finish with the fresh jalapeños (this is optional).
  7. Enjoy with family and friends!

So if you’re looking for a tasty and different way to enjoy steak fries, why not try carne asada fries? They’re definitely worth the effort, and we think you’ll love them. Give this recipe a try, and let us know how it turns out for you!

Did you enjoy this carne asada steak fries recipe? You’ll love my other beef recipes in the link below!

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Items used in This Recipe

Hasty-Bake Grill

Knitted Gloves

Cast Iron Skillet 

Meater +

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Starters

Firestarter Guard


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