Carne Asada Fries

A super fun meal, that doesn’t take a ton of time. Tender marinated beef is the key to the success of this meal.   

Delicious Carne-Asada-Fries-@createdbydiane

There is nothing like a hot skillet full of tasty Carne Asada Fries

I don’t like when fries get cold,

serving them in a heated skillet, keeps them hot and crispy!

I like my fries piled high

full of deliciously marinaded Carne Asada,

topped with Cotija Cheese


and of course sour cream and salsa!

Feel free to add your favorite toppings, jalapenos, guacamole, corn, black beans, lime juice all yummy!

toppings are key here, feel free to pile on all your favorites


cooking carne asada in a cast iron skillet

You can grill the meat or cook it in a cast iron skillet to cook it up deliciously crispy.

Don’t overcrowd the pan, or the marinade will steam the meat.

 The meat cooks quickly in small batches.

Cook the meat while the fries bake.

french fries

Bake up a batch of french fries until they are crispy.

PeakFection Salsa from Kroger

Having everything prepped and ready to go when the meat and fries are cooked is essential.  I placed sour cream and salsa in disposable piping bags to make it easy to top the dish with when it’s ready to serve.






Carne Asada is great in tacos, burritos, on top of nachos and it’s pretty hard to resist eating the whole plate full whatever plans you have for it.

To keep the food hot, heat a cast iron skillet just as all the food is ready. Place the french fries on the bottom, top it with the Carne Asada, then pile on all the yummy topping you can think of!


THIS is the skillet I use and love and I use it so much I have 3 of them and more in other sizes too, it’s a kitchen must have.

carne asada recipe at home

Carne Asada Marinade


  • I orange juiced
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 2 tablespoons Salsa
  • 1 jalapeño seeds removed and diced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions diced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
  • *you can easily double the spices if desired


  • mix all ingredients and marinade
  • pounds of flap meat, flank steak, skirt steak or flat iron steak (which are all similar cuts of meat) cut into thin strips
  • marinate meat overnight
  • Grill in cast iron skillet in small batches so the juice doesn't steam the meat
  • the meat will cook quickly since it's cut thin, don't overcrowd the pan.


Carne Asada Fries


  • 1- 1 1/2 pounds Carne Asada marinade recipe above
  • 1 package frozen french fries 30 oz
  • 1 oz. Cotija Cheese
  • 1 jalapeño fresh or pickled, depending on how spicy you prefer
  • 2-3 scallions
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • lime


  • Heat skillet or grill meat until it's fully cooked.
  • Meanwhile, bake french fries until they are crispy
  • Heat a clean cast iron skillet to serve the Carne Asada Fries so they stay hot if desired
  • Place the french fries on the bottom of skillet or serving dish, top with Carne Asada,
  • add on Cotija Cheese, jalapeño, scallions, sour cream, salsa, and lime juice.

Carne Asada Fries from @createdbydiane

These are great to serve on GAME DAY, as an appetizer or for a fun change to a weeknight meal.

They won’t last long, trust me.



*Thanks for supporting the brands that I work with, all opinions are my own.
 I’m partnering with Kroger to bring you this recipe using their PeakFection Red Salsa.


    1. Depending on where you live they can call it different things. Flank steak and Flap meat, skirt steak and flat iron steaks are very similar. Often I can get flap meat for half of what flank steak costs, I talked to the butcher in a few stores near me and they say all those cuts are similar and great for marinading.
      Also here in Calif. Tri-tip is popular but I can not get it when I’m in NJ the butchers there say they don’t sell it, but it’s been popular in Ca for many years.
      When in doubt ask the butcher, but just looking at steak you can tell how much marbling is in it and the texture. Like flank and flap, they look similar.

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