These carne asada fries are topped with grilled marinated steak, pico de gallo, guacamole and plenty of cheese. The ultimate party snack or main course option that’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

When I’m in the mood for Mexican, I whip up some cheese dip, carnitas tacos or these amazingly delicious nacho fries. These fries are as fun to make as they are to eat!

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Carne asada fries topped with melted cheese, steak, salsa and guacamole.

Cheese fries are great on their own, but they’re even better when loaded up with steak, guacamole, and other Mexican style toppings. These carne asada fries make a great appetizer, but are hearty enough to serve as a meal.

How do you make carne asada fries?

To make carne asada fries, you will first need to make carne asada. You can use my recipe for tender, flavorful carne asada. For the fries, place them on a sheet pan and bake them until hot and golden brown. Arrange shredded cheese and cubes of steak over the fries, then bake again until the cheese is melted. Serve the fries with toppings like guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro and sour cream.

Flank steak in a cilantro and citrus marinade.

Tips for carne asada fries

  • The carne asada recipe makes a mildly spiced meat. If you prefer your meat to be hot and spicy, keep some of the seeds and ribs in the jalapeno when you add it to the marinade.
  • You can use any style french fry you like, simply bake them according to the package directions.
  • Don’t use pre-shredded cheese. It often contains anti-caking agents and tends not to melt well.
  • Instead of shredded cheese you can pour queso over the top.
  • This recipe is also great with chicken instead of steak
  • You can make your own pico de gallo, or buy your favorite pre-prepared version.
  • Feel free to add other toppings to your fries such as black beans, olives or pickled jalapeno slices.

Grilled carne asada steak in a pan.


I typically cook my steak for about 5-6 minutes per side, which leads to meat that’s seared on the outside yet still pink in the center. The best way to gauge for doneness is to use a meat thermometer. I recommend cooking your carne asada to medium, which is an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Keep in mind that your meat will cook further after you add it to the fries and place the pan in the oven to melt the cheese.

French fries topped with shredded cheese and diced steak.


This recipe uses flank steak, and it’s important to slice your flank steak against the grain so that it’s as tender as possible. You can find the direction of the grain by looking at your meat and seeing which way the muscle fibers run. Make sure to cut across those fibers rather than parallel to them. After your slice your steak, you can cut it up into bite sized pieces to place on your fries.

Carne asada fries in a skillet topped with sour cream, pico de gallo and steak.

This recipe transforms tender and delicious carne asada into a fun appetizer that is perfect for watching the game or parties. It always gets rave reviews from family and friends!

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5 from 11 votes

Carne Asada Fries

AuthorSara Welch
Carne asada fries topped with melted cheese, steak, salsa and guacamole.
These carne asada fries are topped with grilled marinated steak, pico de gallo, guacamole and plenty of cheese. The ultimate party snack or main course option that's perfect for feeding a crowd!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Marinating Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Serves 8


  • 1 recipe carne asada
  • 32 ounce bag frozen french fries
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup pico de gallo
  • 3/4 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • cilantro sprigs and lime wedges for garnish optional
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Prepare the carne asada according to recipe directions.
  • While the carne asada is cooking, place the french fries on a sheet pan coated with cooking spray and bake according to package directions.
  • Slice the meat against the grain, then cut it into bite sized pieces.
  • Arrange the french fries in a skillet or on a sheet pan. Sprinkle the cheese over the fries, them top with the steak.
  • Bake the fries for 5-6 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove the pan from the oven. Top the fries with pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. Serve immediately, garnished with cilanto and lime wedges if desired.


Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 1036mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 507IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Now this is how I like to enjoy fries!!! Will make the perfect football food for the game this weekend! Looks too good to pass up, indeed!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my, this is such a great pairing. And it certainly sounds like I need to make this soon judging from my family’s reactions. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Oh wow, it’s been a while since I had something as delicious as these fries. This recipe is too good not to try it – can’t wait!

  4. 5 stars
    I love loaded fries, and making them with carne asada really made them extra special. Our whole family loved them!