Crispy Carne Asada Fries Recipe: Your New Favorite Finger Food Recipe Will Make You Lick Your Fingers by Chef Gigi

Crispy Carne Asada Fries Recipe: Your New Favorite Finger Food Recipe Will Make You Lick Your Fingers

Move over nachos! This crispy carne asada fries recipe is hearty, filling and oh so good. 

We're pretty sure this crave-able appetizer recipe will be your new favorite finger food snack. Be sure to personalize them with your favorite toppings (and don't let anyone catch you licking your fingers)!

Cuisine: Mexican/American
Prep Time: 8 hours to overnight to marinate 
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours and 20 minutes

Servings: 10


Marinade and Steak

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch of ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak

Fries and Cheese Sauce

  • 1 bag frozen seasoned fries, baked according to package directions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Optional Toppings

  • avocado, diced or mashed or guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • sour cream
  • fresh cilantro 
  • sliced jalapenos, fresh or pickled
  • black olives

Here's how to make it: 

  1. For the marinade, combine the lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper, cumin, cayenne and oregano in a mixing bowl. Place in an air-tight container allowing the steak to marinate for a minimum of 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat the grill or cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat and cook the steak to your desired temperature. Remove to a cutting board allow to rest. While the steak is on the grill, bake the fries according to the manufacturer's directions.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for 2 minutes. Add the milk while constantly whisking to avoid lumps until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. And garlic salt and allow the mixture to thicken for 3 to 4 minutes. Cover and set aside to keep warm.
  4. Once the fries are crispy, place them on a slightly warmed serving platter. Chop the steak, top the fries, drizzle on the warm melted cheese and add your desired toppings.

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Ground Cumin $2 & Up
Dried Oregano $2 & Up
Cayenne $3 & Up
Black Pepper $2 & Up
Kosher Salt $2 & Up
Garlic Salt $3 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Black Olives $2 & Up

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Whaaaat? How am I not supposed to eat the whole pan by myself, Chef Gigi Gaggero, Resident Chef . Delish!

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