Asada Fries made with Carne Asada grilled flank steak, melted queso, chopped onions, cilantro, and jalapenos over crispy oven baked golden smashed potatoes. Loaded dirty fries piled high with marinated steak, cheesy stovetop queso served with loads of chopped cilantro, onion and jalapenos makes an irresistible game day meal or fun Mexican-inspired meal that comes together easily.
Combining some of our favorite foods for some seriously delicious game time eats. Street meat style loaded dirty fries that feature loads and loads of Carne Asada with queso over crispy fries. We are huge football fans over here and are so excited that the season is finally here. Can’t get enough- we could watch football every day of the week. We’re getting pumped up to crank out some football Sunday eats.
These loaded fries aren’t just for football- of course they scream game day eats but they can be made for any occasion. Whether you’re craving some food truck style fries or Mexican food this is sure to hit the spot. While fries are typically a side dish, these Asada fries are a meal themselves and there’s enough to feed 2. A sharable dish that doesn’t feel too heavy because we didn’t go crazy on the potatoes but increased the toppings, this way you don’t have to have loads of carbs and calories but still feel good when it’s all gone.
We love making Carne Asada. It’s cost effective and only takes 5 minutes to prepare a head of time. The marinade adds so much fresh vibrant flavors after it’s been sitting for 2 hours and it’s quick to cook because we’re using flank steak which is pretty lean and not too thick. The best part is that it can be used for a multitude of meals, from tacos, nachos, fries, enchiladas, taquitos it’s almost endless. So if you have leftovers, count yourself lucky because you’re in for another great meal the next day.
For the Asada marinade, we combined some olive oil, juice from one orange and two limes, minced garlic, salt and pepper, chopped onion, and fresh cilantro. You can mix that up all together in the same container you’re going to use to refrigerate the meat. Once it’s combined, add the steak, you can even leave it the oranges to sit together with the meat and the marinade. Let that rest together for 2 hours. Leave out the limes to avoid adding too much acidity, lastly try and avoid marinating for more than two hours as the acidity will start to cook the meat which will make it more difficult to get an even cook once it goes on the grill.
Making homemade fries 100% makes this recipe more authentic and fresh tasting. Making some fries in the oven is pretty easy, don’t feel like you need to skip and opt for the frozen fries. The most important part is to cook fries at 450 degrees F. This is how you get those crispy golden fries in roughly 30 minutes. A lower heat will take too long to cook and can give you some fries that are too soft. Because we’re making some smashed potatoes to quick these up and extra notch, we need to boil the baby potatoes until fork tender. This takes around 10 minutes once the water is boiling. Rinse them under cold water until just cooled. This will speed things along time wise. We like to coat a large baking sheet with some cooking spray and spread a few potatoes at a time on the tray. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to press down gently onto the potatoes until they start to break open. Keep doing this until all the potatoes are smashed. Space them out onto the tray making sure they don’t overlap- touching is okay. Drizzle on some oil over each potato and season with salt and pepper. Keep in mind that 1 large baking tray filled with smashed potatoes or regular fries serves enough for 2 people.
The main ingredients for these dirty fries is the grilled carne asada flank steak, cheesy queso, minced white onion, chopped cilantro and thin slices of jalapenos which all get loaded onto the crispy baked smashed baby potatoes. Apart from the steak, the potatoes and the queso, it’s completely optional and easy to customize some extra or different topping. From guacamole, to pico de gallo, sour cream- add on any extra layers you feel would complete the fries to your liking.
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