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Carne Asada Fries are loaded with diced carne asada, cashew queso, and smashed avocado. An easy and delicious Mexican twist on loaded fries.
You’ll find variations of carne asada fries, some with pico de gallo and sour cream, but I wanted to keep this version dairy-free and kid-friendly for my family.
This recipe comes together easily with Grown In Idaho Hand Cut Style Fries. I’m excited to be partnering with them on this recipe because their fries are fresh-cut from 100% real Idaho® Potatoes. Learn more about Grown In Idaho Potato Products Here.
What You’ll Need: Grown In Idaho Hand Cut Style Fries, Diced Steak, Cashew Queso (cashews, green chilis, nutritional yeast), 2 Avocados, and fresh lime juice.
Grown In Idaho Hand Cut Style Fries– I purchased them from my local Fry’s Grocery Store, in the freezer section. You can place your grocery order through the Fry’s App, or online at FrysFood.com. If I’m shopping in-store, I like to make my grocery list on the app to see where items are located in-store.
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How to Make Carne Asada Fries
The best fries start with the best potatoes. Bake the Grown In Idaho Hand Cut Style Fries on a large sheet pan in a 425°F oven for 30-35 minutes, turning them halfway through.
The fries turn out crispy and golden on the outside and tender on the inside, making them the perfect base for carne asada.
Carne Asada Recipe
I’m using my Easy Carne Asada Recipe for these fries. You can either buy pre-diced steak or dice it yourself. Then just add a little oil and season with salt and pepper.
I recommend cooking the carne asada in a cast-iron skillet for more flavor and crispiness. If the steak has too much liquid, remove some from the pan and continue cooking until all the liquid is gone and you’re left with crispy pieces of steak.
Cashew Queso Recipe
This Cashew Queso Recipe is a great dairy-free option, but even cheese-lovers will enjoy it. It’s just 3 ingredients and everything gets blended together.
Add cashews, hot water, green chilis, and nutritional yeast to the blender. If you are using unsalted or raw cashews, then add a little bit of salt for flavor.
To thicken the queso, add it to a small skillet over medium-low heat and stir constantly for a few minutes until it thickens. The queso will thicken more as it cools. I recommend making this after the fries and steak are cooked.
Last, we’re topping the Carne Asada Fries with some smashed avocado, because my kids love just a simple guac.
Take 2 ripe avocados and smash with a fork. Squeeze half a lime and add salt. Taste and adjust as needed. Easy, right?!
Assembling the Carne Asada Fries
Once the carne asada was cooked, I removed the steak from the cast iron skillet and left the bits in the pan (aka flavor). Then I added the baked fries to that skillet.
Top the fries with the carne asada, pour on the cashew queso, and dollop the smashed avocado on top.
You can garnish with some cilantro, finely diced onions, or jalapenos for spice.
Carne Asada Fries are best enjoyed right away. Trust me it’ll be hard to keep your family waiting, mine couldn’t wait to dig in!
This made 4 servings. If you need smaller servings then halve the recipe and only cook half of the bag of fries.
Carne Asada Fries with Cashew Queso
- 1 bag Grown In Idaho Hand Cut Style Fries, 28oz
- 1 lb Diced Steak
- 1 Tbsp Oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- ½ Cup Cashews Raw or Roasted, add a pinch of salt if using unsalted cashews.
- 1 Cup Hot Water
- 4 oz Green Chilis
- 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 2 Ripe Avocados Smashed
- ½ Lime Squeezed
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Place the entire bag of Grown In Idaho Hand Cut Fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread out an even layer and bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Carne Asada- Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, salt, and pepper to diced steak. Cook steak in the skillet. If there is too much liquid, remove some of the liquid from the skillet and continue cooking steak until liquid evaporates and steak has a nice crust. Remove steak from skillet and leave pan drippings inside.
- Cashew Queso- Place cashews, hot water, green chilis, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt into a blender. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds. The mixture will be thin. Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat and add blended mixture. Stir constantly for a few minutes until queso thickens. Cashew queso will thicken as it cools, so it's best to make right before serving the fries.
- Smashed Avocado- Smash 2 avocados together, add lime and salt.
- Once fries are cooked and crispy, add to the skillet where the carne asada was cooked in. Top with the steak, cashew queso, and smashed avocado. Optional garnish of cilantro, finely diced onion, or jalapeno for spice.
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