Carne asada fries are a crazy good way to amp up your regular ol' French fries. Create a toppings bar so everyone's version is unique.
You know, until recently I wasn’t even aware that Carne Asada Fries were a thing? However, when I started doing some recipe research I realized that they really are! They seem to have generally the same recipe or ingredients although I’m not a huge fan of that...things that are static or fixed.
You see one of my main goals over at My Invisible Crown is to teach my readers (that usually refers to anyone who happens to stumble to my humble little space on the web) how to customize recipes to make them all their own.
I don’t normally try to mess around with the basis of a recipe, like flour or baking soda for example. I’m not a food scientist, and if I tried to play one it would be disastrous! But I think that almost any recipe can be tweaked, prodded, added-to, taken-away-from or flat out changed so that you love your end result.
I know we’ve discussed this before but I just can’t seem to say it enough. It’s that important to me. Here’s an example. I customized this Peach Blackberry Tart last year and it worked wonderfully. Now it’s almost a new challenge for each recipe I find that inspires me. Like “what can I do to make this more ME”.
I’m telling you all this to say that I suggest doing a Build Your Own Carne Asada Fries Bar for you, your family or guests. It’s a thing right now to do a “bar” of sorts. Like a bloody Mary bar or baked potato bar, or in the South you see grits bars - the main food is given out and people mill around and top the base with their favorite items. I know...you know what a bar is, right? Well, what about doing that with Carne Asada Fries?
The basic recipe is French fries, Carne Asada steak (or skirt steak), with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo. That’s it. Don’t you think maybe it would be fun to add gooey cheese or shredded cheese? (I would die without cheese in my life.) I mean at the least some sort of cheese. I would add shredded lettuce. Maybe black beans? Onions I would definitely NOT add, but you might. Jalapeño would be nice, too. Get the picture?
I took one of the easy ways with this and used frozen French fries. I chose curly fries, but use whatever you like. And if you really want to make them your own you could cut fresh potatoes and make your own fries. You could also make this recipe with left over skirt steak from you favorite Mexican joint. Just a suggestion.
So here’s is a list of things I think you should put on your Build Your Own Carne Asada Fries Bar:
- Shredded Cheese
- Melted Cheesy Dip/Sauce
- Shredded Lettuce
- Sliced Jalapeño
- Diced Tomatoes
- Diced Onion
- Black Beans
What would you add to the list?