Carne Asada Fries

  • By: Jack Mancuso

Carne Asada Fries - Cuso Cuts

Do you like fries? How about good beef and ooey-gooey cheese? If you’ve answered yes, try out my Carne Asada Fries made with flank steak, which is a wonderfully flexible cut of meat. 

This popular and delicious dish originated in ​Mexican-American cuisine. They typically comprise a bed of crispy French fries topped with seasoned and grilled slices of carne asada, melted cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and sometimes salsa or Pico de Gällö.

What is Flank Steak?

Flank steak is a popular cut of beef that comes from the abdominal muscles of the cow. It is a flavorful and versatile cut known for its long, flat shape and distinctive grain.

Flank steak is lean and has a rich, beefy flavor. It appears in dishes like fajitas, stir-fries, and grilled steaks. It is important to note that flank steak is a tougher cut of meat, so it benefits from marinating to help tenderize it and enhance its flavor.

Overall, flank steak is a delicious choice for those who enjoy bold flavors and are willing to put in a little extra effort to prepare and cook it properly.

INGREDIENTS: MARINADE

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Marinade the flank steak for one hour
  2. Put it in the smoker, set to 225F, for one hour. 
  3. In the meantime, make your relish.

INGREDIENTS: AVACADO RELISH

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop up your onion, tomato, and jalapeno
  2. Mush it together with the avocados
  3. Add the Cuso’s seasoning
  4. Stir.
  5. Mix in the cilantro slowly while also adding the lime juice.
  6. Set aside.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

While the meat smokes, you can put together your cheese sauce and fries. For the cheese sauce, you need 1 lb. of Oaxaca cheese and 1 can of beer. Mix these together over a low flame until the cheese melts and the beer is well integrated. Keep warm.

Use one potato per person. Peel them and cut them into steak size, putting them into cold water until you fry them. Turn the frier to 300F. Fry the potatoes for 6 minutes. Remove them. Increase the temperature to 400F and cook them for 5 minutes more. If possible, use peanut oil.

Sear the flank steak and chop it into bite-size morsels. 

Take out a plate and put a handful of fries for the foundation. Add some meat, followed by cheese, more meat, and relish. Top with Crema and chipotle salsa. Garnish with cilantro.

Invite hungry guests!

PitMaster’s Memo

The term "carne asada" translates to "grilled meat" in Spanish, and it refers to marinated and grilled steak, usually thinly sliced. Before smoking, the meat marinates in a blend of spices to tenderize it and add flavor.

Carne asada fries are known for their bold and savory flavors, combining the crispy texture of the fries with the tender and flavorful carne asada. They are a popular street food item or you can find them on the menu at many Mexican-American restaurants.

Overall, carne asada fries are a hearty and indulgent dish that is perfect for sharing or enjoying as a flavorful meal on its own. You may not need side dishes at all.

Sides

Avocado fries

Grilled pineapple

Guacamole

Rice with black beans

Vegetable kababs


From the Bar

Aqua Fresca

Iced Tea

Margarita 

Mexican beer

Red Wine

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