Carne asada fries

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Carne asada fries
Carne Asada Fries from Lolitas.jpg
Place of origin United States
Region or state San Diego, California
Main ingredients French fries, carne asada, guacamole, sour cream, cheese
Food energy
(per serving)
1129.0[1] kcal
Cookbook: Carne asada fries  Media: Carne asada fries
Carne asada fries

Carne asada fries are a local specialty found on the menus of taquería-like Mexican restaurants primarily in the American Southwest, including San Diego,[2][3] where it originated.[4] This item is not normally featured on the menu at more traditional Mexican restaurants.[4] The dish is served at Petco Park.[5] Beginning in 2015, the dish was also available at Dodgers Stadium.[6]


Lolita's Mexican Food, in San Diego, claims to have originated the dish in the late 1990s, inspired by a suggestion from their tortilla distributor.[7]


The dish typically consists of french fries, carne asada, guacamole, sour cream and cheese.[8] The dish is high in calories, with a meal-sized portion containing 2000 Calories (kcal) or more.[9][10] Typically the fries are of the shoestring variety, but other cuts may be used as well. The carne asada is usually finely chopped to avoid the need for a knife or additional cutting on the part of the consumer. The cheese is commonly Cotija, although many establishments use a less-costly shredded cheese mix which melts with the other ingredients and keeps longer.[11][12]

In Los Angeles, the dish may also contain refried beans;[13] however the dish is rarely found in the Los Angeles area.[14]

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  1. ^ "Carne Asada Fries". recipe. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Grapevine eatery all about peace, love and good burgers". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Gold, Jonathan (November 22, 2007). "My Taco: Frying High". LA Weekly (Village Voice Media). Retrieved June 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Steve Rodriguez (30 June 2009). "Carne Asada Fries: The new American comfort food". San Diego News Network. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2011. Carne Asada Fries are obviously a local favorite — a San Diego area original that is apparently starting to catch on in other parts of the Southwest. This dish is a staple of Mexican fast food joints in the area, but not something you see on the menu of a full-fledged Mexican restaurant. 
  5. ^ Josh Pahigian; Kevin O'Connell (27 March 2012). The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip, 2nd: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 390. ISBN 978-0-7627-8391-5. 
  6. ^ "Dodger Stadium Announces New Food Options: Fried Dodger Dogs, Carne Asada Fries + More". KROQ (Los Angeles). 1 April 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Blumberg, Nick (27 June 2014). "Carne Asada Fries, The Can't-Miss Mexican-American Fast Foo". KJZZ (Phoenix, Arizona). Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Allen Borgen (25 December 2008). "Stop at Picante and say, `Fill 'er up!'". San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
    Maria Desiderata Montana (18 September 2012). Food Lovers' Guide to® San Diego: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-7627-8904-7. 
  9. ^ "Carne Asada Fries". The Daily Plate. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  10. ^ Justin Weisbrod (12 October 2008). "Burritology 101: what lies beneath the tortilla". The Daily Aztec. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Melinda Bardon (25 February 2009). "Tacos and grit". The Vanguard ( Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  12. ^ Allen Borgen (25 December 2008). "Stop at Picante and say, `Fill 'er up!'". The Sun. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  13. ^ Christine Pasalo (January 2013). "Meet Rene Gube". San Diego Magazine. Retrieved 22 December 2012. One thing I miss about San Diego is… carne asada fries. They do it wrong in LA. Either the guacamole is weird or they put a lot of beans in it. They just don’t do it San Diego-style. 
  14. ^ Elliot, Farley (18 March 2013). "10 Best Carne Asada Fries in Los Angeles". LA Weekly. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 

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