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Healthy Carne Asada Fries

Here’s my healthy version of one of my favorite fast food dishes: Carne Asada Fries, minus the dairy, sodium and deep fried-ness. 🙂 California Burrito is a 24 Hour Mexican Spot by our house. A couple of my friends swear by it but I was always hesitant to go there because I normally don’t trust 24 hour fast food restaurants. LOL. One day my daughter convinced me to try it. As my daughter was opening her container of food, the smell hit me and the fries whispered, “eat me”. Yup, Girl Scouts Honor.

Since then, I like to enjoy a couple of different items on their menu- shrimp tacos, their loaded carne fries and Ohhh- don’t forget the Horchata! I mean this isn’t something you should enjoy often as this is fast food. But at the time, I was also very pregnant and vulnerable to smell of spices, cheese and fry oil. LOL

Their Carne Asada Fries consist of steak, guacamole, sour cream and a big ol’ pile of cheddar cheese. 

How to Make a Healthier Version

I’m using yellow potatoes for this recipe which are roasted in the oven versus using fried and /or french fries. The cut of beef is shaved beef. Traditionally Carne Asada is made with skirt steak or flank. I like to use the shaved beef for this and many other different recipes because it’s already cut thin.

I also use Chili Lime Seasoning from Trader Joe’s and Taco Seasoning from Flavor God. {I’m not affiliated with Flavor God, I just really love their spices!} There is something about this combo- it’s freaking scrumptious!

The flavors marry well and it’s definitely kid friendly because it’s not spicy.

Looking for more recipes to use shaved beef in? Try my Lettuce Wrapped Beef Philly Cheesesteaks or my Beef Bulgogi Bowls.

Bring This to Your Next Game Day!

Bring this to your next Game Day Party so that everyone can enjoy this or use this recipe for your meal prep since it’s healthy. You can use the leftover carne asada meat to add your breakfast the next morning!

Other Delicious Toppings for Healthy Carne Asada Fries

My recipe is dairy free. However there are many other toppings you can add to make these flavors explode such as:

  • Pico De Gallo
  • Sour Cream or Plant Based Sour Cream
  • Fresh Avocado or Guacamole
  • Cheese or a cheese sauce

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Healthy Carne Asada Fries

Here’s a healthy version of one of my favorite fast food dishes: Carne Asada Fries, minus the dairy, sodium and deep fried-ness. 🙂
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 523 kcal


  • sheet pan
  • Large Fry Pan
  • Foil


  • 5-6 Yellow Potatoes medium size, sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil divided
  • 1/2 tsp each Cumin, Kosher Salt, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika
  • 1 pound Shaved Beef
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion sliced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro fresh, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Lime Seasoning Trader Joe's Brand
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning divided, Flavor God Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 Corn on the cob
  • 2 tablespoons Vegan Butter


  • Preheat the oven at 400.
  • Place sliced potatoes a lined sheet pan with foil or parchment paper, toss with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil with the cumin, kosher salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Roast for 22-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • In a large pot filled with water, bring to a boil and gently place the corn inside. Let it boil for 5 min. With tongs, carefully remove the corn and place into a bowl. Brush with butter and season with salt, pepper and about a tbsp of taco seasoning. 
  • Preheat a large pan on low heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  • Add the chopped onion and peppers. Let it cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the shaved beef. Separate and cook for the beef for 5 min. Then add the chili lime and taco seasonings and the garlic powder. Continue to cook for an additional 7-10 min. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro. 
  • Spread the beef on top of the roasted potatoes and serve with the corn. 
  • Enjoy!


Some tips:
The corn can be enjoyed with regular butter. If using vegan, I like to use Earth Balance.
You can cut the corn off the cob and spread it on top of the beef or you can get down and dirty and enjoy it as is.
All of the products are from Trader Joe’s , except the Flavor God Taco Seasoning. However you can substitute for whatever taco seasoning you like.


Calories: 523kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 32gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 237mgPotassium: 1638mgFiber: 8gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 681IUVitamin C: 75mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Gluten Free, Healthy Mexican Food, Shaved Beef, Yukon Potatoes
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