Carne Asada Fries and our first "Dinner with Jon"

Thursday, April 6th

Welcome. Thanks for coming to check out our first Dinner with Jon recipe.

When Scott and Robin challenged me to create a blog that showcased the meals that I was showing them pictures of on my smarty phone, I was immediately interested. You see, I have always loved sharing good food with folks in my life. Over the years, I have honed the craft of using simple ingredients to make the most tasty and filling food. In coming posts, I’ll share my recipes for simple 2 dressings, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. For your convenience, all of the ingredients will be available at Aldrich’s Market.

Without further ado, our first recipe –

Carne Asada Fries

Crowd pleasing, fill yer belly grub. Easily halved for less people. Feeds four. Well!

This dish has a poutine like feel that combines Latin American style meat preparation with the smoky spice of Hungarian potatoes.

Preparation time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy-ish
Preheat oven to 450, cook fries for 30-35 minutes.

Ingredient List

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 pound of flank steak
  • 1.5 cups Tillamook
  • shredded cheese mix
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Oregano
  • Orange Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 2 avocadoes
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh garlic
  • sour cream


  1. Place the flank steak in a casserole dish or similar dish that can hold liquid.
  2. Coat the meat with:
    2 tsp salt
    1 tsp pepper
    1 tsp oregano
    2 tsp chili powder
    4 cloves of garlic (minced)
    2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  3. Then, add:
    1 cup orange juice
    1/2 cup lime juice

Marinate for 20 min. 


Once the meat is in the marinade and the oven is preheated, you could get ahead by prepping!

  1. Dice the tomatoes, chop the green onions, make and refrigerate the guacamole (just mashed avocados).
  2. Once 10 minutes has gone by, place the potatoes in the oven.
  3. In the remaining 10 minutes, do some dishes!

After the meat is finished marinating…

  1. Heat a 12” cast iron skillet up to medium high heat.The goal here is to char the carne asada a little bit while cooking it through. This cooking method produces quite a bit of steam and happens pretty quickly. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the flank steak. In general, though, by the time the steak is finished cooking and ready to rest for 10 minutes, the fries should be ready for their first check.

    **Once cooked, let the steak rest!**

  2. Dice the rested steak. Lay the fries down in an oven safe dish, pile on the cheese, add the steak and broil to perfection.

    **Always watch a broiler!**

  3. Garnish with loads of sour cream and guacamole, tomatoes and green onions.