|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||San Diego, California|
|Associated cuisine||United States|
|Main ingredients||French fries, carne asada, guacamole, sour cream, cheese|
Carne asada fries are a local specialty found on the menus of restaurants primarily in the American Southwest, including San Diego, where it originated. The dish is also served at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium. By 2015, fast food chain Del Taco began to sell the item.
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.
This item is not normally featured on the menu at more traditional Mexican restaurants.
The dish typically consists of french fries, carne asada, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese. 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.
In Los Angeles, the dish may also contain refried beans; The dish is high in calories, with a meal-sized portion containing 2000 calories or more.
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.
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.