When I first found out I could no longer eat gluten, it sorta-kinda felt like my world was ending. I know that is melodramatic… I really, really do. But it is the truth. After the news settled and I began to wrap my mind around all of the things I loved to eat and still could, embraced the challenges of learning to bake gluten-free, and generally just got right in my head, I realized that a Celiac diagnosis was really just an open invitation to eat more fruit and vegetables, and… more meat!
I have always, always loved a good steak… if I am given my choice of meal for a special occasion, or a random Thursday night, it will likely involve steak. Throw in some potatoes, or in this case, sweet potatoes, and we have a match made in carnivore heaven. You could totally make this with regular potatoes, no judgement here, but sweet potatoes are MY FAVORITE! I am a smidge lazy sometimes (read: if I am going to spend lots of extra time in the kitchen it’s either going to be a weekend -OR- on a baking endeavor) and have pretty much fall head-over-heels in love with Alexia’s Sweet Potato Fries. Sure, I am capable of making my own sweet potato fries… but when it’s Monday and I worked all day and toted the kids to dance, sometimes I just want to preheat the oven, cut open a bag, and throw some fries on a baking sheet. It’s glorious.
It’s even more glorious when you have slow-cooked, flavorful, tender carne asada to go atop your super simple sweet potato fries. Flank steak + onions, peppers, & garlic + spices + citrus + 6 hours in the slow cooker = melt-in-your-mouth carne asada that you will undoubtedly burn your mouth sampling as soon as it’s shredded. On top of sweet potato fries sprinkled with coarse pink Himalayan sea salt. Topped off with fresh guacamole, salsa, and pickled jalapenos- what’s not to love here, for real?
I can’t lie, friends, this almost doesn’t feel like cooking. It feels a little like I cheated, but I 157% do not care and will proudly make this meal many, many times in the future. To recap, we spend 10 minutes chopping veggies and layering items in a slow cooker and then another 2 minutes preheating the oven and spreading sweet potato fries onto a baking sheet. The most time-consuming part is probably preparing the guacamole- because avocados. Hell. Yes. This was a weeknight win a big way.
I feel pretty confident you’re going to love it, too.
Loaded Carne Asada Sweet Potato Fries
Loaded Carne Asada Sweet Potato Fries (Adapted from PaleOMG)
1 1/2 – 2 lbs flank steak
1 sweet yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper (yellow or orange is fine), diced
6 cloves of garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
Juice of 1 Cara Cara orange
Juice of 2 limes
1/4 to 1/2 C unsalted beef stock
Sweet Potato Fries
1 bag of frozen sweet potato fries (I love Alexia’s)
2 ripe avocadoes, pitted and scooped
¼ tsp each cumin and garlic powder
Juice of ½ lime
Salt, to taste
Additional Toppings (optional but highly recommended)
Shredded cheese (if you’re not dairy-free), cheddar or pepper jack both are great here
- Place diced onions and peppers in the bottom of your slow cooker. Layer flank steak on top of it, then add pressed garlic and spices. Squeeze orange and lime juice directly on top of seasonings, then add just enough beef stock to cover the bottom of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
- Prepare frozen sweet potato fries according to package instructions.
- While your sweet potato fries cook in the oven, prepare your guacamole. Mash all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Shred carne asada and return to slow cooker to keep warm.
- When your fries are ready, build your masterpiece. Sweet potato fries –> carne asada –> fresh guac –> salsa, jalapenos, cheese, and anything else your heart desires.
- Enjoy, then spend all morning the next day dreaming about lunch so you can have the leftovers…. 🙂
I promise you- add all of these ingredients to your shopping list NOW because you need these fries in your life. Your tired weeknight self will thank you… repeatedly. Looking back, I see I was so excited to eat this deliciousness that I basically took two of the same picture… ha! Oh well, it only proves my point that much more. Boom, baby. 🙂