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The most OUTRAGEOUS toppings you can get on your Carne Asada fries in San Diego

Lolita’s Taco Shop –Grilled Shrimp
Lolita’s Taco Shop –Grilled Shrimp

When in San Diego… one must try Carne Asada Fries, a cheesy meaty wonder conjured up in America’s Finest City. Are you Canadian and missing your poutine? May we introduce the Southwest’s poutine. Love tacos and French fries more than life? You will never have to choose between the two again with the holy alliance between taco ingredients and French fries that makes up carne asada fries. We love French fries (and who doesn’t?), but add thinly sliced steak, guacamole, cotija cheese, and sour cream and we may just be in potato heaven. But besides the classic ingredients, what else can you get on your carne asada fries in San Diego? Here’s the most outrageous toppings we found for our Carne Asada Fries in San Diego.

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Lolita’s Taco Shop –Grilled Shrimp

7305 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 874-7983

This family owned and operated taco shop is the real deal. It’s been open since 1984 and has served authentic, locally sourced Mexican food for multiple generations over the decades. Besides their authentic recipes and ingredients, Lolita’s uses their own proprietary spices, so expect your taste buds to be activated. But there’s a lot of authentic, family owned restaurants in San Diego. Why do we have Lolita’s Taco Shop listed first in this list? Well, they claim to have invented the dish themselves in the 1990s! So if you’re out looking for carne asada fries in San Diego, Lolita’s is your first stop as the mothership of all carne asada fries. What do we recommend? The Tsunami Fries at Lolita’s Taco Shop live up to their name. The grilled shrimp topping these fries certainly add a giant wave of flavor. In addition to the shrimp, this dish has our typical suspects for carne asada fries toppings in San Diego including carne asada steak, cotija and cheddar cheese, guacamole, and sour cream, so you won’t be disappointed.
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Rigoberto’s Taco Shop – Loaded Potato

7094 Miramar Rd, Suite 119-120, San Diego, California 92121
(858) 271-0170

This taco joint has made-from-scratch ingredients that are always served fresh. Besides their authentic ingredients, they have an awesome green and red salsa bar to top off any one of their dishes. It’s truly San Diego authentic and, naturally, the folks at Rigoberto’s Taco Shop are carne asada fries aficionados. One of their most outrageous carne asada creations? The loaded carne asada fries. Give us a loaded potato but make it Carne Asada Fries. This powerful shredded potato and meat combination has juicy bacon bits, carne asada, pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream. Consider our taste buds loaded.

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Vallarta Express – Fried Egg

Garnet – 1375 Garnet Ave, San Deigo, CA 92109

Mira Mesa – 9313 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126 Tel: 858-566-6761
Genesee – 4277 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117 Tel: 858-569-6945
What’s better than mouth-watering Mexican fare? Mouth-watering Mexican dishes that are available 24 hours, ever day of the week. So you can have carne asada fries in San Diego any time of day or night. Have friends visiting from out of town and they’re flying in late and famished? Vallarta Express. Out late on the weekend and need a pick me up? Vallarta Express. Studying late? Vallarta Express. Watching too much Food Network on a weeknight and need something to satisfy the cravings? Vallarta Express. Besides their allegedly life changing burritos, Vallarta Express in San Diego has some killer carne asada fries. A local favorite? The Christian Fries, which feature a runny fried egg AND bacon. Sign us up.
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Las Panchitas Fresh Mexican Grill – Chicken

3542 Ashford St., San Diego, CA 92111

This small restaurant is tucked away and can be difficult to find, but here at American Eats we’ve found that there seems to be a correlation between the obscurity of the location and the deliciousness of the food. This tucked away restaurant is a perfect destination for authentic Mexican with amazing salsa that punches well above its weight. And while you’re there getting some authentic tacos and salsa, we recommend trying the pollo asado fries! Chicken grilled to perfection with your typical carne asada fries toppings. You can thank us later.
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Colima’s Mexican Food – Nacho Cheese

2302 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
( 619)-297-2715

We may be about to commit culinary blasphemy but hear us out… What’s maybe better than nachos? Carne asada fries with nacho cheese! And according to a local, this may be the only restaurant in San Diego that serves carne asada fries with nacho cheese. Genius, we say. Don’t let the hole in the wall exterior of Colima’s fool you, the inside is colorful and bright and full of mouth-watering smells. Kick back your carne asada with cup of house-made horchata and relax. You are in San Diego, officially dubbed America’s Finest City, afterall, with a giant plate of hot, potato, cheese goodness. What more could you want from this thing we call life?