Brazilian Grilled Cheesesteak with Jalapeño Chimichurri


Sometimes it’s okay to take comfort in food. For me, there’s nothing more soul satisfying and incredibly, edibley consoling on a tough day than an ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Except, perhaps chowing down a Philly Cheesesteak – I’m sure you’re not surprised to learn this bias towards beef!

What if the two sandwiches could merge into one?  I shared this food fantasy with my dad, who frequently travels to South America, and he told me that this idea sounded similar to a “Bauru,” the unofficial sandwich of Brazil. Imagine roast beef topped with tomatoes and smothered in melted mozzarella and served on a crusty, warm roll, that’s a Bauru! Today, I’m sharing my creative take on this beloved casual lunch – a Brazilian Grilled Cheesesteak with Jalapeño Chimichurri.


Start with very thinly sliced sirloin steak that is stir-fried just long enough to take the pink off. It’s easy to slice beef razor-thin if you set it in the freezer to firm up for 15 minutes – or just use Steak ‘Ums, I won’t tell! Caramelize onion slivers with the crispy beef bits left in the pan and dice up sweet sun-dried tomatoes. Other keys to success include using good quality mozzarella and crusty bakery bread slathered with genuine real butter. I used a Panini press to toast up my sandwich, but this easy beef recipe also works equally well in a skillet.


Jalapeño Chimichurri puts this steak sandwich over the top. Chimichurri is a simple, uncooked sauce made of parsley, olive oil, garlic, vinegar and other ingredients. It’s used in abundance throughout Central and South American cuisine. Not only is it a sauce, but chimichurri is also a dip, a garnish, a condiment, a dressing, and a marinade! My version brings a little Texas attitude by adding jalapeno pepper and cilantro.

Hope you enjoy my interpretation of this south-of-the-equator classic “comfort” sandwiches. These sammies are the perfect quick meal on busy weeknights or during the holidays when guests are still hanging around and you have leftover roast!


Nutrition information per serving: Calories 960; Total fat 60g (Sat. fat 16g; Trans fat 0.5g); Cholest. 190mg; Sodium 1420mg; Total Carb. 58g; Fiber 4g; Total Sugars 5g; Protein 46g; Vit D (0% DV); Calcium (35% DV); Iron (35% DV); Potas. (6%DV)

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