This sandwich from Chile features delicious churrasco steak. You can cook the steak in a cast iron skillet and then layer it on a sandwich with avocado, tomatoes, and mayonnaise!
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This sandwich is a popular option in Chile, but Chile is not the only place that you’ll hear the word “churrasco”. In fact, “churrasco” is a popular term in South America, particularly Brazil, for grilled steak.
Typically, churrasco steaks in other South American countries are marinated in red wine vinegar and topped with chimichurri sauce (I have a fantastic Red Chimichurri sauce that would be good smothered all over a churrasco steak or steak sandwich)!
What Type of Meat is Churrasco?
In Latin America, the name “churrasco” essentially refers to any steak that is cut very thin to be eaten. Steak houses serve this dish on skewers, and cut beef off of the ends of the skewers to serve churrasco on your plate (similar to meat being shaven very thin for gyros in Greece!).
The term churrasco normally refers to thin beef, and most of the time, this beef has chimichurri sauce to go with it. In this recipe for a Churrasco steak sandwich, you can add chimichurri if you wish.
I used Sirloin Tip Steak as my cut of choice from churrasco, but you can use anything cut finely. Another popular choice is skirt steak.
Toppings for Churrasco Steak Sandwich
All of the recipes I could find online for churrasco steak sandwiches from Chili were a bit different from the other churrasco recipes. None of them were marinated or had many seasonings at all. And none (that I found at least) were topped with chimichurri either!
Instead, the internet tells me that churrasco steak sandwiches normally come topped with avocado and tomato. If you want, you can add mayonnaise as well!
If you’d like to top your steak with chimichurri, it sounds delicious to me! Use this recipe for Chimichurri from Argentina.
How to Prepare Churrasco Steak
To make this dish, you will be cooking the steak “a la plancha” (instructions below) with a hot cast iron skillet.
In Uruguay or Argentina or Chile, the cut of beef cooks over hot coals. It can also cook on a hot skillet like we plan to do today.
How to Cook my Steak A La Plancha
This recipe calls for cooking your steak “a la plancha”. Cooking a sirloin tip steak “a la plancha” gives it a crispy outside and a yummy inside! I used a cast iron skillet to cook my steaks.
First, take your steaks out of the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature. Sprinkle them with salt, pepper and garlic.
Use a cast iron skillet for this recipe. Put the cast iron skillet on the stove and bring to a very high heat. Your skillet should almost be smoking with the heat.
Before you put any steak on the skillet, sprinkle the skillet with a ½ tsp of salt and allow the salt to heat up.
When you put the steak in the pan, this salt combined with the heat will create a beautiful crust on the steak that keeps the interior juicy. With such thin steaks, you need only cook them for about 30 seconds-1 minute on each side depending on desired doneness.
What Ingredients Do I Need for This Churrasco Steak Sandwich?
Sirloin Tip Steak
Mayonnaise, if desired
Chimichurri, if desired
If you liked this recipe for Churrasco Steak Sandwiches, also make sure to check out the other recipes I have on my website!:
Churrasco Steak Sandwich
- 1 lb tip sirloin steak
- 4 buns
- avocado, for topping
- 2 tomatoes, for topping
- mayonnaise, if desired
- chimichurri , if desired
- salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- fresh chopped garlic, to taste
- Remove your steak from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic.
- Allow a cast iron skillet to come to a very high heat on your stove. The heat should be so high it's almost smoking. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Add your steak into the cast iron skillet and cook for about 30 seconds to a minute on each side, depending on desired doneness.
- Remove steak from pan and layer on a bun. Top with tomatoes, avocado, and mayonnaise or chimchurri if desired. Enjoy!