Carne Asada Sandwich


These Mexican-inspired sandwiches are spread with chipotle mayonnaise, filled with seasoned beef and melted cheese, and topped with avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs
4 sandwiches


  • Chipotle Mayonnaise:

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup diced green onions

  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground chipotle chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon garlic basil spread (see footnote for recipe link)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Filling:

  • 2 pounds beef tri-tip steak, thinly sliced

  • 2 Anaheim chile peppers, diced

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano

  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced (Optional)

  • Assembly:

  • 4 Italian-style hoagie buns, split lengthwise

  • ½ pound sliced Asiago cheese, divided

  • 1 avocado, sliced - divided

  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes, divided

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided


  1. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, 1/2 cup cilantro, green onions, 1 1/2 tablespoon ground chipotle peppers, 1 tablespoon lime juice, garlic basil spread, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate chipotle mayonnaise for at least 1 hour.

  2. Combine beef tri-tip, Anaheim chile peppers, onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, juice of 1 lime, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, smoked paprika, and Mexican oregano in a large bowl; season with salt and black pepper and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate beef mixture for at least 4 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  4. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until onions soften and become golden and beef browns, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in 1 cup chopped cilantro and jalapeno peppers.

  5. Spread each hoagie bun with 2 tablespoons chipotle mayonnaise. Spoon beef mixture into buns and top each sandwich with 2 ounces Asiago cheese.

  6. Place sandwiches on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bread is toasted and warm, about 5 minutes. Divide fresh avocado, cherry tomatoes, and 1/2 cup cilantro over the 4 sandwiches.

Editor's Note:

Here's the recipe for Garlic Basil Spread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

935 Calories
63g Fat
46g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 935
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 63g 81%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 1063mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 63mg 313%
Calcium 361mg 28%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 795mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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