Mexican – Style Beef Sandwiches
Why this recipe works: these sandwiches are a bit like a burrito. Except that the “wrappers” are hollowed – out rolls instead of a tortilla. We grill a flank steak, slice it thin, then cut the slices into smaller bite – size pieces. Then we assemble the sandwiches – throwing on refried beans, sliced avocado, cheese, lettuce, and a spicey mayonnaise with chipotle chiles and lime juice – before returning them to the grill to give them a quick warm through. We place the sandwiches on a baking sheet for two reasons: first, it makes the sandwiches easy to transport to and from the grill, and second, it allows them to warm through without burning the bread. Be sure to keep the lid down on your grill during this time – the sandwiches need an “oven” effect to warm through in a timely fashion.
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle chiles
1 tablespoon lime juice salt and pepper
1 pound flank steak
4 bulkie rolls, halved
½ Cup canned refried beans
1 avocado, pitted and sliced thin
½ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
- whisk mayonnaise, chiles, and lime juice in small bowl until smooth. Season with salt and pepper
- season steak with salt and pepper. Grill steak over hot fire until chard on both sides, and meat registers 130 to 135 degrees, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer steak to cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest 5 minutes. Scoop out most of soft bread from top and bottom of buns. Grill bread, cut side down, until lightly charred, about 2 minutes.
- Slice beef thin against grain and cut slices into small bite – size pieces. Divide beef into 4 equal size portions. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans on bottom half of each bun and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise mixture on top halves. Place beef slices on top of refried beans, followed by sliced avocado, cheese, and shredded lettuce. Replace tops of buns and gently press. Transfer sandwiches to baking sheet and place baking sheet directly on grill. Cover grill and heat sandwiches through, about 2 minutes. Serve
Easy Maxican Sandwiches
Spread refried beans on the bottom half of each bun and the mayonnaise mixture on the top half. Place the beef slices evenly on top of the beans, followed by the sliced avocado, cheese, and lettuce. Replace the tops of the buns and gently press. Transfer the sandwiches to a baking sheet and place baking sheet directly on the grill.