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Milanesa Steak Sandwiches (Torta de Milanesa)

Easy meals that come together fairly quickly! The beef milanesa-style steak is great for breaded milanesa, steak picado, carne asada, carne guisada and more!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 Servings


Habanero Salsa

  • 6 to 8 large habanero peppers stems removed
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste

For Milanesa Steak

  • 1 pound milanesa style beef
  • You favorite steak seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 2 large jalapeños sliced or you can use a larger milder pepper such as 1  poblano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano crushed
  • 2 roma tomatoes sliced into wedges
  • 4 Bolillo rolls or a small baguette enough for 4
  • Avocado sliced
  • Cilantro chopped



  • For salsa, combine the habaneros, carrots and onion in a saucepan. Cover with water and heat to medium. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until carrots are tender. Using a slotted spoons, remove salsa ingredients from water and transfer to the blender. Add the garlic, lime juice, 1/2 cup of cooking liquid and salt to taste. Blend on high until smooth. Set aside.
  • Season the milanesa style steak with steak seasoning of your choice on both sides. Preheat 3 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat for 5 minutes. Sear the milanesa steak for 2 minutes per side. Do not overcrowd the pan or it will just steam.
  • As you cook the steaks, place them in a covered dish to keep warm. Once done with steaks, set aside. In that same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and heat to medium. After a few minutes, add the onions and jalapeños. Season lightly with salt and pepper and continue to cook until they soften and just begin to caramelize. Add the cumin, oregano and tomatoes. Add a little more oil and saute for just a minute or two, remove from pan.
  • Toast the bolillo rolls. While they toast, slice the milanesa steak thin and against the grain. Toss the steak with the sauteed vegetables and tomatoes. Squeeze on the fresh lime juice and toss to combine. Add refried beans, avocado slices milanesa mixture, cilantro and habanero salsa. Yields 4 servings.