This sandwich was SO TASTY!!! I love carne asada tacos and we eat them often but I wanted to try making my carne asada tacos into a sandwich. I used all the same components but instead of corn tortillas, I used ciabatta rolls. The flank steak was so delicious and tender, the onion and cilantro relish had a tangy lime flavor, the avocado slices were nice and creamy, the roasted salsa had just the right bit of heat, the cotija cheese was perfectly salty, and the ciabatta rolls were soft and delicious – the combination was awesome. I will be making these babies again really soon!
Side note: Since I already have the recipes for the carne asada (flank steak & marinade), onion cilantro relish, and roasted tomato salsa here on the blog, I am just providing links to them instead of re-typing them. Click on the links to get the recipes.
Carne Asada Sandwich:
- 4 ciabatta rolls, sliced in half
- Carne Asada, sliced into thin slices after resting
- Onion and cilantro relish
- Roasted tomato salsa
- Avocado slices
- Cotija cheese, grated
How to Make a Carne Asada Sandwich
Prepare the marinade for the carne asada. Let the meat marinate for 6-24 hours (the longer the better).
Prepare the onion and cilantro relish a few hours before cooking the flank steak. Instead of dicing the onions, thinly slice them.
Prepare the roasted tomato salsa a few hours before cooking the flank steak.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the flank steak over medium-high heat in a grill pan coated in cooking spray for 3-4 minutes per side or until your desired degree of doneness. Let the meat rest on a cutting board for at least 5 minutes before thinly slicing it against the grain. Pour the remaining marinade into the grill pan and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Add the thin slices of flank steak to the marinade then remove the pan from the heat.
Place the ciabatta rolls in the oven to toast for a few minutes. Layer the toasted ciabatta rolls with the flank steak (and a little of the sauce), sprinkle some cotija cheese on the meat, add the cilantro and lime relish, then next add the avocado slices, finally spread some of the salsa onto the top bun and place on top of the sandwich. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net