Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
The pepito is a Venezuelan street food favorite: a beef (or chicken) sandwich, drenched with sauces and condiments. The beef is seasoned with worcestershire sauce (salsa negra) and garlic. The bread is a large soft hoagie-like roll, and the condiments typically include lettuce, tomato, carrots, cabbage, and many sauces, such as guasacaca (an avocado relish, which I have posted a recipe for), BBQ sauce, ketchup, mayo, mustard, etc... The whole thing is topped off with crispy potato sticks. Unfortunately, this site would not allow me to post all of these options in the ingredient list, but please choose from these suggestions! When you buy a pepito from a street vendor, there are usually many sauces to choose from and you can customize your order.
- Cut the beef into 1 inch pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper.
- Heat a heavy skillet with 1-2 tablespoons of oil, and sauté the beef over high heat until just browned. Add the garlic, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes more, or until desired doneness. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Split sandwich rolls lengthwise. Place shredded lettuce and tomato in rolls. Divide beef among the four rolls, placing it on top of the lettuce. Drizzle with guasacaca and any other desired sauce, and top with potato sticks.
We thought this was great even though we did not load it up with lots and lots of toppings.