This recipe was inspired by the popular Chilean sandwich, called a churrasco, that features a thin sandwich steak, mashed avocado and a type of salsa called Pebre. We have substituted tender strip steak for sandwich steaks to make a satisfying steak dinner. If you have leftovers, layer the components in a mayonnaise-coated crusty roll and enjoy a churrasco sandwich the following day. Searing a steak on the stovetop and then finishing it in a moderate oven allows for good browning, and the gentle heat helps ensure a tender result.

Patsy Jamieson


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  • To prepare Pebre Sauce: Place onion in a medium bowl, cover with ice water and let soak for 10 to 20 minutes. Drain. Combine the onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno (or serrano), vinegar, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  • To prepare steak: Mix paprika, cumin, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture evenly over both sides of steaks.

  • Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet, such as cast iron, over medium-high. Add the steaks and cook just until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast the steaks 5 to 7 minutes for medium-rare, depending on thickness. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, mash avocados with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

  • Carve the steak into thin slices. Serve with the avocado and Pebre Sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: The Pebre Sauce will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts

342 calories; total fat 22.6g 35% DV; saturated fat 4.4g; cholesterol 61mg 20% DV; sodium 337mg 13% DV; potassium 900mg 25% DV; carbohydrates 12.6g 4% DV; fiber 8g 32% DV; sugar 3g; protein 24.7g 49% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 745IU; vitamin c 19mg; folate 100mcg; calcium 45mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 56mg; thiaminmg.

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Rating: 4 stars
D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!!!!!! I found this recipe here made it and now its one of mine and my husband's favorite recipes. So tasty and delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a refreshing approach to steak the flavors of the pebre sauce and avocado make it bright in your mouth not heavy like steak can be sometimes. I'll make it again still thinking about the perfect side for it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We have salads alot for dinner. I put topped a plain green salad with this recipe and added two choices of dressing - Paul Newman's Light Lime and a homemade Lime Cilantro Buttermilk. To add some energy food and more vitamins I added sauteed corn and red peppers on the the idea from the picture. This was refreshing and liked by my entire family of 7 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I spent a few months in Chile and LOVED the churrasco sandwiches. This is a great alternative without all of the thick white bread and heavy mayo that still captures the flavors of the churrasco. So excited to see this recipe on here! Definitely give it a try! As for sides if I had to guess I would say a Chilean would probably go for rice as a side if they weren't going to have their churrasco on the bun. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great Summertime Recipe This was the very first meal made in my brand-spankin' new kitchen (well it wasn't quite done yet but I was very anxious)- and it became one of our favorite meals. I love to make this on a hot summer day. Keep the oven off and cook this on the bbq outdoors. Amazing and very refreshing. Pros: Easy and fairly quick Cons: none! Read More