Saturday, November 28, 2009

Picante Roast Beef Sandwiches

This is one of those meals where you don't need to know anything about cooking to make this. It's foolproof, I promise. It's also cheap to make, has less than 10 ingredients, isn't bad for you and will be done in less than 30 minutes. That all adds up to a great weeknight meal, don't you think?

My notes: I do everything the recipe says but add cilantro. I just wish I could go to the grocery store and only get like 2-3 sprigs of cilantro instead of a whole bunch. I just don't need or want that much cilantro and I hate wasting the money. So, add it if you want but you won't necessarily miss the flavor if you don't add it. Enjoy!

Picante Roast Beef Sandwiches (from

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced onions
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces sliced roast beef, sliced into strips
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (4-ounce) can minced green chiles
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Salt and ground black pepper
4 sandwich rolls, sliced in 1/2

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute 3 minutes, until soft. Add roast beef slices and saute 3 to 5 minutes, until browned on all sides, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes, jalapenos, lime juice, and cumin and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes, to heat through and reduce slightly.
Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Spoon onto sliced rolls with plenty of sauce and serve.


  1. Sounds good Jenn - I will try this one for sure.
    Tip: If you don't want to waste money buying a whole pack of cilantro ge the paste. At Publix right next to the herbs they sell tubes of pressed, pasted herbs - they are done fresh and not too many things are added to them. You can refrigerate the left overs as it will last you a long time. Then whenever you need some Cilantro you always have it. They are like $3-4 and a little goes along way!~

  2. brilliant becki! thanks for the tip!!