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Cheesy Beef Steak Hoagies with a Kick

Delicious grilled seasoned thin sliced beef piled high on top of a toasted buttered hoagie bread with grilled onions, tri-colored peppers, jalapenos and drizzled with a thick and dreamy chili con queso cheese sauce.Cheesy Beefsteak Hoagies_IMG_4218

I never said this was a low-calorie dish. I never said this one was made for a diabetic diet but this one was sure a winner with the my teenagers whilst they were studying for mid-term exams. There is just something that happens when kids/teenagers/college students need to cram for tests. They are miserable. They mope around the house just like they lost a new puppy. They are irritable, short-tempered and they lack discipline and this is just the parents... Just kidding...

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I wanted something fast and delicious so they could have a quick and delicious fuel that would leave them satisfied and happy so that they could get back to revising for exams.

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My eldest son is the one who was requesting this dish and you know how I aim to please. This was a two-day  and eight store wild goose chase hunt in Hong Kong to find the supplies needed to make these Cheesy Beef Steak Sandwiches with a Kick. I know that in the US that I could probably find everything I need to make these delicious sandwiches right at the local gas station, but in Asia, it is difficult feat.

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Finally with all the ingredients in hand, I realized that I forgot to purchase the provolone cheese... and there was no way that I was going back out there to get it. Plan B, use what you have on hand. Deep within the bottom cupboard was what I was saving for a special day was a little prepared chili con queso cheese dip in a jar. This was going to be that very special day and it was not going on some plain corn chips, no sir ee, it was going on our Cheesy Beefsteak Sandwiches. Oh yeah!

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That whole concept had me thinking, if we were going spicy why not add some grilled jalapeno too. My boys like their food hot and spicy however, if you are like me, then just leave off the jalapeno and use some provolone instead of the cheesy chili con queso dip and this is just grand.

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This whole dish from start to finish, including the boys inhaling it and minus the photography, was about 20 minutes. You have to love that and on a busy work week or an action packed weekend this is a great meal that is sure to please.

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If you live on a deserted island or in Asia like me, here are some alternatives and helpful hints...

1) Find soft white bread/rolls. There is something special about sinking your teeth into those soft hoagie buns that makes this sandwich perfect. I would not suggest French baguettes as these are too tough to sink your teeth into. Do not buy those disgusting sweet milk breads at the pastry shops here in Asia, this is not a a dessert, it is a main course. Try to find yourself a store that sells some Western breads or at last resort try hot dog buns. The hoagie buns I found in the market even had mozzarella cheese inside or of course you could bake your own.

Do you know the history behind the Philadephia cheese steak sandwich? Two Italian immigrants, Harry Olivieri and Pat Olivieri sold hot dogs and sandwiches in Philadelphia. One of the brothers was sick of eating hotdogs every day and sent his other brother to the store to get some beef and he fried it up with some onions and put it on a hot dog bun. Their store had a drive through window and a taxi driver smelled the delicious smell from the Olivieri's sandwich and asked for his steak sandwich instead. The taxi driver took one bite and told the Olivieri brothers that you should stop selling these hot dogs and start selling beefsteak sandwiches instead. That is exactly what they did. So there you have it, using a hotdog bun as alternative to hoagie bread is a grand idea.

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2) Use deli thin sliced beef, if that is available to you. If not, plan B is to fry up a steak and cut ultra thin. I had to go to 4 stores to find deli sliced beef here in Hong Kong. Beef is super expensive here in Hong Kong but you can estimate about 1/8-1/4 a pound of beef per super large hoagie sandwich. Peppers and onions are much cheaper so fill your sandwich with lots of veggies.

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3) Season your beef and your veggies with a delicious steak seasoning and fry it up in a little olive oil. Do you think that the Italian Olivieri brothers were using canola oil? Coconut oil? or sunflower seed oil? My goodness, no!  These boys were from Italy.

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4) Use your cheese of choice. Provolone is traditional but be realistic, use what you have on hand. I think if I was using provolone I would want to take the extra step of putting my sandwiches open- faced in the oven to broil for just a moment to make the cheese melty and delicious.  Cheez whiz made a big hit in the 1960's along with TV dinners but I know many people won't touch velveeta with a ten foot pole. In desperation, I used a con queso cheese sauce. The boys loved the soft and spreadable cheese as it really is delicious.  You can make your own homemade con queso sauce without the dreaded velvetta.

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5) Butter and grill your bread before piling on the toppings.  There is just something magical about biting into the soft dough and then hearing the little crunch at the end before you hit the mounds of delicious beef, piled high vegetables and dripping cheese.

6) Bring lots of napkins to the table as these are delicious sandwiches but super messy, especially with boys.



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Cheesy Beef Steak Hoagies with a Kick

By HWC Magazine  , ,

March 31, 2014

Delicious grilled seasoned thin sliced beef piled high on top of a toasted buttered hoagie bread with grilled onions, tri-colored peppers, jalapenos and drizzled with a thick and creamy  chili con queso cheese sauce.

  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


olive oil - 2 tablespoons

onion - 1 large onion (about 3/4 cup half moon slices)

red bell pepper - 1 cut into thin slices and seeds and core removed

yellow bell pepper - 1 cut into thin slices and seeds and core removed

green bell pepper - 1 cut into thin slices and seeds and core removed

steak seasoning - 2 teaspoons or to taste (1 for veggies and 1 for beef)

jalapeno - optional sliced

beef - 1 pound chipped beef (I found an Italian brand at the deli but can also get a beef lunchmeat in the packages or just fry yourself up a steak and cut it up super thin)

chili con queso cheese sauce - 1 cup (melted and hot) (You can exchange with provolone slices or whatever cheese you like

hoagie bread - 4 large soft hoagie buns cut in half lengthwise

butter - 1 tablespoon (To butter the hoagies)


1Preheat your pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil and fry up the onions, red, yellow and green bell peppers. Add a dash of steak seasoning and stir fry until fork tender and onions are golden about 4-6 minutes.  I used my iron skillet and it really made my veggies nice. Remove veggies from pan and keep warm. I fried the jalapenos up in a separate pan just until fork tender as I did not want my version spicy. (FYI ventilate your room if frying up jalapenos, you can thank me later for the advice)

2Add another tablespoon of olive in your iron skillet or pan and add beef and 1 teaspoon of steak seasoning or to taste and fry up beef until it is no longer pink and the edges are slightly brown. While your beef is cooking, butter your hoagie breads and put on the grill pan or griddle butter side down until nice and toasty brown. In a separate little saucepan or in the microwave heat up your con queso cheese sauce until very warm but not boiling. Turn off all burners.

3Assemble your Cheesy Beef Steak Hoagies with a Kick. Lie your hoagie breads with the bottom down and butter side up and pile high a mound of beef. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of con queso cheese sauce on top. Mound on top of the con queso sauce the cooked tri-colored peppers, onions and jalapenos on top. Finally add a drizzle more of the con queso cheese sauce and then the top of the bun.

4Enjoy your Cheesy Beef Steak Hoagies with a Kick  hot off the grill with some sliced fresh veggies or chips on the side and plenty of napkins.

  • What a great looking hoagie! My son would devour this. You made it just the way he like it too, with plenty of jalapeños!! Photos are mouthwatering, Bam 🙂

  • What a perfect sandwich for making it through the exams (for both kids and parents!)…making me hungry for lunch although I’m just eating breakfast!

  • My husband would go nuts for this, great sandwich!

  • This is unfair… your sandwich is outstanding (I know, call it sandwich is an oversimplification) and for this kind of stuff I don’t care about calories!

  • That photo of the sauce just dripping onto the burger patty killed me, it looks so incredibly rich and delicious 😀
    The colours, the bun fluffiness, the beautiful patty – everything!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Definitely my type of food!

  • Robyn

    MMMMmmm, I would devour this along with your boys! Sometimes you have to say to heck with the calories and just go for it, lol. I love this, BAM, and your photos are beautiful!

  • This just looks gorgeous and very mouthwatering!

  • This sandwich looks too good for words–I could go for one right now! 🙂

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I think I ate every single bite while I read this post. 🙂 How delicious these sandwiches look. Good luck on the exams, boys!

  • I want this for lunch today! 🙂 YUMMMM!!!!!!!

  • kitchenriffs

    Jalapenos for me, please! I do like it spicy. I haven’t had a cheese steak hoagie in ages. Now you’ve got me hungry for one, and I’m not even studying for exams! 😉 Fun story abut the way the dish originated. I’ve had these at the source (both at Pat’s and Geno’s — they’re a very short walk from each other in Philly, so you can do a taste test), and yours looks as good as theirs. Really nice — thanks.

  • Your family eats so well, Bam! When I decide on making sandwiches, it usually means that I’m lazy and I don’t make elaborate sandwich like this! Poor kids, they don’t know sandwich can be THIS good! LOL. I love this – and the cheese! WOW…

  • Joanna

    My mouth started watering when I saw this. Unfortunately I won’t be making it for myself…I’m trying to lose weight and get healthy. 🙂 It looks yummy, though! 😉 xo

  • You definitely nailed it with this sandwich- Sounds like the stuff of every college kid’s dreams, and since my dad’s tastes haven’t matured much beyond that stage, I can imagine him absolutely loving this one, too. 😉

  • I am drooling, this is comfort food at it’s finest!!!

  • true love if you did all that running around! But they look worth every bite. Thanks for the history behind this 🙂

  • I have only one thing to say, my mouth waters right now!

  • hotlyspiced

    I saw this on instagram and drooled. This looks amazing, Bam and I would say definitely worth every effort to source those ingredients across Asia. I would love to try one of these. Your kids will never leave home! xx

  • Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Now this is a sandwich any one of us would love to have for lunch or dinner. A good sandwich is totally underrated!

  • I had not heard that story behind the Philadephia cheese steak sandwich before – thanks for sharing that one and thanks for sharing this recipe – I love extra spicy food too!

  • I love the idea of the ‘kick’. Though, it looks huge. Enough for 2?

  • My mouth watered when I saw these on Instagram! Yum! And I like the idea of adding LOTS of jalapenos 🙂

  • My boys would LOVE these!!! So sorry it was such a challenge to find all the ingredients, but I have a feeling your family was thrilled. Mine would be, too!

  • Aw, I was so hoping you’d have a recipe for queso (I misread your sentence about it being in a jar) and I scrolled down and didn’t find it. Not that that detracts from the sandwich (hoagie? That’s a cool word!) which looks… like – whoa, seriously good!…Definitely not something for you if you’re watching the pounds but if you’re not… man alive does that thing look juicy and satisfying!

  • This looks delicious! I am sure my husband and daughter would love it.. will try with some other meat, though!

  • YUM! This sandwich looks fabulous, exploding with flavors…cheesy, spicy and meaty…everything I want in a sandwich.
    Have a great week Bobbi 😀

  • OMG!
    Looks amazing!! Want!

  • Buongiorno, BAM! This is no sandwich. It’s a sammich! Had I been there, Like any good sammich, it contains many vibrant colors, making it all that much more appealing. I would have inhaled one just as quickly as your sons. There would plenty of time for chit-chat once my plate was cleaned. First things first, after all. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • That is a good looking sandwich…I especially like that it does have a spicy kick to it.

  • Wow, I think only teenage boys could get their mouths around that sandwich but I think I’d give it a try. I think one of those would last me a week but it sure does look good. The grilled vegetables & cheese are what turns this into a meal instead of just another sandwich.

  • Pam

    These are seriously drool worthy sandwiches! YUM!

  • Wow – looks delish! 🙂

  • Tiffany

    omg i have my finals in 2 hours, and i wish i was living at home and eating such good food

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you for stopping by Tiffany and it was because of your lovely comment that I realized my recipe was featured on Food Porn Daily. I am wishing you the best of luck on your finals. If I could, I would send a Cheesy Beef Steak Hoagie with a kick from Hong Kong your way by speed post! Take Care, BAM

  • This is really delicious! My husband loved it.

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