Unphiladelphia Cheesesteak

Unphiladelphia Cheesesteak


Philadelphians love their cheesesteaks.  They get quite passionate about whether or not it should have onions, what kind of cheese, roll, etc.  If I asked for this ridiculous concoction at any of the popular Philadelphia cheesesteak places, I’d be crucified.

Imagine making a cheesesteak with an Americanized Asian chili sauce, a Mexican chipotle meat marinade, fried onions and garlic, some classic Philadelphia chipped steak, shredded pepper-jack cheese, and a buttered garlic-bread roll.  Sounds ludicrous?  It is.


  • Butter (for frying the onions and garlic)
  • Garlic (preference, but at least 2 cloves)
  • Garlic powder
  • Onions (again, preference, but probably a quarter)
  • Goya Mojo Chipotle
  • Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce
  • Pepper Jack Cheese (Sargento is recommended) OR
  • Cooper Sharp Cheese

Here’s where not being near Philadelphia might own you:

  • Chip Steak (or THINLY sliced ribeye)
  • A good roll (many around here prefer Amoroso)


Unphiladelphia Cheesesteak

Cubed Chipped Steak

Well, this isn’t exactly rocket surgery.  Chop the garlic and onions.  I generally start by cutting the chipped steak into cubes.  Throw some butter in a decent sized frying pan, and then add your onions and garlic.

While they’re starting off, cut the roll in half, butter it, and sprinkle it down with some garlic powder (or if you really want to be opulent, purée some garlic in melted butter and brush it on the rolls, you artisan).  Chuck it in a toaster oven toast it.  You want to let it JUST start getting golden.

When the garlic and onions start browning, remove them and put them in a bowl.

Unphiladelphia Cheesesteak

Steak Frying

Fry the steak up.  You want to be careful to not overcook it.  It goes pretty fast.  Use a smart utensil so that you can easily separate the slices/cubes of meat.

When it’s almost done, add 2 tablespoons (ish) of Garlic Chili Sauce, and a quarter cup (ish) of Mojo Chipotle (more or less of each depending on how hot you want it vs. how smokey you want it).  Add the onions and garlic back in.  Stir around for a bit to let the flavors have a conversation for a minute or two.

Unphiladephia Cheesesteak

Shredded Pepper-Jack

Add the cheese (shredded pepper jack pictured).  Give it a minute.  Fold it in.

By now the garlic bread should be done.

Unphiladephia Cheesesteak

A delicious mess on a roll

Try to place it as neatly as I did on your garlic bread roll.

Enjoy a spicy Mexican Asian Italian Philly cheesesteak!