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Carne Asada Po’ Boy

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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 4
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The Po’ Boy is a sandwich from Louisiana and its name comes from the phrase “poor boy”. The traditional Po’ Boy is served hot or cold and it’s made with meat, chicken, fish or seafood. If the sandwich is dry, it’s served with mustard and lettuce. If it’s made with meat, it’s served with sauce or gravy. The Carne Asada Po’ Boy in this recipe is a delicious mixture of Mexican and creole flavors. The spices give the carne asada a delicious flavor, so you’ll end up with a mollete-style sandwich.
by Silvia Martinez
Updated Jan 23, 2017
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  • 1 lb. meat for grilling
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun or Creole spices
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can tomatoes with bell peppers
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups refried beans
  • 4 bread rolls


  • 1
    Rub both sides of the meat with the spices.
  • 2
    Heat up a pan, grill or hotplate and place the meat on it. The cooking time will depend on how thick the meat is. If it’s very thin, it will take about 2-3 minutes per side, but if it’s a bit thicker, it will take 3-4 minutes. Make sure you don’t overcook the meat or it will dry out.
  • 3
    While the meat cooks, put the tomatoes in a pot or in a big pan. Add the bay leaf, cover and let it cook over medium-high heat for a minute. Lower the heat to medium-low and let it boil for about 6-7 minutes.
  • 4
    Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • 5
    Heat up the beans.
  • 6
    When the meat is ready, put it on a chopping board and set it aside for 3 minutes. This will allow for the juices to stay inside the meat.
  • 7
    Cut the meat into thin strips and add them to the tomato sauce. Cover and let it cook for 3 more minutes.
  • 8
    Put the rolls in the oven for 3-4 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
  • 9
    Take a roll and cut it in half. Cover the rolls with a layer of beans.
  • 10
    Serve a portion of meat with the sauce. Repeat until you have all 4 rolls ready. You can garnish with cilantro if you want.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    You can use French bread or baguette instead of rolls.
  • tip 2
    If you can’t find Cajun spices, you can prepare them mixing garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, thyme, black pepper, white pepper and cayenne pepper.

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