Brazilian-style Cheesesteak


Brazilian-style Cheesesteak

Picanha Cheesesteak: A Brazilian Twist on a Classic American Dish

In Brazilian cuisine, we love to add our own unique flavors to dishes from around the world. This Brazilian-style Cheesesteak takes the classic American sandwich and infuses it with the rich and savory flavors of Brazil. Get ready to experience the perfect combination of tender beef, melted cheese, and a touch of Brazilian flair.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

15 minutes

35 minutes

4 servings


Omnivore, Low-carb, High-protein, Gluten-free (if served without bread), Keto-friendly (if served without bread)

Dairy, Gluten

Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Paleo, Nut-free


While the original American Cheesesteak typically uses thinly sliced beef and is served on a hoagie roll, this Brazilian adaptation features juicy picanha steak, a popular cut in Brazil known for its tenderness and flavor. Additionally, we'll be adding some traditional Brazilian seasonings and spices to enhance the taste and give it a distinct Brazilian twist. We alse have the original recipe for Cheesesteak, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 450 kcal / 1880 KJ
  • Fat: 25g (12g saturated)
  • Carbohydrates: 20g (4g sugars)
  • Protein: 38g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. 2.
    Add the sliced onions and bell peppers to the skillet and sauté until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. 3.
    Push the vegetables to one side of the skillet and add the minced garlic to the other side. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. 4.
    Season the sliced picanha steak with cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Add the seasoned steak to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. 5.
    Place a slice of provolone cheese on top of each portion of cooked steak and allow it to melt.
  6. 6.
    Toast the sliced baguettes until lightly crispy.
  7. 7.
    Divide the steak and melted cheese mixture evenly among the toasted baguettes.
  8. 8.
    Serve hot and enjoy your Brazilian-style Cheesesteak!

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Picanha steak — Make sure to slice the steak thinly against the grain to ensure tenderness.
  • Bell peppers — Choose vibrant and firm bell peppers for the best flavor and texture.
  • Provolone cheese — Opt for a high-quality provolone cheese that melts easily for a gooey and delicious topping.
  • Baguettes — Look for fresh and crusty baguettes to hold the flavorful steak and cheese filling.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra kick of flavor, add a few drops of hot sauce or sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes on top of the melted cheese.
  • If you prefer a milder taste, you can substitute provolone cheese with mozzarella or a cheese of your choice.
  • Serve the Cheesesteak with a side of Brazilian-style potato wedges or yuca fries for a complete meal.
  • Feel free to customize your Cheesesteak by adding other toppings such as sautéed mushrooms or pickled jalapeños.
  • To make it even more Brazilian, serve the Cheesesteak with a side of chimichurri sauce for dipping.

Serving advice

Serve the Brazilian-style Cheesesteak hot, straight from the skillet, with a side of potato wedges or yuca fries. It pairs perfectly with a refreshing Brazilian caipirinha cocktail or a cold Guarana soda.

Presentation advice

To present the Cheesesteak, place the open baguettes on a wooden board or a serving platter. Arrange the steak and melted cheese mixture evenly on each baguette, allowing the cheese to ooze over the sides. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro for a pop of color.