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Pepper Jack Steak Sandwiches

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Pepper Jack Steak Sandwiches are AMAZING! A buttery toasted sub roll filled with loads of tender chunks of seasoned cube steak, grilled onions, layers of pepper jack cheese, and a healthy dose of Cotija cilantro sauce! It’s a savory, mouth-watering meal in a bun! 

A big hearty steak sandwich is an excellent dinner alternative! Which is why when my good friend told me about the “Marlboro Man” sandwiches the Pioneer Woman makes from cube steak that her “men folk” love… I had to check it out!

pepper jack steak sandwiches

I couldn’t believe how simple these Steak Sandwiches are to make. I tried the P.W. original version…and it’s good. Really good. However, I knew I could make it better. I don’t say that gloating…even she admits that you can add things to her original version to make it better. Like mushrooms or peppers! I took a different path. 

Pepper Jack Steak Sandwich

My second go-around…I decided to add LOTS of pepper jack cheese and a healthy dose of Lighthouse Cotija Cilantro dressing as a sauce. Oh! My! Gosh! A masterpiece of flavor perfection!

It all begins with the Cube steak.

Cube steak is tenderized round steak that’s been extra tenderized. (Is that possible? I need to think about that!)

Slice the cube steak into strips, against the grain. If you look at the cube steak you can see the direction it was run through the tenderizer. You’ll want to cut in the opposite direction.

Cube Steak cut into strips

Place the meat in a bowl or on a plate and sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoning salt. There’s no exact measurement for the seasoning salt. I’ll leave that for your personal taste.

Set the meat aside while you slice the onions! 

Seasoned Cube Steak

Slice one large onion in half. Remove outer skin. (Yep…rip that tan dry skin right off the outside of that onion. Like a face peel!) You’re never gonna do that to an onion again and not think of that! Lol (You’re welcome!)

Onion cut in half

Slice onion into thin slices.

In a large skillet melt 1/4 cup butter over medium-low heat! I know! That’s a lot of butter. Well buckle up…there’s even more coming!

Butter melting in the pan

Add sliced onions. Sauté until tender and slightly golden. About 7–10 minutes.

Sauteed Onions

Remove onions and set aside.

Sauteed Onions on paper palte

Add 2 more Tablespoons of butter into the same skillet…there’s lots of butter in this dish! (Fat makes all things better! Which makes me freaking awesome!) Turn the heat to high. Let that butter melt and begin to turn brown, about two minutes. 

Add 2–3 pounds sliced seasoned cube steak to hot skillet. Arrange in a single layer. Allow to cook until edges begin to turn crispy brown. Do not stir!

Cube Steak cooking in skillet

Using a spatula, flip the meat over to the other side. Once the meat is brown, add 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce. You can add more later if you think it needs it. I found 1/2 cup to be plenty.

Adding Worchestershire sauce

Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes. If you like it spicy, add a couple shakes of Tabasco sauce. 

Add another 2 tablespoons of butter. (I know…there’s a lot of butter in this recipe! That’s why they’re so yummy! It’s the Butt-ah!) Allow the butter to melt, creating an even more flavorful sauce. Stir to combine.

add more butter to steak

Next add in the onions…

Meat in skillet

Lay slices of pepper jack cheese, in a single layer, overlapped, on top of the meat! Cover to melt the cheese and allow the meat to stay warm.

Steak cooking in skillet

How To Easily Toast Sub Rolls

You can spread each half generously with softened butter and toast in a skillet…or if you kinda like to do things the easy way you can do like I do…

On a large griddle melt 2–3 Tablespoons of butter….there it is again! Yep…melt that butter directly on top of the griddle. It’s much easier than spreading butter on the sub rolls.

Butter melting in the pan

Place sub rolls inside down (does that make sense?) on the butter. Wait till buns are toasted golden brown and then turn them over to give the tops and bottoms a little “toast”!

Toasting sub rolls

Place a heaping scoop of the meat with melted cheese on bottom half of the bun. Spoon extra meat juices over the meat and cheese. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Very, very, very, (am I stressing that enough…?) important! That sauce is 150% flavor extract! All the amazing flavor from the meat is in that juice! 

Drizzle with Light House Cotija Cilantro Dressing or a favorite hot sauce. I highly recommend the Cotija Cilantro dressing though. The flavor it adds to this sandwich…is out of this world! 

Cover with the top bun. 

Doesn’t that look absolutely delectable?!!! 

Pepper Jack Steak Sandwiches

The meat is tender and flavorful! That golden buttery toasted bun add just the right crunch to every bite. The onions, meat juices, and pepper jack are the perfect balance of flavors!

I served this wonderful sandwich with a side of fries, fresh fruit, and another family favorite…Frito Corn Salad! It’s a must at our summer cookouts. 

Look how juicy that meat is! So good!

Sliced Pepper Jack Steak Sandwich

I never knew Cube Steak could make such a delicious sandwich! I’m a convert! I see loads of cube steak recipes in our future!

This is a sandwich truly worthy of any Man Cave! (Which may not be sayin’ too much cause…ya know “Man” cave! Just sayin’…lol)

Pepper Jack Steak Sandwich

Hope y’all enjoy this sandwich! It’s a stick-ta-yer-ribs meal! There will be finger licking involved…and that’s ALWAYS a sure sign of success in the kitchen!

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Yield: 6 sandwiches

Pepper Jack Steak Sandwiches

Pepper Jack Steak Sandwiches

Toasted buttery sub rolls are filled with savory sauteed cube steak, onions, tons of melted pepper jack cheese, and topped off with a cotija cilantro dressing. The perfect Man-which!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 whole large onion
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2-3 pound cube steak
  • Lawry's season salt, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco Sauce, To taste
  • 6-8 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup Light House Cotija Cilantro Dressing
  • 6 whole french/deli rolls


  1. Cut large onion in half and slice into thin strips. In large skillet over medium high heat cook onions in 1/4 stick of melted butter, until soft and light brown. Remove and set aside.
  2. Slice cube steak against the grain. Season with Lawry's.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoon butter over high heat (in same skillet) until melted and beginning to brown. Add meat in single layer. Cook one side until brown, then flip and cook until brown. about a minute to two minutes per side.
  4. Add 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce, add a few shakes of Tabasco (optional). Allow to simmer one minute. Add cooked onions. Stir to combine. Add 2 more tablespoons butter. Stir.
  5. Layer cheese over meat. Turn off heat. Cover with lid to allow cheese to melt.
  6. Place 4 Tablespoons butter on a hot griddle. Lay sub rolls on griddle and brown. Flip rolls over and lightly brown tops and bottoms on outside of the roll.
  7. To assemble, lay bottom half of French roll on plate. Place meat and melted cheese mixture, followed by a spoonful of juice from the pan. Top with a hearty drizzle of cotija cilantro dressing, top with other half of roll, cut in half. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1106Total Fat: 81gSaturated Fat: 42gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 334mgSodium: 1057mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 75g

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Tuesday 19th of July 2022

What can I use instead of the Light House Cotija Cilantro Dressing?

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Thursday 21st of July 2022

Hi! Yes you can use any store bought Fiesta type dressing or just regular ranch with a little fresh cilantro and lime works too! Hope this helps. This is a great recipe that gets a lot of love at this Nest! Thanks for stopping by! Have a Great Weekend! Norine

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Shawndra wilson

Thursday 19th of August 2021

I can't find the cojito cilantro dressing anywhere! Is there any other type of dressing you would recommend to put on the subs that would make it just as good?

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Thursday 19th of August 2021

Hi Shawndra! The Cilantro Lime Dressing from Costco would work too. Any type of Cilantro dressing would work on these sandwiches! Hope that helps a little bit. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend.



Monday 25th of May 2020

When you grow up with a very limited food budget you learn early how to make these homemade steak and cheese sandwiches. Because cube steak and hoagie bread was very cheap and tasty and you couldn’t afford the corner carry out sub. Thanks for taking me back down memory lane.

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Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Hi Connie! We grew up on a very limited food budget and so were our kids. Being a stay at home mom we had a very tight budget. Some how I always found a way to make sure there was a good meal on the table, as I'm sure your Mom did too. I think some of the best "budget" meals are the tastiest! I'm so glad this took you down memory lane. I hope you'll visit again soon. Have a Great week. Happy Nesting! Norine

Amanda Miranda

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Hello, I am planning to make this tonight but realized I bought shaved beef instead. If I make it the way you describe, do you think it is going to be tough since I bought the wrong meat?

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Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Hi Amanda! It's going to be fine! I'm probably answering you too late. It's been such a crazy day, week, month! It's not going to be tough and you can chop the shaved beef if you need to so it's easier to eat. I think you are going to love the shaved beef in this recipe. Now I want to try it that way too. Enjoy and have a great week! ~Norine

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