Jalapeno Chopped Cheese w/ Lime Crema

A spicy & creamy twist on the classic.

Makes 1 hoagie

Time: 25 mins

By Ethan Chlebowski

This recipe is part of the chopped cheese series, where I tweak the base framework to change the flavor profile or make it into a healthier meal.

Ethan Chlebowski

Ethan Chlebowski



  • Beef & cheese base

    • ground beef
      180 g1/3 lb
    • salt
      a sprinkle
    • msg
      a sprinkle
    • onions
      , diced
    • pickled jalapeños
      , diced
      a handful
    • low-fat american cheese
      1 slice
    • cheddar
      , grated
      a handful
  • Lime crema sauce

    • mayonnaise
      1 part
    • low-fat sour cream
      1 part20 g
    • lime juice
      1/2 part10 g
  • Bread & extra toppings

    • hoagie rolls
    • lettuce
      , thinly sliced
    • tomatoes
      , thinly sliced & salted


Step 1: Make the sauce

Mix together all lime crema sauce components in a bowl. Taste and adjust with more seasoning or lime juice as needed.

Step 2: Cook the beef base

Next, set a pan or griddle over medium heat and add the ground beef. Sprinkle a bit of salt on top and add an optional pinch of MSG for extra flavor.

the beef for 1-2 minutes to get some color. Then, add the onions on top of the beef and start breaking everything up with a spatula.

After 2 more minutes or when the beef and onions are mostly , add the cheese and jalapeño over top.

Step 3: Steam the bread

While the beef finishes cooking, slice open your hoagie roll and spread some of the lime crema sauce onto the interior of the bread.

Place the bread on top of the meat and cheese to let everything , melt, and crisp up for a minute. Then, using a spatula to keep everything together, flip the sandwich over so that the roll is on the bottom and the meat and cheese are on top.

Step 4: Finish and serve

To finish, top the beef and cheese mixture with some shredded lettuce. Then, add a few slices of seasoned tomatoes on top.

  • There will be some leftover sauce. Optionally, add another dollop of sauce to the sandwich for lubrication.

Transfer the roll to a sheet of aluminum foil and parchment paper and wrap everything up tightly. This will a bit and transform it into a true bodega experience.

Slice open the sandwich and enjoy.



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