Venezuelan Pepito Sandwich (Pepito Venezolano)

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches (4 servings)

The pepito is a Venezuelan street food favorite: a beef (or chicken) sandwich, drenched with sauces and condiments. The beef is seasoned with Worcestershire sauce (salsa negra) and garlic. The bread is a large soft hoagie-like roll, and the condiments typically include lettuce, tomato, and many sauces, such as guasacaca, an avocado relish, BBQ sauce, ketchup, mayo, mustard, etc. The whole thing is topped off with crispy potato sticks.

When you buy a pepito from a street vendor, there are usually many sauces to choose from and you can customize your order. Watch a video of a pepito being assembled here.


  • 4 bread rolls (hoagie-type)
  • 2 6 ounce steaks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: shredded vegetables (like lettuce, cabbage, and carrots, and tomatoes)
  • G​arnish: Guasacaca
  • Garnish: Mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, etc

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut the beef into 1-inch pieces and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat a heavy skillet with 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil, and sauté the beef over high heat until just browned. Add the garlic, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, or until the desired doneness. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Split sandwich rolls lengthwise.

  5. Place shredded lettuce and tomato in rolls.

  6. Divide beef among the four rolls, placing it on top of the lettuce. Drizzle with guasacaca and any other desired sauce, and top with potato sticks.

  7. Serve and enjoy!