Dragon’s Breath Jibarito Sandwich

The jibarito sandwich is an unique innovation of Chicago’s Puerto Rican immigrants that employees flattened, twice-fried plantain in place of bread. The thin-sliced sirloin is marinated in Bayern Dragon’s Breath Dunkelweizen and Sriracha, and when grilled over a ferocious flame, it is tender and spicy.

Dragon’s Breath Jibarito Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

4 jibarito sandwiches

Dragon’s Breath Jibarito Sandwich

Dragon's Breath Jibarito Sandwich


  • 2 large plantains, peeled and sliced lengthwise and in half
  • 1 lbs. sirloin steak
  • 1 TBSP Sriracha
  • 4 slices Tillamook Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 TBSP mayonnaise
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Cayenne, to taste
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • oil (for deep frying)


  1. Sliced the sirloin to ¼-inch thick slices
  2. Combine Bayern Dragon's Breath, Sriracha, garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  3. Add steak strips to marinade, and refrigerate for 4 hours
  4. Heat Big Green Egg or other grill to 400°F
  5. Grill steak strips to medium-rare over the highest part of the grill
  6. Over medium high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter, then sauté the onions, garlic, and red bell pepper until soft
  7. Add the garlic, red bell pepper, cumin, and cayenne
  8. Add the meat slices and sauté until browned; season to taste
  9. Heat oil, then fry the peeled and sliced plantain for 1 minute.
  10. Remove plantain from oil, place on a heavy cutting board, top with another cutting board, and flatten the plantain
  11. Fry the flattened plantain in the oil again, until outside is golden and crispy
  12. Remove from oil. blot for excess oil, and salt
  13. Spread mayonnaise on bottom slice of flattened fried plantain, lay the meat and onions
  14. Top with Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, then the remaining plantain top

First frying of the plantians
First frying of the plantians
Onions, garlic, and pepper in butter
Onions, garlic, and pepper in butter
Dragon's Breath Jibarito Sandwich
Dragon’s Breath Jibarito Sandwich