I’m becoming more aware of my addiction to a few things : garlic, jalapeño, onions, cheese, philly cheesesteaks … like MAINLY just philly cheesesteaks. The list goes on, and I want you to know that I’m willing to admit my flaws. But now that I’ve come to accept those addictions, why not combine all of my favorites into a new favorite recipe? I figure we should have some fun with it, so I present to you the spicy cajun philly cheesesteak wrap. 🙂
I love taking photos; it’s one of my favorite parts of blogging. The problem with this particular photo shoot was that it was slightly difficult to get all the pictures I needed. Why, you ask? Because pointing and shooting tends to get in the way of SHOVING THIS ENTIRE SPICY CAJUN PHILLY CHEESESTEAK WRAP INTO MY MOUTH.
I’m big on creating dishes that I would order in a restaurant setting. Why not make the most of lunch or dinner when you have the chance? So for this philly wrap, I got the idea from a bar/restaurant in town that has one of those embarrassingly huge menus full of every single bar food item you could ever dream of. (Read : my heaven.)
I’ve been to said bar/restaurant more times than I should admit, but I’m okay with that. The [bar] food is good, the beer list is extensive, and there are TVs as far as the eye can see. Not that I need TVs when I have nachos and philly cheesesteak wraps in my face, but they’re there just in case. 🙂
My version of a spicy cajun philly cheesesteak wrap has sliced beef, cajun seasonings, onion, garlic, green pepper, shallots, jalapeño, and melted cheese all wrapped into a cheddar tortilla. Yep, all of that flavor in one convenient wrap. Looks like I’ve got a new favorite homemade menu item. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to throw together, which is just the excuse I needed to stay home while it’s bitterly cold outside!
If you want to be more traditional, use shaved ribeye like I do in my philly cheesesteak sliders or philly cheesesteak sandwich recipes. But to make this more convenient, I went ahead and used sliced roast beef from the local deli. I order the roast beef rare, but you are welcome to order whichever temperature you like best. I just think it has more flavor to start. 🙂
This recipe serves two huge wraps, or up to four smaller wraps. I suppose it really depends on how hungry you are. 😉 I hope you love them as much as I do!
- 2 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. shallot, minced
- 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
- 1/2 Tbsp. jalapeno, minced (seeds removed)
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. oregano
- 1/4 tsp. thyme
- 1/2 lb. sliced deli roast beef, rare, thinly chopped
- 1/2 cup sharp white cheddar, shredded
- 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
- 2 cheddar wraps (or large tortillas)
- In a large saute pan over medium heat, cook chopped bacon until nearly all fat is rendered. (You'll want the bacon to be crispy when you're done with the entire recipe!) Leave bacon and bacon fat in the pan.
- Add chopped green onion, and cook about 5-7 minutes. Add onion, cook 2-3 minutes. Turn heat to medium-low. Onion should absorb the colors and flavors from rendered bacon fat.
- Add jalapeño, shallot, and spices. Stir in with other ingredients in the pan, and cook about 1-2 minutes.
- Add garlic, mix in, and cook another 1-2 minutes. Garlic will be very fragrant.
- Push all veggies and bacon to one half of the pan. Add the thinly sliced roast beef to the open half of the pan, and allow to cook for a few seconds before gently mixing it with the veggies. Cook for about 2-3 minutes total, until the majority of the beef has browned.
- Add cheese, and mix into the beef and veggies until it is completely melted.
- Spoon half of the filling to the center of the cheddar wrap, and roll up. Repeat for the second wrap.
- Serve hot!
- THIS RECIPE YIELDS 2-4 WRAPS.
- Substitute Cajun seasoning for ALL seasonings if you like!
- The jalapeño and cayenne add a lot of heat - feel free to omit either for a less spicy version.
- Use any cheese that you have on hand if you don't have cheddar and mozzarella.
- Instead of deli meat, feel free to use thinly sliced ribeye for a more authentic approach.
- If you do not have cheddar wraps, any wrap will do! Or a flour tortilla.