Kimberley Chivito

From the Chef that brought you Kimberley Poutine, here is another example of a heart attack-inducing Comfort Food National Dish.  This one originated in Punta del Este, Uruguay, but has reached perfection here in the Kimberley of Western Australia.

Friends, I give you the Chivito. As with all popular comfort foods, there are a million recipes for this. Here is one I came up with after watching a late night travel/food show, using what I had on hand.   From previous experience with steak sandwiches I knew the steak must be a good one, or you will end up pulling it out of the sandwich when you try to bite through it.  Fortunately I had a few excellent steaks in the freezer.  However, at $39 a kilo I wont be having them often.  I suppose one could substitute a nice thick homemade burger patty.

Despite the tender meat, it was still a messy sandwich to eat.  But so good.

I should have taken a photo before I started messing it up.

Here is a photo of one very similar, but not so messy;



  • a hamburger bun or, where available, a ciabatta roll
  • a good quality fillet steak brought to room temperature
  • 2 rashers of crispy cooked bacon
  • 2 thin(ish) slices of ham off the bone
  • a slice or two of tomato
  • 2 slices of swiss cheese
  • 1 fried egg with the yolk still runny
  • a handful of Mesclun salad or some lettuce
  • Best Brand Mayonnaise
  • Tomato sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • a slice of capsicum
  • a few chopped preserved jalapeño peppers
  • a slice or two of raw onion
  • some fried onion
  • salt and pepper
  • butter for the buns
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • garlic


  1. Rub the steak with garlic, splash it with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce , cover and allow it to marinate while it comes to room temperature
  2. Split the roll and butter both halves
  3. Fry the bacon, onion, steak and capsicum
  4. On the top half of the bread put mayonnaise then add, in order; the lettuce, raw onion, tomato, sauce, capsicum and jalapeño
  5. On the bottom half of the bun put the mustard, fried onion, bacon, egg, steak, ham and cheese
  6. Put the bottom half under the grill until the cheese is melted
  7. Whack on the top half and cut the bun in half
  8. Figure out how to eat it. Be warned, it will be messy.



About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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2 Responses to Kimberley Chivito

  1. Pilgrim33 says:

    Ham And Bacon?
    No sliced apple?
    No caramelised balsamic onions?
    No sweet fruit chutney?
    I’m sure you can get much sillier than this.

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