Chicken Cheesesteaks with Queso and Pico de Gallo. The Quesosteak!

by Shawnda on June 19, 2013

in Chicken & Poultry,Mexican & TexMex,Running,Sandwich, Wraps, & Quesadillas

Chicken Cheesesteaks with Queso and Pico de Gallo

So… I kind of signed up for a marathon this week.

And by “kind of,” I mean that they have my money and I have a link to a training program. I guess that’s mostly fair.

That program is exactly as long as as I have until “my” marathon. And is supposed to be exactly as long as it takes a normal person to learn how to run 26.2 miles. Only I’m not really normal. But I did run a mile and a half the night before letting my friend talk me into it (but it’s Disney!).

I’m such a sucker. And a newly-crowned Disney addict. (And potentially on my way to divorce court after I tell Jason what I’ve done.)

But it gets me back to The Happiest Place on Earth where I will perform what could be The Most Miserable Activity on Earth for a chance at The Greatest Fitness Accomplishment on Earth.

And there’s no better time to start training for a marathon than in Houston in June.

Chicken Cheesesteaks with Queso and Pico de Gallo

What does all this have to do with that queso-doused sandwich up there? Nothing. I have few rules. Most of them involve how to not make a margarita or leaving lights on when you leave a room (I am now officially my mother). But rules that don’t end with a stay in the pokey are just begging to be broken.

And that’s really why my favorite cheesesteak is made with chicken and not beef. Only now, it comes topped with a generous scoop of queso (not the Wiz) and pico de gallo. And nobody will put me in Dinner Jail when I throw in grilled jalapenos like they used to serve at Texadelphia on Memorial (RIP).

Chicken Cheesesteaks with Queso and Pico de Gallo

To make that beauty, you need to do three things:
1. Make this chicken cheesesteak sandwich, only forget the cheese and mustard blend.
2. Have leftover queso from the night before.
3. Have a garden that turns out more tomatoes and peppers than you know what to do with… and then make pico de gallo with that.

And just like that, dinner for the next 2 nights is done.


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura June 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

lol, my friend and neighbor picked up running just to do that marathon. I’ve been thinking about doing it myself – seems like a down and dirty way to get cardio done, and I’m down with that. Never have thought of myself as a “runner” though.

I need chicken cheesesteaks in my life…


2 Laura June 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

Let me clarify, not thinking about running a marathon. Ya’ll can have your 26 miles! :)


3 Shawnda June 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

C’mon! You have plenty of time! (Says the training program I have.)


4 Danielle @ Dani Cakes June 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

That is exciting!! I’ve heard great things about the Disney marathon. What a great race for your first marathon :) I also am so ready to make this sandwich for dinner tonight. It looks amazing!


5 Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor June 19, 2013 at 10:50 am

I love the Texas tortilla chips! Good luck with the marathon training. I’ve always wanted to run one of the Disney races.


6 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

Wow, congratulations!! So excited for you but definitely not envious that you’ll be sweating your tuckus off in Texas June weather! I think I could only do it if someone was in front of me dangling these cheesesteaks on a string… What?! I need an end goal, don’t I?


7 Shawnda June 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

It works! I am running for Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream sandwiches and Dole Whip Floats :)


8 Cookbook Queen June 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’d congratulate you on the marathon, but I don’t know if that is a congratulations type deal. Maybe “best wishes” or “hope you don’t have heat stroke before you make it to Dole Whips” is more appropriate?

These sandwiches are happening for dinner VERY soon!!!


9 mr. & Mrs. P June 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

These sounds wonderful!!!! Is it a full or half marathon?? We ran a half last year. It was our first time… It was tough but still fun..


10 Carol June 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Yum! I second the love for the Texas tortilla chips – where did you find those???


11 Shawnda June 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

HEB (my grocery store) carries them in store-brand.

And I’ve often wondered if there were Georgia- and Tennessee-shaped chips for sale out there somewhere :)


12 Kate June 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

This looks great. It combines some of my favorite things. I did a double take on those Texas chips. So cool!


13 Tracey June 20, 2013 at 6:29 am

You can do it!! When Shane first started running he was religiously following those training plans and they definitely worked for him. We were SO close to going to Disney for the marathon this winter – we still might in fact. If so, I insist on grabbing a drink with you (post-race of course) ;)


14 cassie June 20, 2013 at 7:33 am

Awesome! I just signed up for a half this week and now I’m not sure what I was thinking! Good luck!!


15 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective June 20, 2013 at 8:29 am

Looks so good! Good luck with your marathon, too!


16 Joanne June 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

I’ve done the Disney half marathon and can honestly say that you picked a GREAT first marathon!! It is definitely beginner-friendly. And seriously… I’m so excited for you!!


17 Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} June 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

I need this sandwich in my life, right now! This looks so amazing, it is officially going on the meal-plan for next week.


18 Cookaholic Wife June 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

Queso on a cheesesteak? I’m practically drooling over here.


19 kelley@Miss Information June 21, 2013 at 6:35 am

This is the first time I have been to your blog and I think I could pin just about everything. Your pictures are beautiful can’t wait to see more!


20 Katie June 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Made these for dinner last night. Oh my gosh- they were fantastic! :) My husband and I are walking our first marathon in September. Can’t run for anything, but excited to walk the long distance.


21 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 24, 2013 at 2:19 am

I commend you on signing up for the marathon. I can’t even get myself to sign up!

This cheesesteak on the other hand is amazing. How could anyone resist this cheesy goodness?


22 Becky June 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

This looks SO delicious and I’m loving those TX chips :)

Best of luck with your training and the upcoming marathon. I ran one a few years back and started my training in July in Texas and somehow survived. You can do it!!!


23 Ann June 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm

This looks amazing!! Best of luck in your marathon training, too!


24 Shawnda June 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thank you :)


25 barb July 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

A marathon……….holy cow where did our Shawnda go???

just kidding I wish you 26.2 miles of good luck……… will do well cause we’ll be right there with ya. Me I’m a marathon walker well not marathon half marathon only. Always room for improvement.

Oh the yummy sandwich looks yummy cause I’d eat queso on anything.


26 Shawnda July 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Haha! Right? Thanks for the good juju. I’m going to need it :)


27 Celine July 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

This looks yummy! And I love the Texas tortilla chips :)


28 D7ana November 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Good luck with the Disney marathon. I loathe Whiz so subbing a Mexican cheese should be no problem.


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