The most classic Chilean sandwich, and probably the most famous too, and certainly for me the most delicious: Lomito. The lunch of choice in Chile in a hurry is the obligatory stop at a soda fountain or a glorious cafeteria to eat Lomito, ready in a few minutes, thanks to the expertise of the line cooks. Even Anthony Bourdain gave his approval when he visited Chile.
Now, after so many years living outside Chile, I can appreciate our love and affection for sandwiches in all their dimensions, in many converge our best ingredients: homegrown tomatoes, avocado from our backyards, and different pieces of bread for each kind of sandwich, where all prepared with dedication.
The Lomito was invented in the “Fuente Alemana,” a soda fountain in Santiago, Chile … their existence is a tribute to German immigrants.
The homemade version of the Lomito is superb. Take the time to do the meat and then enjoy this recipe. The pork loin should be done at least the day before to let it cool, cut into very thin slices, and return to the broth to sit and be saturated with flavor. Then heat in the same broth over low heat.
Palta is one of the Spanish words for “avocado.” Another one is Aguacate. The avocado is a fruit that is native to Central and South America and is widely grown in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Avocados are commonly used in Chile in sandwiches like Churrasco or en Pan con Palta (the original Avocado toast) or in salads Repollo or Apio con Palta and Palta Reina Stuffed Avocado.
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Chilean Lomito Sandwich
An iconic Chilean sandwich.
- Total Time: 3 hours
- Yield: Meat for 8 sandwiches 1x
for the meat,
- 4 lb. of pork loin
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika or sweet paprika
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges
- 4 cups boiling water
- Challah buns
- Avocado, tomato, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut
- Preheat oven to 350F or 180C.
- In a large saucepan heat oil over medium-high heat, brown the roast on all sides in order to seal in the juices. Sear 2-3 minutes per side.
- Spread mustard on top of the pork, add salt, oregano, paprika on top. Add the chopped onion and hot water.
- Cover and cook in the oven for 1½ hours, or on very low heat for the same time on the stove.
- Allow cooling completely. Cut the meat into thin slices. Return the meat to the pot with the juices.
- For the sandwiches: Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the toasted bread, layer the meat (be generous) and top with your favorite toppings: most traditional is tomato and mashed avocado.
- Serve right away.
This recipe Lomito sandwich was sponsored by The National Pork Board.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Category: Meat
- Method: oven-roasted
- Cuisine: Chilean
Keywords: Lomito sandwich, Chilean pork sandwich
Thank you for this recipe. I have been searching for a recipe for Chancho con Palta for fifty years. I moved to Chile in 1969, shortly after marrying my then-husband Guillermo, a Chilean. The most urgent thing he wanted to do upon arrival was to take me to the Fuente Alemana for a sandwich he always referred to as “Chancho con Palta.” It was fabulously good, and I have never forgotten it. We only stayed a year in Santiago, and I’ve wanted to duplicate this sandwich ever since, although I never knew how the pork was prepared. That era was thirty or more years before the Internet appeared and even more before one could research recipes online. I am anxious to try your recipe and am hoping it can match the wondrous item I had at the Fuente Alemana fifty-four years ago. Thanks.
What a story, Caroline! Thanks for sharing. Please let me know if you have any questions and enjoy!
Sounds delicious, but I remember lomito sandwiches we ate in Buin, Chile with sweet sauerkraut in them. So delicious! Nothing better, best sandwich ever.
Ohhh, it’s very good with sauerkraut. I agree.