Sándwich de Tripleta 🎖 The Three Meat Sandwich

The Tripleta is usually so large that one sandwich can easily feed two people.

Sándwich de Tripleta
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Sándwich de Tripleta is a Puerto Rican recipe for a sandwich usually made from three types of meat: grilled steak, pernil (roasted pork), and ham. It is a Puerto Rican twist on a Cubano sandwich.

Variations on the Tripleta

Although most recipes call for steak, pork, and ham sometimes chicken or sausage is substituted for one of these meats. The sandwich is usually stacked high with cheese and veggies like tomato, lettuce, cabbage, and onions. Most often the Tripleta is most often pressed flat to make a crunchy sandwich although sometimes it’s served on a soft, hoagie-style roll. Either way, every bite is packed with delicious meaty and savory flavors.

Sándwich de Tripleta 🎖 The Three Meat Sandwich
Sándwich de Tripleta 🎖 The Three Meat Sandwich

History of the Tripleta

Not much is known of the history of the Tripleta sandwich other than it,s a popular Puerto Rician street food. Some say it was made after the Cubano sandwich but that is more rumor and comparison than anything else.

The City of Isabela, Puerto Rico

Isabela is a region on Puerto Rico’s northwest coast. To the west, Jobos Beach has a sheltered cove opening up to more powerful surf. Nearby, Shacks Beach has underwater caves and coral reefs. To the east, the abandoned Guajataca Tunnel leads to the rugged coastline of Guajataca Beach. Inland, forest trails in the Bosque Estatal de Guajataca lead to Cueva del Viento, a cave filled with limestone formations.

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Tourism in Isabela, Puerto Rico

One of Isabela’s current main industries is tourism because it’s a coastal city with several beaches, panoramic views, and other attractions such as its rainforest, rivers, lake, cordillera mountains, submarine rivers, caves, and archaeological sites. It is visited by many local tourists as well as those seeking some “sun and fun” from the United States mainland and other countries.

The Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio de Padua is a religious and cultural celebration that generally features parades, games, artisans, amusement rides, regional food, and live entertainment.

The Cuisine of Isabela, Puerto Rico

The cuisine of Isabela is much like the rest of Puerto Rico in that plantains are the potatoes of Puerto Rico. The Mofongo is a famous Puerto Rican dish, which is fried, and mashed plantains, formed as a bowl, filled with your choice of fish, pork, or chicken. It varies a lot from place to place around the island, then of course you have fresh fish and squids.

Puerto Ricans also enjoy Tamales which are made with many kinds of meat or fish mixed with vegetables, wrapped in a banana or corn leaf. Fried Empanadas with fish, meat, or chicken are also very popular.

How to Make a Sándwich de Tripleta 🎖 The Three Meat Sandwich

This recipe calls for all the meat to be already cooked because of the time involved in cooking it. The Pernil (Roasted Pork) alone takes about 8 hours to make so usually the meat is prepared in advance or leftovers are used.

Sándwich de Tripleta


  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Sandwich Press


  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp ketchup
  • 4 slices of swiss cheese
  • 10 oz grilled steak, cooked
  • 10 oz pernil, (roasted pork) cooked and shredded
  • 10 oz ham, cooked and sliced
  • 4 oz cabbage
  • 4 oz tomatoes
  • 4 oz onions
  • 4 oz french fries, cooked

How to Cook a Sándwich de Tripleta 🎖 The Three Meat Sandwich

Time needed: 15 minutes

Sándwich de Tripleta 🎖 The Three Meat Sandwich Cooking Directions

  1. Assemble the Sandwich

    Cut the french bread and spread the mayonnaise and ketchup on both sides. Add the cheese, stack the meats, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and french fries, then top with the other side of the french bread

  2. Press the Sandwich

    Heat the entire sandwich in a sandwich press until the bread is toast.

This is a big sandwich so it will easily feed two people and probably more like three or four people. They do not store well so try to finish them when you cook them because it is best when made fresh.

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Sándwich de Tripleta 🎖 The Three Meat Sandwich

The Tripleta sandwich is packed with 3 different types of flavorful and juicy meat, crunchy and crisp vegetables, and a ketchup mayo sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Keyword Beef, Ham, Pork, Sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 843kcal
Author Mike Gonzalez


  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Sandwich Press


  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp ketchup
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 10 oz steak cooked
  • 10 oz pernil (roasted pork) cooked and shredded
  • 10 oz ham cooked and sliced
  • 4 oz cabbage
  • 4 oz tomatoes
  • 4 oz onions
  • 4 oz french fries cooked


  • Cut the french bread, spread the mayonnaise, ketchup on both sides. Add the cheese, stack the meats, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, french fries, and top with the other side of the french bread.
    1 loaf french bread, 2 tsp mayonnaise, 4 tsp ketchup, 4 slices swiss cheese, 10 oz steak, 10 oz pernil, 10 oz ham, 4 oz cabbage, 4 oz tomatoes, 4 oz onions, 4 oz french fries
  • Heat the entire sandwich in a sandwich press until the bread is toast.


  • If your meat is not cooked you will need additional time to cook it.
  • If you do not have a sandwich press use a skillet or griddle and press down on the sandwich while cooking it.


Calories: 843kcal | Carbohydrates: 88.2g | Protein: 66.1g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 142.5mg | Sodium: 2063mg | Potassium: 1110.5mg | Fiber: 7.4g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 335.5mg | Iron: 8mg

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