In Mexico, torta means sandwich. Tortas can be served hot or cold, and filled with anything from deli ham to breaded chicken cutlet. Here are 11 different tortas for you to try starting this week in honor of Cinco de Mayo.
La Concina de Leslie adapted this recipe for a mushroom and poblano pepper sandwich from Muy Bueno Cookbook. Even omnivores will devour this sandwich without considering for a second that it's vegetarian-friendly. The combination of flavors is enhanced by the Mexican crema and a tiny splash of tequila. This sandwich is so ridiculously tasty, that you may be tempted to scoff the filling straight from the skillet before you get a chance to assemble the sandwiches.
Real Food Real Kitchens took its cameras to the New York City Wine & Food Festival for a glimpse on how to make these Baja fish taco tortas with smoky cilantro slaw.
Tastes Better from Scratch made one of the most popular Mexican tortas. Called the Milanesa, this sandwich is made with breaded chicken cutlet — or breaded (thinly sliced) steak or pork. Because you're frying the breaded meat of your choice, it's not the healthiest sandwich, but you really must try it at least once in your life… unless you’re a vegetarian. But don't worry. We got you.
Serious Eats rocks this vegetarian version of the Milanesa. This hearty vegan sandwich is made with fried eggplant, refried beans, roasted chilies and pickled red onions, served in a toasted roll doused in enchilada sauce. Oh. My. Gawd.
While we were drooling over that fried eggplant sandwich, this other torta caught our eye. Shrimp maintain their juicy integrity even under an avalanche of toppings, promises Serious Eats, without the need for batter. Since the shrimp are cooked in a chipotle and tomato mixture, the salsa is built right in.
My Recipes featured this recipe from Sunset for a tuna sandwich that will change your life. Cilantro and lime brighten canned tuna in this sandwich created by Jennifer Lira.
Eating Well says you can prepare this chorizo-inspired filling by spicing up ground pork or turkey. Use a Panini-maker if you have one (and skip Step 4) or use its technique for making pressed sandwiches without any special equipment.
This recipe featured on Cooking Light is a lightened version of a torta that still packs pork, beans and veggies between fresh baguette slices.
Namely Marly admits that this vegan version of slow-roasted pork is only relatively healthy — that is, healthier than the original version because it has no fatty meat. But the idea here is to show that vegan can be delicious. So live a little and enjoy!
Hello Little Home offers a nice spin on the traditional torta, without foregoing authentic ingredients. We also appreciated the blogger's advice: if chipotle is too spicy for you, skip it, but add the adobo sauce. It will add a great smoky flavor without raising the heat level too much.
Not everybody lives within a stone's throw of a Mexican bakery, so getting traditional torta rolls might be tricky. You can use anything from ciabatta to a baguette. Whatever you end up using, hollow it out a bit so you can indulge in some extra filling.