ham and cheese torta

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Ham and Cheese Tortas

Ham and Cheese Tortas

Tortas de Jamón y Queso

Recipe Yield

2 sandwiches

Cooking time

10 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.67 from 6 votes


  • 2 Mexican bolillo or telera rolls or small baguettes
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 ripe Mexican avocado scooped and sliced
  • 4 slices Mexican queso fresco Oaxaca or Mozzarella
  • 4 to 6 slices ham, turkey or cooked chicken
  • 1 tomato sliced and seeded
  • A couple of thin slices of onion optional
  • Pickled jalapeño peppers to taste optional
  • Salt to taste optional
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican style cream optional

To Prepare

  • Slice the rolls in half lengthwise. If they’re not fresh, toast them slightly for a few minutes. On one side, spread a tablespoon of refried beans; on the other, mash 1/4 of an avocado with a fork.
  • Top the bottom half of the bread with a few slices of cheese, 2 or 3 slices of ham or cold cuts of your choice, it may also be shredded chicken or meat, and a couple of slices of tomato.
  • Drizzle a tablespoon of Mexican-style cream and crown your package with as many pickled jalapeños as you wish. Sprinkle a bit of salt on top.
  • Place the top half of the roll on the sandwich and slice the torta horizontally. Eat it or wrap it up so that it can travel along with you.


5comments inHam and Cheese Tortas

  1. Caroline

    Jun 18

    What is the recipe for the Mexican Cream Sauce? Thanking you in advance

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 21

      There is no recipe for it Caroline, is just the traditional cream from Mexico. You can read about it here http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/mexican_style_cream/

  2. Gary

    Mar 05

    Hey Patty I enjoyed your show on create. I have a question I’m wondering if maybe you’d willing to address. That’s talking about Gringos eating Street Food in Mexico. there’s always a concern about Montezuma’s Revenge. Are there any rules of thumb that you live by to avoid it. My understanding has always been that you’re okay if you see the street food cooked in front of you but you think that’s true. Thank you.

    1. Pati

      Mar 10

      Hola Gary! My family and I eat street food in Mexico, all the time. The only thing that we try to avoid when eating on the street is ice with our drinks.

    2. San Carlos Charlie

      Jun 18

      I’ve lived in Mexico full time for nearly twenty years and vacationed there for fifteen years prior to that. In all that time, I’ve gotten the dreaded revenge just once, after a dinner at an upscale, white tablecloth restaurant in Cozumel. Otherwise, countless street tacos and tacos of every sort, hot dogs, birria, cahuamanta…never a problem. These days the ice cubes everywhere are made from purified water, so that’s one less threat. There is one food I do avoid, sadly, because I love it: jaiba (crab). My decision is based on a conversation with my Mexican GP. His suspicion is poor handwashing by the folks who pick out the meat. So, no more crab tostadas for me!

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