Ham and Cheese Torta Sandwiches

Ham and Cheese Torta Sandwiches

Tortas de jamón y queso
2 sandwiches
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, bolillo, cheese, chicken, ham, mexican crema, mozzarella, Oaxaca cheese, pati's mexican table, Pickled Jalapeños, queso fresco, refried beans, Sandwich, telera, Tomato, Torta, turkey
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Ham and Cheese Torta Sandwiches recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 2 “School Lunch with a Mexican Twist”


  • 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.

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  1. 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. 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. 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!