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Ham and Cheese Torta Sandwiches

2 sandwiches
Tortas de jamón y queso


  • 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.