In Mexico, a torta is your basic sandwich. I made this one with lime-marinated pork plus the traditional refried beans, peppers and other toppings. A slice of Cheddar cheese tops it off perfectly. Or for a delicious change, follow the same basic procedure but use chicken breast, refried black beans and Monterey Jack cheese.
- 2 crusty rolls, toasted (the traditional roll is a "telera", but a hoagie or French bread roll is just fine)
- 2 center-cut pork chops
- 1 lime, juice of
- 1⁄2 cup water or 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons refried beans
- 2 jalapeno chiles, sliced (use Fresno chiles if you like it on the mild side)
- 1 small tomato, sliced
- chopped cilantro
- 1 bit mayonnaise (or Mexican crema, or sour cream)
- lots black pepper
- Pan-fry pork chops until nicely browned.
- Simmer them, covered, with 1/2 cup water or broth until chops are done and tender, about 10 minutes more.
- While hot, slice pork thinly and place in a plastic zipper bag with the sliced chiles and lime juice.
- Refrigerate until cooled.
- To assemble torta: scoop out a little bread from inside of rolls so they're hollowed slightly.
- Spread the bottom half with refried beans; spread the top with mayo, crema or sour cream.
- Stack sandwich with the lime-marinated pork and chiles, plus tomato slices, lettuce, onions, cilantro, and cheddar cheese.
- Sprinkle liberally with black pepper.
This is a great combination of flavors! I looked for Torta recipes after watching Rick Bayless on PBS! Instead of cooking the pork chops in this recipe, I made Country Pork Ribs -- Ole! (Crock Pot) and used the pork with cheddar cheese (not in the ingredient list), homemade refried black beans, sliced avocado, cilantro, and sweet & hot jalapeno slices. Served with sliced tomatoes, and Spicy Corncob ~ Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup!