Mexican tortas will always remind me of my annual trips to Mexico when I was younger. It was tradition to go out to the “La Plaza” and get a torta filled with carnitas, grilled cheese, beans, avocado and Jalapeños. It continues to be my favorite authentic Mexican dish because there is nothing quite like it.
What is a Torta?
A torta is basically a hearty Mexican sandwich that is filled with mouthwatering ingredients such as refried beans, meat, veggies, pickled jalapeño and sometimes cheese. I am beyond thrilled to be able to recreate a vegan version of this torta and I hope you love it as much as I do!
Tips and Substitutes:
The original type of bread used for tortas is called a Bolillo roll. You can actually find these at your local Safeway or Lucky grocery stores. You will also find these in Mexican grocery stores. Alternatives includes burger buns and French bread rolls.
I highly recommend getting canned jackfruit if possible. It can be very time consuming to get it fresh. My favorite canned jackfruit is from Trader Joe’s:
If you’re not a fan of jackfruit, here are some alternatives you can use for the “meat” of your torta:
Soyrizo – vegan chorizo. Trader Joe’s carries a delicious one for $1.99.
Extra refried beans – This will also make it a super easy recipe!
Thick slice of tofu – Cut a thick slice of extra firm tofu and fry with a little oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt and nutritional yeast.
King oyster or portobello mushrooms – Shred using a fork if using king oyster mushrooms. Use same seasonings/sauces as you would with jackfruit.
Seitan – you can either choose to make your own or buy store bought.
I love using both pinto or black beans for this recipe, it just depends on my mood! You can choose to buy canned refried beans or make them. I feel like I sounds like a broken record but I highly recommend getting canned refried beans from Trader Joe’s. They don’t add too much seasonings and spices like ones I’ve tried from other grocery stores.
I highly recommend adding lettuce, tomato and jalapeños to get an authentic torta. Avocado is optional but I love adding it! You can also choose to add red sliced onions as well.
**Best when fresh but they will keep for 24-48 hours if wrapped well and refrigerated.