Tortas Clasicas: Classic Tortas

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
1 hr 40 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsoaked black beans
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 (4-inches long) pambazos, teleras, or French-bread rolls, slit lengthwise and with some bread removed
  • 16 thin slices baked ham
  • 4 slices queso fresco or queso panela
  • 1 cup iceberg lettuce, well dried and shredded
  • 1/2 medium avocado peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema or creme fraiche
  • 8 slices tomato
  • 4 canned pickled jalapenos, sliced in strips
Directions

Cook the black beans in boiling salted water for 1 1/2 hours. Drain, reserving the water and season with salt. Smash the beans with some of the reserved cooking water. Heat a saute pan. Add canola oil and heat. Fry the smashed beans in the oil for 6 to 7 minutes.

Spread the bread with beans, top each with 4 slices of ham and 1 of cheese. Divide lettuce, avocado, crema, tomato, and strips of jalapeno. Add salt, to taste. Place bread tops on and press down.


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