This Carne Asada Torta is truly incredible: roasted poblano salsa swaps in for the traditional beans making it lighter than a traditional torta— but just as delicious.
what is a mexican torta?
A Torta de Carne Asada in simple terms, is a steak sandwich, but a Mexican steak sandwich is something truly special.
Authentic tortas de carne asada typically includes:
- a soft and airy bolillo or telera roll
- thinly sliced grilled steak
- refried beans
- mashed avocado sprinkled with salt and pepper
- a creamy cheese like queso fresco
- fresh vegetables like a juicy tomato sliced into thick pieces or shredded crunchy lettuce or both!
This is absolutely a phenomenal torta recipe and when I’m in the mood for some serious tortas: like an entire meal tucked in a toasted roll, then I head to one of our favorite torta shops in L.A.
But when I want a torta carne asada fix at home, I tend to make something a bit lighter, with my favorite store-bought Roasted Poblano Salsa instead of the refried beans and no cheese (because Armando can’t eat that).
how to make tortas de carne asada (my version)
My asada torta puts the spotlight on the marinated juicy steak and the fresh, ripe tomatoes and avocado.
The secret to this delicious sandwich is two-fold: A delicious orange juice marinade and cooking the steak on the grill to get those incredible charred edges.
That being said, if you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can still make a fantastic steak sandwich either in a grill pan or by first searing the steak, then finishing in a hot oven.
If you want to try pan-frying your steak instead of grilling it, follow this recipe after you marinate the meat instead of cooking on the grill.
To make things easy, I use store-bought Herdez Roasted Poblano Salsa Cremosa instead of the traditional refried beans or even mayo on my sandwich.
I’m not getting paid to say I love it, I just really do. It adds a great roasted chile flavor and a creaminess—without any dairy.
If you want to make a salsa instead of buy it, my Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa would be a great swap. It’s not exactly the same, but would be equally good.
more torta recipes to try
A great Mexican sandwich is what dreams are made of.
Visit any torta shop and you’ll soon find that there’s a torta for every occasion. Here’s a few more recipe you can start making right now, at home!
- Mexican Torta with Turkey and Black Beans
- Coconut Shrimp Tortas
- Chicken Chile Verde Tortas with Goat Cheese
- Fried Plantain Cemita Sliders
This Insanely Delicious Sandwich? Who, me?
You know this beautiful creation caught your eye! So just try this Carne Asada Tortas recipe, and let me know how you like it, OK? Share a photo and tag me on Instagram @holajalapeno and #holajalapeno so that I can see your stuff! Happy eating!
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