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Torta Ahogada - Drowned Sandwich

A torta ahogada is a Mexican sandwich from the state of Jalisco that is stuffed with carnitas and beans and drowned in chile de arbol sauce.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people





  • Remove the chile stems and shake out seeds. Bring pot of water to boil. Turn off heat, add chiles, cover and let soak 15 minutes.
  • Cut out tomato stems and cores. Place on a broiler pan under the broiler. Cook until the skin is blackened, then flip and cook the other side. 8-10 minutes all together.
  • While the tomatoes are broiling, peel garlic and place in a small bowl with just enough water to cover. Microwave for one minute then drain.
  • Strain chiles. Add to blender along with the tomatoes, clove, garlic, cumin, peppercorns, vinegar, and salt. Blend until very smooth.
  • Pour sauce through a medium mesh strainer into a bowl.
  • Cut the bolillo rolls in half and butter each one lightly on the cut side. Place under broiler until lightly toasted.
  • Spread refried beans on each cut side, then add 1/4 pound of the carnitas to the bottom bun. Put on the top bun and press together. Dip the sandwiches into the salsa with a pair of tongs or ladle the salsa over the top.
  • Serve with pickled red onions, avocados, diced white onions, cilantro, or a lime wedge.
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