One of several tasty Mexican sandwiches, the Mexican torta can be created with a variety of different ingredients, and may be served as hot comfort food or a cold meal on a hot day. Generally around six to eight inches in length, a Mexican torta may utilize several different types of meat or fish garnished with peppers, onions, and cheese. Often, eggs or a mixture of eggs and vegetables and meats will be used as part of the filler, making them an option for just about any time of the day.
Creating the basic torta requires a split bolillo — white roll, a choice of meat or fish, and some type of cheese. There are a wide range of meats that are used in the creation of tortas. Some of the more popular options are marinated pork or steak, ground beef, or sausage. Turkey breast or chicken as well as breaded fish or shrimp may also be used. Cheeses used in the dish may range from mild cheddar to simple goat cheese.
Peppers and onions add to the taste of the Mexican torta. Green peppers are particularly popular with this Mexican sandwich. Often, the peppers are dipped in an egg batter and fried to a crispy texture. Onions may also be battered and fried, or sautéed or simply slices or diced into small pieces.
There is also a wide range of garnishes that may be used with the Mexican torta. Creamed avocado adds both color and flavor to the dish, as does a dollop of sour cream. Sliced or diced sections of tomato are also popular additions. As for seasonings, cayenne is a popular option, although often simple salt and pepper is considered to be sufficient.
In general, the torta is understood to be a sandwich in all parts of Mexico. However, the definition of the Mexican torta is a little broader in Mexico City. There, a torta can also refer to a dish that is created with beef, mashed potatoes, broccoli and scrambled eggs.