In Mexico, a torta is a kind of sandwich served on a crusty sandwich roll. With this plant-based Black Bean Torta, we’ve topped a bolillo roll from our bakery with spicy chipotle mayo, smoky black beans, avocado and cotija cheese for a flavorful lunch!
Black Bean Torta
½ cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. sauce from a can of adobo chipotles, or more as needed (may substitute your favorite chipotle-flavored hot sauce)
Black Bean Mixture:
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. ground ancho chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 (15 oz.) cans no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
1 ½ cups no salt added chicken stock
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
6 telera or bolillo rolls, split and toasted
Small romaine lettuce leaves
1 sliced avocado
2 medium tomatoes, cored and sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
Cotija cheese, optional
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and adobo sauce until smooth. Taste and add adobo sauce as needed.
- Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ancho chili powder and cumin, cook for 30 seconds.
- Stir in beans, stock and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low so the mixture is barely bubbling. Use a large spoon to smash as many of the beans as possible, leaving the mixture chunky. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes very thick, 15-20 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, and turn off the heat. Taste, and add salt as needed.
- To assemble the tortas, layer on the bottom halves of the toasted rolls in the following order: chipotle mayo, romaine lettuce leaves, beans, avocado, tomato, red onion and cotija cheese. Smear the toasted sides of the top halves with the remaining chipotle mayo. Serve immediately.
Yield: 6 tortas
Per Serving: Calories 620, Total Fat 24g (Saturated 3.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 740mg, Total Carbohydrate 85g (Dietary Fiber 14g, Sugars 7g), Protein 20g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 60%, Calcium 20%, Iron 20%
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