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Black Bean Torta

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 telera roll from our bakery with spicy chipotle mayo, smoky black beans, avocado and cotija cheese for a flavorful lunch!

  • Black Bean Torta
  • Ingredients
    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • 2 Tbsp. sauce from a can of adobo chipotles, or more as needed (may substitute your favorite chipotle-flavored hot sauce)
    • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 Tbsp. 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
    • Optional toppings: see Chef's Tips

    1. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and adobo sauce until smooth. Taste and add adobo sauce as needed. 1. 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, chili powder and cumin. Cook for 30 seconds. 1. 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. 1. To assemble the tortas, spread half of the chipotle mayo on bottom halves of the toasted rolls. Add bean mixture and optional toppings. Spread the remaining chipotle mayo on the toasted sides of the top halves. Serve immediately.

    Chef's Tips

    Top with romaine lettuce, sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions and Cotija cheese.


    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% *Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

    Serves: 6 servings

    Main Dish Summer Vegetarian Hispanic