Classic Mexican Torta de Jamón Sandwich

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Classic Mexican Torta de Jamón

Prep Time: minutes
Cook Time: minutes
Yields: sandwich


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 bolillo or telera roll, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican crema
  • 2-3 tablespoons refried beans heated through
  • lettuce
  • 3 ounces sliced deli ham
  • 2-3 slices of queso fresco
  • 3-4 slices of tomato
  • 1/2 slices of avocado
  • pickled jalapeño slices (optional)

A torta de jamón is a Mexican sandwich served on either bolillo or telera rolls. Popularized by the Mexican television show, El Chavo del Ocho, the torta de jamón quickly became a Mexican classic. Traditionally tortas de jamón are served for breakfast or packed into a child’s school lunch. Any kind of ham can be used to make this torta, and it’s a delicious way to use up leftover roast ham. Just add Mexican crema, lettuce, queso fresco, onion, tomato, pickled jalapeños and refried beans for a quick and delicious sandwich that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or a late-night snack.


  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet or comal (griddle) over medium-high heat. Toast bolillo roll for about 30 seconds per side until lightly golden; remove from heat.
  2. Spread Mexican crema on the bottom slice of the bolillo roll, and refried beans on the top slice. Layer lettuce, ham, queso fresco, onion, tomato, avocado, and jalapeño pepper on bottom half of bolillo roll. Cover with top slice.

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