A torta, like every other sandwich out there, is ultimately an extremely customizable food that you can bend and shape to your liking. At the heart, however, are some key ingredients.
First off is a thin-cut sirloin or round steak that is pounded thin and fried (if you’re not much of a steak person, Rapone says chicken breast or pork loin will do the trick). Whatever meat you choose, you’ll need egg, panko, and canola oil for the frying, as well as lime juice and spices like salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. And then there are the toppings: avocado, tomato, shredded lettuce, onion, sour cream, refried beans, and your favorite hot sauce.
Finally, a sandwich is only as good as its bread. For this torta recipe, grab bolillo rolls (a football-shaped Mexican bread that’s similar to French bread) or telera rolls, which are similar but slightly flatter. Either of these breads are perfect because “the middle is soft enough that the refried beans meld into the bread, but the outside is solid enough that the sandwich doesn’t get mushy and fall apart,” Rapone says.