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Seared Pork Tortas 
Sep. 26, 2010 4:05 pm 
Updated: Sep. 26, 2010 6:11 pm
These were SO good! I've been wanting to try this recipe out for months, and finally got around to it!

We had these for dinner yesterday. This is the link to the original recipe (it's a Cooking Light recipe on and below is how I fixed it. I didn't change much, just the quantities of some items and I omitted the onion and jalepeno for our personal preference.

Seared Pork Tortas


  • 2  teaspoons olive oil
  • 1  teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 lb boneless center-cut pork loin chops (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1  (1 lb) baguette, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 tablespoons refrigerated fresh salsa
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 large tomato, cut into thin slices
  • 1 ripe peeled avocado, cut into thin slices


1. Preheat broiler.
2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine cumin and salt; sprinkle evenly over pork. Add pork to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or cooked all the way through. Let stand 5 minutes; cut into thin slices.
3. Hollow out top and bottom halves of bread, leaving a 3/4-inch-thick shell; reserve torn bread for another use. Place bread halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Broil about 4 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Place beans and salsa in a bowl; mash with a fork until almost smooth. Spoon bean mixture into the bottom half of baguette. Top with pork, cheese, tomato, avocado, and top half of baguette. Cut into 4 pieces.

I think it might have been nice to put it back under the broiler for a minute or 2 after adding the cheese, to melt the cheese a little more and then add the veggies and top half of the bread. My boys really liked this; the only suggestion from hubby was making the pork shredded instead of sliced so that it might stay on the bread a little better - it kept falling out from the sides when you'd bite into it. But the flavors were terrific; I really liked the texture and taste of the bean mash! We enjoyed these hearty sandwiches with some tortilla chips and queso and were all full and happy. :)

Sep. 26, 2010 6:08 pm
My husband now loves tortas since he discovered them a few years ago. I really like your recipe and want to try these. Of course, baguettes would be very good to use, but locally, we are able to buy freshly baked "Bolillo” rolls. Bollilo is a Mexican bread that’s very similar to French bread. ... The dough is usually formed into a 'football shaped' roll. [The name “bolillo” means bobbin or spindle, and a short rolling pin used to make the bread also is called a “bolillo.” - I wonder if this 'French bread type roll was introducted in Mexico when the French occupied there? - Anyway, thanks for your recipe Sandra; sounds delish!
Sep. 26, 2010 6:11 pm
Oh yeah, just like you described above, my husband "scoops" out his torta rolls also! LOL [AND, he likes jalepenos on his tortas; I can do without the jalepenos thank you very much!]
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I love preparing meals for my family, I grew up eating home cooked dinners as a child, and felt that time around the table was very special. It gives me a LOT of pleasure to prepare something my family enjoys!
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I cook with a lot of chicken, we prefer boneless, skinless breasts. I don't think I have a preference for a certain style of food, or ethnicity. I cook mainly simple, meat and rice/pasta/potatoes kinds of meals. I enjoy trying different flavors and fixing new recipes. We enjoy italian, southern, mexican, etc.
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It's sort of a tradition in our house to have biscuits and gravy every weekend, usually Saturday morning. My husband grew up in the South, and it's comfort food! I love preparing a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner: Roast turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and cranberry jelly... MMMMM!!!!
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I think I was pretty thrilled with myself the first time I successfully made a home-made pizza crust. I am also very good with homemade breads, and very proud of my banana and lemon poppy seed breads!
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I have two classic cooking tragedies from when I had just started cooking (age 16) - the first time was when I tried to thicken gravy by adding flour directly into the HOT liquid - LOTS of clumps... it was SOO gross! The 2nd time was when I tried to make my first white sauce, and I just could NOT get the flour to milk ratio right, it was pasty and disgusting!!! I've learned a lot since then, but those are classic OOPS memories!
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