Tortas are just as essential to Mexican street food as tacos. The Mexican sandwiches are layered with various meats, sauces, and toppings between the most crucial ingredient of a torta: two slices of soft, crusty bread rolls. The two types of bread that define tortas are either bolillos, torpedo-shaped rolls resembling a soft baguette; or teleras, which are round and soft pieces of bread.
While tortas can be filled with pretty much anything, from hot dogs and pineapple to steak and salsa verde, there are a few famous variations you can commonly find: Guadalajara’s torta ahogada, stemming from Guadalajara in Mexico, a sandwich filled with pork carnitas and red onions and “drowned” in sauce; the torta cubana, the Mexican version of a Cuban sandwich; the torta de milanesa, where the sandwich is layered with thin fried meat cutlet); among numerous others. In Austin, there are plenty of excellent tortas to find, from La Plancha, Habanero Cafe, Tortas El Guero, and much more.
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