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Torta de Jamón is a Mexican Ham Sandwich served on a telera or bolillo. It became a Mexican food classic by the TV show, El Chavo. It’s ready in minutes, making it a great lunch option.
Who else was raised watching El Chavo? The jokes are so corny, but they still make me laugh. Even to this day, just the thought of El Chavo and the comedic genius, Chespirito, brings a smile to my face. Many years later, I was fortunate enough to watch him perform live in the theatre production of “Once y Doce” in Mexico City. That night, for dinner, we had a Torta de Jamón (or Mexican Ham Sandwich).
If you have never watched the show, El Chavo was a homeless boy living in a barrel. It was a barrel of laughs. Pun intended!! In nearly every episode, he desperately wanted a Torta de Jamón, or Mexican Ham Sandwich. It may sound simple and easy, and but that’s exactly the irony behind the joke. I must admit… I’m a bit of a ham, but you won’t find me between two slices of bread. LOL.
You start with either a telera or bolillo. If you can’t find either of these Mexican breads, you can also use a baguette. I like to remove the center. You save a few calories, and trust me, you won’t miss it.
From here, the assembly is a no brainer. Mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickled jalapeños, and of course, ham slices. You can also add avocado slices, but I didn’t have any ripe ones to use. (sad face)
If you go to Mexico and order one of these sandwiches, they are more than likely going to toast the bread. I’m skipping this step because I’m all about easy meals and cutting corners where I can. Busy moms understand! This yummy Torta de Jamón, or Mexican Ham Sandwich, is perfect for lunch or last minute dinner. It’s ready in minutes and sure to hit the spot. Hope you enjoy!
Torta de Jamón (Mexican Ham Sandwich)
- 1 telera or bolillo, sliced in half
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 slices ham
- 2 slices tomatoes
- 1 leaf lettuce thinly sliced
- Pickled jalapeños as many as you like
- Avocado slices optional
- Cut bread in half.
- Smear mayo on one side of the bread.
- To the bottom half of the bread, add ham, tomato, lettuce, jalapenos, and avocado (if using).
- Top with other half of the bread.
- You can toast the sandwich for a few minutes on each side over a hot griddle.
- Or skip altogether the toasting part, and enjoy!
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This looks like a lovely recipe. Any tips for vegetarians? What can we substitute the ham with?
Yes! I have been eating grilled tofu. Marinated in cilantro and jalapeno. Delicious!
Omg can we say yum?!? This looks like one delicious sandwich. Must give it a try!!!
I’m making these today for my construction workers. I’ll report back with their comments 😉
UPDATE: My Mexican workers loved the tortas. I watched 20 of them disappear in about 10 minutes! Thanks so much for the recipe, Maggie!