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9 September 2013

A recipe for classic Mexican-style chicken tortas, made with seasoned and shredded chicken, topped with refried beans, Mexican crema, tomato, onions and your favorite hot sauce.

We go out for Mexican food frequently. There are several excellent independently-owned Mexican restaurants nearby, and we love the variety from place to place. It is interesting to note the flavor differences from the same basic recipe, especially the classic Chicken Torta.

A torta is essentially a Mexican-style sandwich. The flavor variations come from the toppings but primarily the method used to cook the meat. I can’t say that I like one over any of the others, but the style and seasonings depend on my mood.

Do I want grilled and chopped chicken today? Or slow cooked pulled chicken?

We cooked some at home this weekend and opted for a slower cook method, then shredding the chicken, much like one of our favorite local places.

You can easily vary your toppings, such as guacamole, roasted jalapeno peppers or even roasted habanero peppers for those who can handle the heat, and your own homemade salsa or hot sauce.

Try this with homemade Salsa Roja or Salsa Verde.

Try Some of My Other Popular Sandwich Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Mexican-Style Chicken Torta - Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins
 
A recipe for classic Mexican-style chicken tortas, made with seasoned and shredded chicken, topped with refried beans, Mexican crema, tomato, onions and your favorite hot sauce.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 2
Calories: 431 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 sandwich sized Mexican torta bread loaves
  • 1 teaspoon butter or equivalent of oil
  • 1 cup refried beans warmed
  • 2 tablespoons crema
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • ½ small onion chopped
  • Favorite Hot Sauce
Instructions
  1. Chop the chicken breast, then lightly oil.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Or, you can use a store bought taco seasoning mix.
  3. Rub the chicken with your seasoning mixture.
  4. Heat a pan to medium-high heat and sear the chicken on each side, about 1 minute per side.
  5. Add to a slow cooker with 2 cups water and cook on medium-low for about 4 hours, until chicken is very fork tender.
  6. Once chicken is ready, drain and shred the chicken with a fork. Set aside.
  7. Lightly butter the torta slices and grill them lightly.
  8. To each sandwich bottom, spread warmed refried bean, then add chicken and crema. Top with tomato, onion, hot sauce or other fixings.
  9. Serve!
Nutrition Facts
Mexican-Style Chicken Torta - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 1117mg 47%
Potassium 750mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 8g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 39.2%
Vitamin C 14.3%
Calcium 13.4%
Iron 20.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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