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Mexican Chicken Torta with Ancho-Lime Cream Sauce Recipe

A Mexican sandwich recipe made with shredded chicken, served on torta bread rolls and topped with a creamy, tangy ancho-lime sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 196kcal


  • 10-12 ounces chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 ancho peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ small onion chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth or Mexican style beer
  • 2 torta buns toasted (if you can't find torta buns, you can use other bread rolls)


  • 1-2 tablespoons reserved ancho paste recipe below
  • 4 tablespoons crema
  • Juice from half a lime
  • Roasted jalapeno peppers for topping
  • Hot sauce for serving


  • Heat a pan to medium heat and hit it with some olive oil.
  • Seasoning the chicken breasts with garlic powder, taco seasoning and salt. Sear each side a couple minutes, then reduce heat.
  • Add chicken broth or beer and let it sizzle up. Cover and cook it nice and slow about 30 minutes or so. If it dries out, just add a bit more broth or beer.
  • While the chicken is cooking, add the ancho peppers to a small pot with about a cup of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let it steep about 20 minutes or so.
  • Seed and stem the anchos and add to a food processor with the garlic, onion, and a couple tablespoons of the ancho water. Process to a thin paste.
  • Add the paste to the pan with the chicken, but reserve a couple tablespoons.
  • Add the reserved ancho paste with crema and lime juice. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • When the chicken is ready, shred it with a fork and set onto toasted buns.
  • Top with your ancho-lime cream sauce (crema), sliced jalapeno peppers and your favorite hot sauce.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3825IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.4mg