A new friend from England asked me to re-post the recipe for Torta Ahogada Mexico’s Drowned sandwich. There are many different recipes for the sauce, which is as important as the sandwich. Some recipes use only arbol chiles while others also use chipotle peppers which add a smoky flavor to the sauce. Some recipes use shredded pork shoulder while others use chopped or finely diced pork. The pork filling is marinated in garlic and citrus, cooked slowly until crisp on the outside and well done in the middle. You don’t trim off all the fat because the meat soaks up the spicy salsa, so that the richness and fat of the meat balances the acidity of the spicy salsa.
- 3⁄4 oz. dried chiles de arbol (about 20), stemmed and seeded
- 3⁄4 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds, toasted
- 1 1⁄2 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. Sea salt
- 1⁄4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1⁄8 tsp. ground allspice
- 1⁄8 tsp. ground cloves
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 crusty bolillo or Italian roll
- 1 1⁄2 cups leftover roasted pork shoulder, chopped or shredded
- 1 Chipotle pepper (optional)
- Pickled onion and sliced radishes served on the side.
- Combine chiles, vinegar, pumpkin and sesame seeds, oregano, sea salt, cumin, allspice, cloves, (chipotle pepper in including) and garlic in a blender, and puree until very smooth.
- Pour through a medium strainer into a bowl, discard solids, and stir in 3⁄4 cup water.
- Split roll and toast lightly on the inside. Fill bottom half with pork.
- Add the top bun; pour chile de arbol sauce over sandwich, and let sit, so that the sauce soaks in.
- Serve the pickled onion and radish on the side allowing your guests to garnish as they wish...
I have posted the onion recipe in another article on this blog which you can find Here In Mexico Pickled onions are presented at the table for almost every lunch type meal served here. They are as important as offering at least two different salsas. There is a way to set a table that usually always includes the onions, a dish with jalapino and sliced hot carrots and a few salsa choices that I will share in an article at a later date.. Enjoy a Torta Ahogada Mexico’s Drowned Sandwich and be sure to top it with some pickled onions.
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