“Torta” can mean pie, cake, tart, (or something much more vulgar), but in this case, it refers to a sandwich. There are many varieties of Mexican tortas, but here is my recipe for Mexican Tortas de Jamón, (Mexican Ham Sandwiches).
Mexican Tortas de Jamón
*Deli thin-sliced ham
*Cheese of your choice (I prefer Pepper Jack)
*Pickled jalapeño rings (optional)
Slice open telera rolls. Lay open on a baking sheet and place under broiler for a minute until slightly browned. Remove and spread on mayonnaise and a spoonful of refried beans. Place a few slices of ham and a slice of cheese on the other side and put under the broiler until cheese begins to melt. Remove and top with lettuce, tomato, avocado and jalapeño rings.