A Mexican-style torta is just like a burrito, except the “wrapper” is a hollowed-out roll instead of a tortilla. Here it's filled with mashed spiced black beans and a quick guacamole. Take this vegetarian version to another level (and add calcium) by melting Monterey Jack cheese onto the bean side of the sandwich. Serve with: Grilled corn on the cob or Spanish rice.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008

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Recipe Summary

total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Mash beans, salsa, jalapeno and cumin in a small bowl. Mash avocado, onion and lime juice in another small bowl.

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  • Cut baguette into 4 equal lengths. Split each piece in half horizontally. Pull out most of the soft bread from the center so you're left with mostly crust. Divide the bean paste, avocado mixture and cabbage evenly among the sandwiches. Cut each in half and serve.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the bean mixture (Step 1) for up to 3 days.

Note: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (This recipe is analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Nutrition Facts

354 calories; protein 16.7g 34% DV; carbohydrates 60.4g 20% DV; exchange other carbs 4; dietary fiber 17.4g 70% DV; sugars 2.6g; fat 8.9g 14% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 103.3IU 2% DV; vitamin c 18.8mg 31% DV; folate 116.1mcg 29% DV; calcium 55.5mg 6% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 54.9mg 20% DV; potassium 639.1mg 18% DV; sodium 822.2mg 33% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 20% DV.

Reviews (20)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2019
Such a great vegetarian lunch option. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2019
I thought this was pretty good. I used bread from Jimmy Johns which held up nicely without getting soggy between when I made it in the morning and lunch time. I added cilantro which I thought really completed it. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/06/2017
This has potential but as written was not a hit in our family. It was very messy to eat and the flavor was just ok. Next time I will heat the beans before mashing add additional flavor with chipotle pepper toast the bread and add cheese. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2016
? hey. i know this is not a review but can you guys tell me how much all of this costs? Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2013
Tasty Quick Meal I made this with a lot of changes however it came out fantastic. The bean paste I made as the recipe intended except I added salt and pepper and a few more jalapenos. The avocado mixture I made as directed but then stirred in some fresh chopped tomatoes at the end. I didn't use the right type of cabbage however whichever kind I used turned out fine (I salted and peppered the cabbage as well). I didn't have any bread handy so I decided to make this meal more like a tostada. I baked some corn tortillas until they were crispy then added the bean mixture until the beans were warmed through. Then I topped the tostadas with the avocado and cabbage. With all my changes the meal turned out great! I thought the tostadas added some extra crunch which really added some much needed texture to the dish. The seasoning was definitely necessary and the tomatoes added a nice bit of flavor as well. I will definitely make it this way again! Pros: quick healthy Cons: could use a little more seasoning Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2013
My daughter will like this too! We were just looking for lighter lunch fare on a weekend and this popped up. Tried it today with our homemade salsa and pickled jalapenos. We think it is very good and filling. No meat needed. I look forward to serving this when our daughter visits next month. I think she will approve! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2013
Bean sandwich I made this for a lunch group and the other 2 said it was good. I thought it needed meat. The beans needed a bit more flavor and it was messy to eat. It was really just bean tacos on bread. Pros: Veggie fresh tasting Cons: Needs flavor and fat Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2013
very tasty and very easy to make This was a great quick weeknight meal. You don't even miss the meat! I put some garlic powder in the beans. I added cheese as well went a little spicier with pepper jack and broiled it on top of the beans and bottom half of the roll to melt it. Served with frozen corn on the side...quick and easy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2012
yummy easy sandwich Did not expect my husband to like this especially when i referred to the beans as bean paste. But he actually devoured his. I think he was surprised too lol. He's not exactly one to try new things. But this was good. Used the food processor to mash the bean mixture together...then did the same with the avocado mixture. after spreading the bean mixture on the bread I added a little grilled chicken that was in the fridge and sprinkled a little shredded cheese and put it under the broiler til it was melty then used the other side of bread spread the avo mixture and added a heap of cabbage and slapped it on top of the bean side. Turned out pretty good I have to admit. Thanks for the idea for something different. Pros: different flavorful healthy Cons: had to break out the food processor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2012
Quick easy and delicious My husband and I love this as a quick week night meal. He doesn't even complain that there is no meat! Pros: fast easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2012
Wonderful First time I made this I made it exactly as written and it was wonderful...the second time I made it I was being lazy and threw everything except the bread into the food processor...was just as good. Used it as a spread with sliced pork sandwich. So good! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2012
Excellent We used tortillas for this recipe. It was so simple and so delicious. I love this website it has so many tasty recipes! Pros: Easy flavourful Cons: use tortillas Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
i love this site everything i've cooked from here so far has been great! this though i used lettuce instead of cabbage and now i see how cabbage would have been better and i left out the jalapenos because of my son which i couldn't even get him to try this anyways and i know it won't fill my husband this would have been better for just a couple days of lunch for me or something since i'm the only one who enjoys healthy food in this house. i liked it but i was def missing the jalapenos. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This one's a keeper! We layered this on top of organic nacho chips and it was delicious! -Louise Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was really good! I was afraid my family wouldn't like it but they devoured it and asked to have it again some time. I didn't add the jalapenos because a few people don' t like them but I will do it next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! Super easy and cheap to make and it wasn't too heavy at all. I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We have made this several times and love it each time. We've made it both with the melted cheese and without. I have to say I like it better with the cheese. It is our go to dish on a really hot summer night! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I really enjoyed these. I'm always looking for healthy veg dishes that are filling and these are exactly that. Lots of flavor! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I would have preferred this as a wrap. The flavors are good but the bread seemed out of place. I'll make a taco out of anything so that's probably why I think this would be better served in a tortilla. Perhaps I would have liked it more if I'd added the melted cheese. Come to think of it this would probably be good open-faced with cheese melted over it. Anyway I love Eating Well's recipes but this isn't a keeper for me. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I absolutely LOVED this. I'm definitely going to try it with melted cheese next time. It was delicious filling and I love that this doubles as an excellent addition to a salad (I took the leftovers tossed it together with some spinach lettuce and a little extra salsa. Will be making this many more times in the future! Read More