Black Bean-Avocado Torta


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.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, or pinto beans, rinsed (see Note)

  • 3 tablespoons prepared salsa

  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted

  • 2 tablespoons minced onion

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 16- to 20-inch-long baguette, preferably whole-grain

  • 1 ⅓ cups shredded green cabbage


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

  2. 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.


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.

To make ahead

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
9g Fat
60g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 17g 62%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g 33%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Vitamin A 103IU 2%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Folate 116mcg 29%
Sodium 822mg 36%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 55mg 13%
Potassium 639mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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