Turkey Torta

Turkey Torta Mexican Turkey Sandwich

Chopped turkey leftovers, seasoned and sauteed piled into a Mexican sandwich!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


  • 2 lb Turkey chopped
  • 6 Bolillo Bread
  • 1 White Onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves diced diced
  • 2 Tbsp Pork Lard
  • 24oz Refried Beans

Turkey Seasonings

  • 1 Tbsp Adobo Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Meat seasoner (we like Dash original)
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • 1 Shredded Lettuce
  • 3 Roma Tomato sliced
  • 1 White Onion sliced
  • 1 jar Pickled jalapeños
  • 3 Sliced Avocado
  • 1 jar Crema Mexicana
  • 1 jar Salsa Roja


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • On a hot skillet, sauté diced onion over olive oil or pork fat; when translucent, add garlic.
  • After a few minutes, add turkey & spices and combine thoroughly. When mixture is aromatic, lower heat and turn off after 2 minutes.
  • Warm your refried beans of choice in a separate skillet.

Torta Sandwich Assembly

  • Carefully cut bolillo breads on the side. Lightly butter top and bottom.
  • Gently spread beans on the bottom layer of each bolillo bread.
  • Place a spoonful of turkey meat over the beans and cover with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for 5-7 min or until cheese melts.
  • When tortas come out, spread Mexican crema on the inside of the top of bolillo bread.
  • Have your assembly line of toppings ready. When toasty tortas come out of the oven, customize tortas with preferred toppings. I like my torta piled high with all the things!
  • Serve with your favorite fries
Keyword authentic mexican, torta, turkey leftovers, turkey sandwich

In true Mexican-American tradition, my family participated in a traditional Turkey dinner the day of Thanksgiving, with all the usual mayhem: The kids with assigned chores; The disinfecting of every surface of the kitchen so my dad could take over turkey time. My mom would get out her special tablecloth, china, and holiday goblets. At the end of the day, we’d all get dressed up and celebrate. Not sure why we dressed up. Most years it was only us. I suppose it was necessary for the yearly timed, picture my dad would set up.

My parents would make all the traditional staples: turkey, gravy, corn and green beans, and of course mashed potatoes. It was a delicious meal, but my favorite part however, was knowing that even after the great feast, we got to look forward to the Thanksgiving torta.

The day after Thanksgiving was unofficially, official Torta Day in my house! Torta de Pavo. A Mexican turkey sandwich. The turkey tortas my mom makes are so delicious, so comforting, dare I say it rivals the entire Thanksgiving meal?! Ok, that’s going far but if you make these, you’ll see why it’s such a delicious tradition and how Chad’s family has grown to welcome this torta tradition! .

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Chef Bio


Hi! My name is Sarah. My family in Mexico calls me Sarita. I love cooking and sharing the homemade meals my mom prepared for me when I was a child. At Casa Sarita, if there’s food, there’s a fiesta! I’m so glad you are here!

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