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Lonche de Jamón- Mexican Sub Sandwich

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A Lonche is a popular sub sandwich in Jalisco, Mexico. In this recipe we’re using deli meat with lots of toppings for a quick and easy no-cook meal.

Assembled lonche de jamon on a white plate.

In Jalisco MX, Lonches are what you see pictured here, a sub sandwich with either deli meat or shredded meat, and toppings.

The term Torta is used interchangeable in different parts of Mexico for this same type sandwich. You may also see this called a Torta de Jamón.

However in Jalisco, there is a popular sandwich native to this area called a Torta Ahogado. Which translates to ‘drowned sandwich’.

Tortas Ahogadas are made using Birote Salado, a bolillo roll with a thick and crusty exterior, which holds up well to all the sauce that is poured on top of it.

How to Make a Lonche de Jamón

Lonches are easy to make, but using fresh quality ingredients are what make this sandwich exceptional!

Ingredients: lunch meat, cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, purple onions, jalapeno, and bread rolls.

Start with Fresh Bolillo rolls, which can be found at most grocery store bakeries these days. If you have a Mexican market close, then check there first.

Second, use quality meats and cheese. I got both Ham off the bone and oven roasted turkey from the deli counter.

Get all your toppings sliced and you’re ready to assemble.

Roll with mayo on one side and smashed avocado on the other.

Slice and toast your rolls, then spread mayo on the bottom and smashed avocado on the top. If you really love mayo you can spread it on both rolls and then do sliced or smashed avocado over it.

Then layer the deli meat, cheese, sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and sliced onions and pickled jalapenos.

Put the halves together and Enjoy!

Open faced lonche to show ingredients inside the sandwich.

Lonches de Jamón like most sandwiches are best eaten right away. However, If you don’t mind the bread getting soft, you can wrap the sandwich and store in the refrigerator.

Since there is avocado in the sandwich, I wouldn’t store it for more than one day.

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Completed lonche on a white plate.

Lonche de Jamón- Mexican Sub Sandwich

A Lonche is a Mexican Sub Sandwich with deli meat and toppings on a toasted bolillo roll
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 Bolillo Roll Sliced and Toasted
  • 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Avocado Smashed
  • 4 Slices Deli Ham or Turkey or both like I used
  • 2 Slices White American Cheese
  • Iceberg Lettuce Shredded thinly
  • Tomato Sliced
  • Purple Onion Sliced
  • Mexican Pickled Jalapeno Slices


  • Slice and toast a Bolillo Roll and prep all the toppings.
  • Spread mayonnaise on the bottom bun and smashed avocado on the top bun. Layer deli Ham or Turkey on the bottom, sliced cheese, sliced tomatoes, shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced onions, and sliced pickled jalapenos.


This is best eaten right away, however if you don’t mind the bread getting soft, you can wrap the sandwich and store in the refrigerator. Since there is avocado, I would only store it up to 1 day.
Check out these Jalicso Recipes:
Carne en su Jugo
Chilaquiles Rojo


Serving: 1gCalories: 777kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 38gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 2416mgPotassium: 622mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 479IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 460mgIron: 12mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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  1. will be making this soon can i use mushrooms \ vegan mayo and cheese as am a vegan can i use other bread for this as i dont have bolillo in Singapore can i skip lettuce as am not a big fan of it i never had mexican sub sandwich and mexican food before perfect for my after office meals sorry i took a break from commenting on your recipes as busy with work will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    1. Yes, Ramya you can customize it with what you have/need. I won’t taste the same, but I’m sure you will make it delicious!