Torta Ahogada Guadalajara

Torta Ahogada is an iconic sandwich from the city of Guadalajara. It consists of a carnitas sub sandwich smothered in a tomato sauce and sliced white onions.

Tortas Ahogadas date back to the early 1900's, and came about as a mistake. A customer wanted some extra salsa on the their torta, but the employee accidently dropped the whole sandwich in the salsa, 'drowning it'. The customer still ate it and said it was delicious!

For the filling, simply cook pork with some dried chilis, garlic, onion, bay leaf and salt.

Remove pork from pot and shred. You can also place it under the broiler to crisp.

For the 'Drowning Sauce', boil whole roma tomatoes until soft (5 min). Then slice a white onion.

Add the boiled tomatoes to a blender with some salt and puree. Pour hot tomato sauce over sliced onions to marinate.

Traditionally Tortas Ahogadas are made with birote salado. It's very similar to a sourdough baguette. I used a store-bought French baguette that you finish baking at home. This makes your house smell like a bakery!

Since the tomato sauce is not spicy, we're going to add a spicy chile de arbol salsa.

To assemble the torta ahogada, spread a layer of beans on each side of the bread, add pork, spicy salsa, then drown in the tomato & onion sauce.

Don't eat this sandwich with a fork! It's meant to be messy and enjoyed with your hands!  Have lots of napkins handy.

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