Torta Melts

Open-faced bean and quesadilla cheese sandwiches topped with roast pork, tomato and fire-roasted poblano salsa.


Tomato and Fire-Roasted Poblano Salsa

  • 2 fire-roasted medium poblano peppers, diced
  • 2 cups diced Roma or plum tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp minced pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt


  • 2-3 slices telera bread, halved
  • 1 can(16 oz.) fat-free refried beans, reheated
  • 7 oz. Crystal Farms Shredded Quesadilla
  • 3 cups shredded carnitas or roast pork, reheated
  • 1 tsp chipotle mayonnaise, to taste
Recommended Crystal Farms Product Substitutions: Crystal Farms Shredded Asadero


  • Heat the broiler. Make the salsa. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Adjust the heat with jalapeño peppers and salt to taste.
  • Divide all ingredients into equal parts and top the bread halves in the following order:
  • Spread the refried beans on the bread.
  • Sprinkle the cheese on the bread to cover the refried beans.
  • Place the bread under the broiler to melt the shredded Quesadilla cheese, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the lettuce, followed by the pork, and the mayonnaise.
  • Garnish with the salsa.

Tips from Guatemalan Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard:

  • Telera bread is freshly baked Mexican bread sold at most Latin markets and some major grocery chains in the United States. French bread cut into 6-inch pieces can be a good substitute.
  • For variety, substitute the pork for roasted shredded chicken or grilled chopped beef.
  • Roast the peppers under an open flame on the stovetop turning with tongs ever so often to allow for even charring. This will take 3-5 minutes. Alternatively, char the peppers under a broiler until medium blackened, about 3 minutes per side. Seed and devein the peppers under cold running water. Do not remove the burnt skin.

  • Carnitas or roast pork are available on weekends at most Mexican grocery stores. Call in advance to check for availability.

  • Reheat the beans in the microwave for 1 minute.
  • Reheat the shredded pork under the broiler for 2 minutes.
  • Chipotle mayonnaise is available at most grocery stores.