You've probably heard the word "torta" before. Maybe you're thinking, "Oh, I know, it's a cake." But that's not the kind of torta we mean. We're talking about the Mexican torta -- a hearty sandwich filled with the kinds of toppings you'd expect to find in a taco or burrito (refried beans, queso, avocado, jalapeño, etc.). But unlike tacos and burritos, tortas aren't made with tortillas. Instead they're made with crusty buns called bollilos. Filling-wise you can pack it with grilled steak or chicken, slow-cooked pork, chorizo or anything you like. We've got 10 amazing torta recipes in the slideshow below. You'll see they're more than just any average sandwich.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/midnight-tortas_n_1058556.html" target="_hplink">Midnight Tortas recipe</a></strong> Looking for the perfect snack after a long night of revelry? This torta made with fried eggs, spinach, pork belly and roasted jalapeños will surely hit the spot.
Grilled Chicken Torta With Chipotle Crema
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.randeesorganizedchaos.com/2012/06/yuuuumy-what-i-made-is-awesome-grilled.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Chicken Torta with Chipotle Crema recipe from Randee's Organized Chaos</a></strong> This isn't just your average grilled chicken torta. The chicken is rubbed with achiote paste and a number of Mexican spices. Dressing it with a chipotle crema adds a nice level of heat.
Tortas De Milanesa
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.spiciefoodie.com/2012/07/13/tortas-de-milanesa-or-pork-cutlet-sandwiches/" target="_hplink">Tortas de Milanesa recipe from Spicie Foodie</a></strong> This is one of the most classic and heartiest tortas out there made with a breaded pork cutlet. You also have the typical topping of refried beans, crema, avocado, sliced onion and jalapeño.
Kalua Pork Taco With Pineapple Salsa
<strong>Get the <a href="http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/kalua-pork-torta-with-pineapple-salsa/" target="_hplink">Kalua Pork Torta with Pineapple Salsa recipe from Everyday Southwest</a></strong> This torta takes inspiration from the Hawaiian pork roast that's cooked underground except this version does it with pork shoulder in the slow cooker. A pineapple salsa adds a nice level of tang.
Hot Dog Torta
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplecomfortfood.com/2012/05/09/mexican-torta-hot-dog/" target="_hplink">Hot Dog Torta recipe from Simple Comfort Food</a></strong> This Mexican-American torta has a fried hot dog at the center with refried beans, avocado and melted queso. Kids and adults alike will love the mashup of flavors.
Vegan Pibil Torta
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.namelymarly.com/2011/03/americas-top-10-new-sandwiches-veganized-pibil-torta-sandwich/" target="_hplink">Vegan Pibil Torta recipe from Namely Marly</a></strong> No pigs were harmed in the making of this pibil torta. Instead of meat, it features a medley of sautéed mushrooms, bean spread and pickled red onions on a homemade bollilos (bun).
Mexican Tortas With Chorizo And Black Beans
<strong>Get the <a href="http://thelittlegsp.com/2012/07/15/mexican-tortas/" target="_hplink">Mexican Tortas with Chorizo and Black Beans recipe from The Little GSP</a></strong> Crumbled Mexican chorizo, mashed beans, sliced queso and avocado go into making this hearty torta. If you like yours spicy, drizzle with hot sauce like Cholula.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.pink-parsley.com/2012/03/mexican-style-steak-sandwiches.html" target="_hplink">Steak Torta recipe from Pink Parsley</a></strong> These Mexican sandwiches feature grilled flank steak with refried beans, avocado, chipotle cream and shredded pepper Jack cheese. Feel free to use flatiron or skirt steak.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tijuana-torta_n_1061769.html" target="_hplink">Tijuana Torta recipe</a></strong> This torta has all the flavor and the fillings of your favorite taco. As a vegetarian version, it's stuffed with mashed beans, salsa, pickled jalapeño and shredded cabbage.
Homemade Chorizo Tortas
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/homemade-chorizo-tortas_n_1062440.html" target="_hplink">Homemade Chorizo Tortas recipe</a></strong> When you can't find authentic chorizo to make your torta, try this recipe, which spices up lean ground pork or turkey with chile powder. It includes mashed beans and avocado, and queso fresco.