Carnitas Tortas #SundaySupper

Carnitas Tortas is a Mexican style pulled pork sandwich. Slow cooked pork roast is shredded and added to a bolillo roll with refried beans, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Carnitas Tortas- A Mexican Sandwich for Global Street Food #SundaySupper

This week’s #SundaySupper is all about Global Street Food and I decided to go with a Mexican-inspired sandwich. Slow cooker carnitas and refried beans on a bolillo roll are topped with cheese, lettuce, and tomato for a delicious Mexican spin on a pulled pork sandwich.

Carnitas Tortas

This Mexican sandwich is filled with delicious carnitas, refried beans, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Micha M


For the carnitas:

  • 3-5 pound Boston Butt/pork shoulder roast. Mine was a 5 pound bone in roast
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • To taste salt
  • To taste black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeño , seeded, ribs removed, and diced
  • 1/4 cup water

For the sandwiches:

  • 2 cups carnitas
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 4 deli slices of Cheddar or Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 8 slices tomato


For the carnitas:

  1. Place the pork roast in the liner of a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker. Combine the oil and oregano and rub over the roast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the garlic, onions, and jalapeño on top of the roast. Pour water in the slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 5-6 or until tender. Cool slightly and shred. Moisten with some of the cooking juices.

To assemble the sandwiches:

  1. Cut open the bolillo rolls and remove part of the inside of the bread on the bottom. Spread each roll with 1/4 cup of the beans, top with 1/2 cup of the carnitas, a slice of cheese, lettuce and tomato.

Recipe Notes

There will be more carnitas than needed for the sandwiches. Freeze the extra or enjoy in tacos or burritos the next night.

Carnitas adapted from Good Cheap Eats and Melissa d’Arabian

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  1. Well, I love Carnitas. And I love Tortas. And I love Carnitas Tortas. This looks ridiculous! 🙂

  2. Lane R (@supperforasteal) says

    I have had so much different Mexican food, but I have still never tried a torta. I think that needs to change soon.

  3. Oh, I love carnitas! Yours look terrific, Micha!

  4. juanitascocina says

    Gorgeous tortas! I love carnitas!

  5. Nothing like a good tortas, especially if it’s filled with carnitas!

  6. Oh, these sound like the perfect street food 🙂 ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  7. I love all things Mexican and I remember having these in San Diego! Lovely, thanks for bringing back memories and making my mouth water!! Bobbi *Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen*

  8. Great looking sandwich!! A great sandwich to sink your teeth into!!

  9. I love carnitas! And I wouldn’t mind sinking my teeth into that sandwich right now!

  10. Nice easy recipe. Thank you.

  11. I adore carnitas, and it’s been way too long since I’ve had a torta. Yours looks magnificent!
    Thanks for sharing

  12. Can’t go wrong with carnitas! This sounds great!

  13. Oh wow! I love carnitas and love tortas. This sounds perfect!

  14. Love Carnitas and your recipe sounds fantastic!!Cannot wait to try 🙂

  15. Seriously awesome sandwich. I could eat carnitas for days.

  16. I love pulled pork and Mexican flavor. I bed I’d love this sandwich!


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