|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 77g||99%|
|Saturated Fat 23g||117%|
|Total Carbohydrate 104g||38%|
|Dietary Fiber 26g||93%|
|Total Sugars 24g|
|Vitamin C 50mg||251%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Similar to the torta, the cemita is a Mexican sandwich that comes from the Puebla region of Mexico. Typically stuffed with fried meat, avocado, queso, chipotles, and papalo (a fragrant Mexican herb), this sandwich is quite versatile. Instead of crispy breaded chicken, beef, or pork, a cemita can be stuffed with shredded meat, as in this recipe.
The cemita gets its name from the type of bun that this sandwich is served on. A cemita is typically made from an eggy batter and is topped with sesame seeds when baked. Some people scoop out the bread to better hold the ingredients, but you can also smoosh the bread down, creating a thicker surface so the sandwich can stay together better.
This sandwich is a meal within itself and typically is eaten alone. If you think you have enough room for a side, grab some chips or fries to go along with it.
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1 cemita bun, or other round sesame seed or high-fat bun
1 tablespoon canned adobo sauce
2 canned chipotle peppers, sliced into strips
1/4 cup cooked Mexican pulled pork
1 tablespoon chopped papalo or cilantro
1/4 cup queso Oaxaca, shredded Mexican string cheese
4 slices tomato
1/2 small avocado, sliced
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Split the cemita in half with a serrated knife.
Using the back of a spoon, press down on the interior sides of the bun so little indented pockets form to hold in all the sandwich ingredients.
Add a 1/2 tablespoon of adobo sauce to each side of the bun and then divide the chipotle peppers between each side.
Add the pork to the bottom half of the bun and then add the papalo (or cilantro), queso Oaxaca, tomato, and avocado to the top half.
Close the sandwich and wrap tightly in butcher paper.
Slice it down the middle and serve.
- If you'd like to make this Pueblan cemita more traditional, instead of the pulled pork, fill the sandwich with a breaded and fried pork cutlet, or pork Milanese. You can also use chicken or beef.
- Mozzarella cheese is a good substitute for Queso Oaxaca if this cheese isn't available in your store.
What Is Papalo?
Papalo is a Mexican herb with a distinctive flavor. It is floral, with what some describe as a soapy taste. If this sounds unappealing, or you can't find papalo, substitute with cilantro.