Cemita, a Pueblan Style Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwich

Cemita Mexican pulled pork sandwich recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serving: 1 serving

Similar to the torta, the Cemita is a Mexican sandwich that comes from the Puebla region of Mexico. Typically stuffed with a variety of fried meats, avocado, queso, chipotles and red sauce, this sandwich is super versatile while also being super delicious.

So where does the name come from? 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 we prefer to smush the bread down, creating a thicker surface so the sandwich can stay together better. 


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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 cilantro or papalo
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican string cheese, queso Oaxaca
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 1/2 small avocado, sliced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cemita Mexican pulled pork sandwich
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  2.  Begin by splitting the cemita in half with a serrated knife.

    Split cemita
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  3. Using the back of a spoon, press down on the interior sides of the bun so little indented pockets form to hold all the sandwich ingredients in.

    Press down on sandwich bread
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  4. Add a half tablespoon of adobo sauce to each side of the bun and then add half the chipotle peppers on top of each half as well.

    Add half tablespoon of adobo sauce
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  5. 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.

    Add pork and avocado
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  6. Close the sandwich and wrap tightly in butcher paper.

    Close sandwich
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  7. Slice it down the middle and serve. 

    Slice it down middle
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  8. Enjoy!

    Mexican cemita
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