Tortas del Santuario/ Pork Loin Sandwiches

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Tortas del Santuario or Pork Loin Sandwiches are decadent and perfect for a holiday or special occasion. The marinade for the pork loin includes Guajillo chile peppers, garlic cloves, ground black pepper, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, bay leaf, dried oregano, coarse salt, apple cider vinegar, and water. It is a sweet and savory pork sandwich that is topped with refried beans, lettuce, radishes, onion and tomato sauce. Use sourdough bread or a baguette.


  • marinade
  • 2 chile peppers (Guajillo)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf (small)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 pound pork loin (with bone)
  • sandwich
  • refried beans
  • lettuce (chopped)
  • radishes (chopped)
  • chopped onion (marinated in lemon juice)
  • sourdough loaf (or baguette)
  • pork loin (cut into thin slices)
  • tomato sauce


  1. Place the chile peppers into a small pot of water and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let the peppers soak in the water for 10 minutes until they become soft.
  2. Add the peppers, garlic, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, oregano, salt, vinegar, and water to a food processor.
  3. Cover the pork loin with the mixture and marinate overnight, flipping the pork loin occasionally.
  4. Place the meat and the marinade into a covered pot and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover the pot and let the meat cook for another 20 minutes.
  6. Once the meat is ready, cut it into thin slices
  7. Cut the bread in half and lightly toast it
  8. Spread the refried beans on one slice and then place the lettuce, radishes, slices of meat, and onions on top.
  9. Add some tomato sauce on top and cover the sandwich with the other half of the bread.
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Debbie H. 7 Jun 2015
Tortas are gourmet Mexican sandwiches that don't cost much to make, but taste expensive. Traditional tortas have sour cream slathered on them and are topped with lots of thick slices of fresh avocado. We use a lot of different meats on ours, but this pork loin tastes great. The bread is really important to get the perfect torta. You have to find it at Mexican bakeries usually.