The Torta Ahogada ( drowned torta ) is a famous sandwich from the Mexican state of Jalisco, particularly in the city of Guadalajara. It was said to be accidentally invented in the early 1900s. The story goes that Don Ignacio “Nacho” Saldaña was in his 30s when he started working for Luis De La Torre. De La Torre’s father, Saldaña says, was a vendor in one of the city’s central plazas, selling ordinary tortas. One day, Saldaña recounts, a customer requested a little bit of spicy salsa on his torta, but the senior De La Torre accidentally dropped the whole torta in the container. “You drowned it!” the customer cried, before eating it anyway. And the rest is history. Traditionally it is a roasted pork filling drowned in a salsa de Arbol. – Chef Jorge Guzman

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