Drowned Beef Sandwich with Chipotle Sauce (Torta Ahogada)


Served with a spicy beef broth for dipping, these roast beef sandwiches on crusty rolls—a variation on a traditional Mexican 'drowned sandwich'—make a hearty lunch or quick dinner.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 12 ounces chipotle cooking sauce (such a Knorr®)

  • 1 (14 ounce) can reduced-sodium beef broth

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef

  • 4 bolillo rolls, halved and lightly toasted

  • 4 sprigs fresh cilantro, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Combine chipotle cooking sauce, beef broth, and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir garlic into onion and cook for 1 minute. Add roast beef and 1/4 cup chipotle sauce mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

  3. Ladle remaining chipotle sauce mixture into 4 bowls for dipping. Spoon roast beef mixture onto the bottom half of each bun, top with a cilantro sprig, and place the top on each bun. Dip sandwiches into sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

569 Calories
15g Fat
71g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 569
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 2009mg 87%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 632mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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