Warm spicy Drowned Carnitas Party Sandwiches (Torta Ahogada) are a fabulous way to spice up any gathering!
Lt. Dan likes to tease me about my chips and salsa addiction.
He calls them my kryptonite, and often tells people I could eat my weight in tortillas chips if given the opportunity. In fact, we can’t keep chips in the house, because I am unable to keep my hands out of the bag.
In all honesty, this addiction goes way beyond chips and salsa. I am crazy over Mexican food in all its glorious forms and fashions.
If it’s rolled or wrapped in a tortilla, I’m always game. However, I also like to explore the tortilla-less varieties of Mexican cuisine, like classic Torta Ahogada, drowned sandwiches smothered in red sauce.
Today’s recipe, Drowned Carnitas Party Sandwiches, is a play on traditional Torta Ahogada made on small tender yeast rolls, baked in a large batch for sharing.
The carnitas can be made several days ahead so you aren’t in a rush on the day you plan to serve the Drowned Carnitas Party Sandwiches.
Right before your party, cut soft bakery rolls open and add the shredded carnitas. Top them with a couple small squares of muenster cheese and Old El Paso Pickled Jalapeños. The cheese will melt and ooze over the carnitas in the oven, while the pickled jalapeños offer a bright pop of vinegar and spice.
Top each mini sandwich with its roll top and place them in the oven to warm and allow the cheese to melt.
Finally, pour another can of Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce over the tops of the sandwiches to drown them, and pop them back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
The Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce not only seasons the slow cooker carnitas, it provides bold spicy flavor to the saturated rolls. You can use mild, medium, or hot enchilada sauce to suit your tastebuds.
These little sloppy cheesy party sandwiches are pure Mexican bliss and the highlight of any gathering!
Eat them by hand and lick your fingers clean afterward, or eat them with a fork.
Either way, you will not be able to resist Drowned Carnitas Party Sandwiches.
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