Mexican-Style Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

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Mexican-Style Grilled Vegetable SandwichRecipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

This classic Mexican sandwich, or torta, swaps the usual meat for colorful grilled summer vegetables. The traditional black bean spread adds protein and acts as a moisture barrier so the bread stays extra crispy.

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich quarter)


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1 large red bell pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
Cooking spray
1 large zucchini, cut lengthwise into (1/4-inch-thick) slices
1 small red onion, cut into (1/4-inch-thick) slices
1 (12-ounce) ciabatta bread loaf, halved horizontally
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 ounces reduced-fat pepper-Jack cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)


1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 11 minutes or until blackened. Wrap pepper halves in foil. Let stand 5 minutes; peel. Cut into strips.

3. Place juice, oregano, oil, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground red pepper, and beans in the bowl of a food processor; pulse 5 times or until coarsely chopped.

4. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Arrange zucchini and onion slices on pan; grill 5 minutes on each side.

5. Hollow out top and bottom halves of bread, leaving a 1-inch-thick shell. Spread black bean mixture over bottom half of bread; top with zucchini, onion, and bell pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, salt, and cheese. Top with top half of bread. Coat both sides of sandwich with cooking spray. Place sandwich on grill pan; top with a heavy skillet. Grill 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts. Remove sandwich from pan; cut into quarters.

Created date

April 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 360
Fat 10.1 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Monofat 4.8 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 15 g
Carbohydrate 55 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 7 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 722 mg
Calcium 69 mg