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Seven Must Try Tortas to Eat All Over Las Vegas

Eat the Mexican sandwich between crusty telera or bolillo for a change in pace

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The Mexican favorite sandwich the torta takes ingredients typically takes ingredients found in a taco and slathers them between a crusty sliced bolillo or telera. In Guadalajara, torta ahogada is popular, with the sandwich drenched in salsa. The French occupation of Mexico in the 1860s introduced baguettes to Mexican cuisine and may have introduced the sandwich to Mexican culture. In Las Vegas, tortas find a home on many a Mexican restaurant menu. Here a look at seven to try.

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1. Carnitas y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara

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640 N Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 482-4942
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Carnitas y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara specializes in drenched tortas and Michoacan-style carnitas.

A torta, a bottle of Pacifico, and a napkin
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2. Juarez Border Food

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412 N Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 242-0055
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Step up to the window that sits inside a window on a food truck painted on the exterior to order tortas filled with chicaron, chili Colorado, lengua, barbacoa, and more. Dine in and takeout available.

Four tortas on paper plates
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3. El Birotazo

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4262 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 888-0858
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Guadalajaran-style ahogada tortas with carnitas are the specialty at Sunrise’s El Birotazo.

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4. El Zarape

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5333 S Arville St #102
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 570-7766

The roster of tortas at El Zarape includes gigantes versions of ahogada, al pastor, carne asada, carnitas, chorizo with eggs, and even a ham and cheese and Cuban rendition. Order at the window and dine outside.

5. Carnitas King

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6030 W Windmill Ln
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 527-6883
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Try the tortas de carnitas at Carnitas King with its sides of rice, beans, and tortillas. Order online for takout.

A torta with a pepper and carrot slice on a plate
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6. Las Cazuelas

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9711 S Eastern Ave H8
Las Vegas, NV 89183
(702) 837-0204
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Las Cazuelas — which translates from Spanish as earthenware cooking pot, stewpot, or casserole — features a collection of tortas stuffed with pierna, carnitas, albondigas, jamon, or carne asada, pastor, or pollo. Order takeout and delivery on the restaurant’s website, as well as on Seamless and GrubHub.

A pork leg torta
Torta de pierna at Las Cazuelas
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7. Tortas Vegas

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10890 S Eastern Ave Suite 111
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 665-4937
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Chef JC Pavlovich — who worked with Bobby Flay, Julian Medina, and Todd English and served as sous chef to both Medina and Flay on Iron Chef America for multiple battles — adds a contemporary twist to traditional Mexican tortas. The cochinita tortas come with slow-roasted achiote pork shoulder, sweet pickled onion, habanero, avocado spread, and shaved cabbage, while versions with carne asada, beef Milanesa, pastor adobo carnitas, and veggies are available. Order online for takeout and delivery.

A torta with carrots and meat
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1. Carnitas y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara

640 N Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
A torta, a bottle of Pacifico, and a napkin
Carnitas y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara
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Carnitas y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara specializes in drenched tortas and Michoacan-style carnitas.

640 N Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

2. Juarez Border Food

412 N Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Four tortas on paper plates
Juarez Border Food
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Step up to the window that sits inside a window on a food truck painted on the exterior to order tortas filled with chicaron, chili Colorado, lengua, barbacoa, and more. Dine in and takeout available.

412 N Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

3. El Birotazo

4262 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
A drenched torta
El Birotazo
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Guadalajaran-style ahogada tortas with carnitas are the specialty at Sunrise’s El Birotazo.

4262 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

4. El Zarape

5333 S Arville St #102, Las Vegas, NV 89118

The roster of tortas at El Zarape includes gigantes versions of ahogada, al pastor, carne asada, carnitas, chorizo with eggs, and even a ham and cheese and Cuban rendition. Order at the window and dine outside.

5333 S Arville St #102
Las Vegas, NV 89118

5. Carnitas King

6030 W Windmill Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89139
A torta with a pepper and carrot slice on a plate
Carnitas King
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Try the tortas de carnitas at Carnitas King with its sides of rice, beans, and tortillas. Order online for takout.

6030 W Windmill Ln
Las Vegas, NV 89139

6. Las Cazuelas

9711 S Eastern Ave H8, Las Vegas, NV 89183
A pork leg torta
Torta de pierna at Las Cazuelas
Las Cazuelas [Official Site]

Las Cazuelas — which translates from Spanish as earthenware cooking pot, stewpot, or casserole — features a collection of tortas stuffed with pierna, carnitas, albondigas, jamon, or carne asada, pastor, or pollo. Order takeout and delivery on the restaurant’s website, as well as on Seamless and GrubHub.

9711 S Eastern Ave H8
Las Vegas, NV 89183

7. Tortas Vegas

10890 S Eastern Ave Suite 111, Henderson, NV 89052
A torta with carrots and meat
Tortas Vegas
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Chef JC Pavlovich — who worked with Bobby Flay, Julian Medina, and Todd English and served as sous chef to both Medina and Flay on Iron Chef America for multiple battles — adds a contemporary twist to traditional Mexican tortas. The cochinita tortas come with slow-roasted achiote pork shoulder, sweet pickled onion, habanero, avocado spread, and shaved cabbage, while versions with carne asada, beef Milanesa, pastor adobo carnitas, and veggies are available. Order online for takeout and delivery.

10890 S Eastern Ave Suite 111
Henderson, NV 89052

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