Toasted Ham & Cheese Tortas

I really hate to find I am out of a needed item when I am cooking, and I try to prevent that from happening by always keeping a running list on my iPhone so I don't forget to buy what I need when I'm at the grocery store. On Christmas Eve though, I discovered I was short of mayonnaise, so I asked my husband to stop by the store and buy a jar for me, as I was very busy with the cooking. He was happy to help, but he doesn't usually do the grocery shopping. I specified I wanted Hellman's mayonnaise, and I thought that would be an easy mission. He brought home some Hellman's mayo, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Instead of the regular mayo I needed and usually buy, he bought mayo with lime juice. Hmm, interesting mayo. I couldn't use it for my intended recipe, but on closer inspection I saw there was a recipe on the back of the jar for Toasted Ham and Cheese Tortas that sounded very good. I set the jar aside and called my daughter to ask her to bring a jar of regular Hellman's mayo.
The Christmas Eve meal went as planned, but I just couldn't forget about that Torta recipe on the back of the lime mayo jar.

These sandwiches kept calling my name.

Toasted Ham & Cheese Tortas

1/4 cup Hellman's mayo with lime juice
1 medium chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
4 Italian rolls, split and toasted
1 ripe avocado, sliced
3/4 pound thinly sliced smoked ham
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese (I used shredded cheddar)
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine mayo with chipotle pepper. Spread mayo mixture on rolls, evenly top with avocado, ham, cheese, and onion. Wrap in foil, bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This is the kind of mayo I was expecting my husband to bring home.

This is the mayo he brought home instead, but it turned out to be my lucky day!

We just happened to have some of our yummy Petit Jean ham left over from Christmas.

Chopped red onion and sliced avocado add color and flavor, but the chipotle pepper and lime mayo give this sandwich a real wallop!

After toasting the rolls, assemble the ingredients, wrap in foil, and bake for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Delicious!

My new motto: When life (or your husband) hands you lime mayo, make Toasted Ham & Cheese Tortas!

I have received no compensation for the mention of any products in this post. All opinions stated are my own.


  1. Too funny! I love the picture of the jars. Ummm...totally different! Well, a delicious sandwich came out of the mistake so that's good!!! Happy New Year!

  2. Aren't hubbies funny? That was a happy mistake and one that I'd like to try. I may just add some lime juice to my Hellman's mayo because we have snow and ice on the streets! I have all the rest of the ingredients. Thanks, Anita for the recipe!

  3. Love it! He was probably pretty pleased with himself that he got the right Hellman's Mayo. What a great recipe find! I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks! Thanks for stopping by this week and leaving me a sweet comment on the Scrabble Tile Necklaces. The girls really enjoyed them. Have a Happy New Year!

  4. When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be like "What?"

  5. Hi Anita,
    Your Toasted Ham and Cheese Torta will be delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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