Recipe: Cemitas

thanks to the many immigrants from Puebla who have contributed enormously to the wonderful street food culture.

Papalo isn’t always in season, however, so you may sometimes have a cemita made without it. But without the sesame-seed roll, you no longer have a cemita, you just have a sandwich.


  • A few papalo leaves (can be found at most Mexican markets)
  • Chipotles in adobo
  • A ripe avocado cut in slices
  • Savory Mexican meat such as carnitas (shredded pork) or tinga (chicken)
  • Mexican Oaxacan cheese (can substitute mozzarella if you can’t find it), shredded


  1. Take a sesame seed roll and slice it in half.
  2. Lay the avocado quarters on each half of bread.
  3. Pile high the meat, cheese, chipotles and papalo on one half of bread, place the other half on top and enjoy!

Recipe originally published at http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-make-cemita.html

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