1 ripe avocado, chopped
1 ⅔ Tbsp canola oil, divided
8 oz ground pork or turkey
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp ancho chili powder or regular chili powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp baguette
1 16- to 18-inch-long baguette, preferably whole-wheat
½ cup crumbled queso fresco (see Note) or feta cheese
1. Mash beans and avocado together in a medium bowl; set aside.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pork (or turkey); cook, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in vinegar, chile powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt; set aside. Wash and dry the pan.
3. Cut baguette into 4 equal lengths and split each horizontally. Pull out most of the soft bread from the center, leaving mostly crust. Divide the bean mixture, meat mixture, cheese and onion among the sandwiches, patting everything down gently to keep it in the bread.
4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium heat. Add 2 sandwiches and place a medium skillet on top of them. Place 4 cans (such as canned beans) or other weights in the medium skillet to press the sandwiches. Cook until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, turn the sandwiches over, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Keeping the heat on medium-low, repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining sandwiches. (Alternatively, cook the sandwiches in a panini maker.)
Note: Queso fresco, also known as queso blanco, is a soft, slightly salty fresh Mexican cheese. You can find it in Latin markets and many supermarkets.
To Make Ahead: Prepare “chorizo” (Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Provided by: EatingWell
Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total
- Calories 498 32%
- Calories from fat 189 14%
- Total Fat 21gm 29%
- Sodium 705mg 60%
- Total Carbohydrates 57gm
- Fiber 15gm
- Protein 29gm
- Cholesterol 43mg 19%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.