Rooted in Guadalajara, the Torta Ahogada is made with Birote salado, which has a thick crunchy crust and soft interior That is more salty than sweet. The consistency of the bread permits the sandwich to be submerged in sauce without crumbling or dissolving. The bread is sliced and filled with chopped pork, marinated red onions, tomatoes, refried beans, and covered with tomate and chile de arbol sauces.
The Torta Ahogada is often said to hold a special place in the hearts of many people people who are from Guadalajara or have spent time there. The people from Guadalajara claim that no one really visits without making a stop to try a Torta Ahogada