Preheat a large skillet and a saucepan over medium heat.
Add your ground meat/meat alternative to the skillet, and the beans to the saucepan.
Scoop 2 Tb of the Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Recipe Starter & Seasoning Sauce over the beans, add the remaining jar of sauce over the meat in the skillet.
Add 4 Tb water/broth to the empty jar, place the lid back on and give it a shake. Pour half over the bean mixture, 2 Tb to the meat mixture. Add salt, hot sauce/minced jalepenos at this point, if you like. (I add about 1 pinch of salt to each.)
Stir the beans, lower the heat to low and cover. Cook for 10 minutes
Stir the meat/meat alternative mixture, crumbling the meat as you stir. Once the meat is fully cooked, lower the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, toast your buns and keep warm until you're ready to assemble.
Take the beans and meat/meat alternative mixture off the heat. Remove the cover from the beans, then mash the beans with the back of a fork until spreadable.
Assemble the tortas by spreading a layer of the mashed beans to the bottom of the roll/bun, topping with meat, adding the shredded cabbage/lettuce, cheese, and a drizzle of the lime-crema (if using).