Is bread in Spanish El or LA?

It’s no longer an opinion, it’s just a fact—sandwiches are the best. And since you’re also learning Spanish, it makes sense that you’re ready to talk about your favorite sandwich in Spanish.

A sandwich is as unique as its maker. For us sandwich lovers, it’s impossible to resist the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread that begs to be filled with crisp cold cuts, sharp cheese, and the perfect combo of condiments.

Each bite is heaven.

But we’re not here to simply drool over our favorite sandwiches. We’re going to talk about them, learn to order them, and get all the details about sandwiches in Spanish.

In this blog post, I answer the following questions:

  • What’s the history of the sandwich? 
  • What are the ingredient names for every delicious layer of a sandwich in Spanish? 
  • How do you order a sandwich in Spanish?

Let’s go! 

Quick Back Story: What’s the Origin of the Sandwich?

The sandwich we know and enjoy today gained popularity during the 16th century thanks to John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. He liked them so much that the beloved snack was named after him!

From there, the sandwich has become so popular that people have been asking themselves “what makes a sandwich a sandwich”?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition defines a sandwich as “when two or more slices of bread or a split roll have a filling in between.” 

sandwich in SpanishPerfect Sandwich | © Moss/Flickr

It can also be one slice of bread topped with food—otherwise known as an open-face sandwich.

This means we can prepare sandwiches from almost anything we want! 

Different Names for ‘Sandwich’ in Spanish

sandwich in SpanishSandwich picnic | © Micah Sittig/Flickr

Among the different ways to say “sandwich” in Spanish, the most common is el sándwiche (pronounced “sand-weech-ay”) or sándwich, which are adaptations of the English word (using a Spanish accent, of course). 

Other common examples include:

  • el panito 
  • la torta
  • el pancito 
  • el emparedado

Example Sentences in Spanish

¿Me daría un panito con pollo, por favor?
Would you give me a chicken sandwich, please?

Se me antoja un pancito con mantequilla de maní.
I am craving a peanut butter sandwich.

Mi mamá me compró en el mercado una torta de jamón deliciosa.
My mom bought me a delicious ham sandwich in the market. 

Types of Sandwiches (Tipos de sándwiches)

Sandwiches are so versatile that you can find almost as many types as there are people! 

Here are some of the most popular types of sandwich in Spanish you might want to try:

Types of Sandwiches in Spanish

EnglishSpanishavocado toastel sándwich tostado con aguacateBLT sandwichel sándwich BLT cheese sandwichel sándwich con quesoclub sandwichel club sándwich croque monsieurel croque monsieur Cuban sandwichel sándwich cubanogrilled cheese sandwichel sándwich de queso asado ham sandwichel sándwich con jamónham and cheese sandwichel sándwich con jamón y quesoice cream sandwichel sándwich de heladopeanut butter and jelly sandwichel sándwich de mantequilla de maní con jaleasubmarineel submarinotoastel pan tostado

Ingredients for Sandwiches

Ingredients are the lifeblood of every sandwich. They bring flavor combinations to the table, in a very literal way!

The perfect sandwich contains:

  • Bread – el pan
  • Cheese – el queso
  • Some kind of meat – algun tipo de carne
  • Condiments – los condimentos
  • Dressing – los aderezos

Let’s get into the details on how to identify these sandwich ingredients in Spanish.

Bread (El pan)

sandwich in SpanishBreads | © fs999/Flickr

One of the most important elements to prepare a sandwich in Spanish is to choose el pan (bread). And there are dozens, if not hundreds, of different types of bread. 

From the type of flour used to how it’s prepared and how they’re eaten, the versatility of a sandwich depends largely on the part of the world you’re in and its local conventions. 

Thanks to the internet we now have access to a lot of recipes on how to make bread from all around the world. However, the bread we grew up eating is sometimes the one we want to keep using for comfort food. 

So, here are some of the most common breads we can use to make a sandwich in Spanish!

Types of Bread in Spanish

EnglishSpanishbanana breadel pan de bananobaguette breadel pan baguettebread roll el panecillobrioche breadel panecillobuns breadel bollochallah breadel pan jaláciabatta breadel pan ciabattacornbread el pan de maízfocaccia breadel pan focacciamultigrain breadel pan multigranos / integralpita breadel pan pitapumpernickel breadel pan integral de centenorye breadel pan de centenosourdough breadel pan de masa fermentadawhole wheat breadel pan blanco/ de grano entero

If you are interested in learning how to make a sandwich with brioche bread from scratch, check out Mexican chef Guzzi’s video! 

Meats (Las carnes)

sandwich in SpanishMmmm…Deli | © Brad Greenlee/Flickr

What kind of carne (meat) do you want to eat in your sandwich?

Almost any kind of meat is great to make a sandwich. Even leftovers from celebrations like Thanksgiving and Christmas are perfect to eat as a sandwich!

Check the next vocabulary list to find your favorite meat options for making a sandwich in Spanish.

Meats for Sandwiches in Spanish

EnglishSpanishbaconel tocinobolognala boloniachicken el pollochicken hamel jamón de pollochorizoel chorizohamel jamónmortadellala mortadella pateel patépepperoniel pepperoniroast beefla carne asadasalami el salami/ salchichónturkeyel pavoturkey hamel jamón de pavo

Cheeses (Los quesos)

CheesesCheese | © Rodney/Flickr

What would a sandwich be without el queso? 

There are hundreds of different kinds of cheese around the world. 

Some people think that Spanish cheese is the best out there, while others argue that French cheese is incomparable. And while some people like hard cheeses that you can melt over almost anything, others prefer soft cheeses perfect to eat with fruits and honey.

Which kind of cheese is your favorite?

As for me, I like any cheese that can be grilled, gratinated or melted! And if you’re like me, the next vocabulary list of cheeses in Spanish is not only going to improve your language fluency, but also make your mouth water!  

Cheese for Sandwiches in Spanish

EnglishSpanishAmerican sliced cheeseel queso en rebanadas/ kraft cheddarel queso cheddarcream cheeseel queso cremafresh cheeseel queso frescogoudael queso goudamozzarellael queso mozzarellapepper jackel queso pimientaracletteel queso raclettericottael queso ricotta

Vegetables (Los Vegetales)

VegetablesVegetables | © Sonny Abesamis/Flickr

Los vegetales (vegetables) are a nice touch you can give to your sandwich, while making it more tasty and healthy.

Not everyone likes vegetables in their sandwiches, but they can be really yummy when prepared and seasoned correctly. 

Here is a list of the most delicious vegetables you can add to your meal when making a sandwich in Spanish. 

Vegetables for Sandwiches in Spanish

EnglishSpanishavocadoel aguacatechardla acelgacucumberel pepinoendivela endibia / la escarolalettucela lechugaoliveslas aceitunasonionla cebollapepperlos pimientospicklesel pepinillospinachla espinacatomatoel tomate

Condiments and Dressings (Los condimentos y aderezos) 

condimentsCondiments | © Peter Miller/Flickr

Los condimentos (condiments) and aderezos (dressings) are the “it factor” of every sandwich—thanks to their subtle flavor combinations, they make a sandwich truly delicious and unforgettable. 

This short list of condiments and dressings will help you to make your sandwiches even better. 

Condiments for Sandwiches in Spanish

EnglishSpanishguacamoleel guacamole / guacamolherbslas hierbashummusel humus ketchupla catsup/ salsa de tomatemayonnaisela mayonesamustardla mostazayogurt dressingel aderezo de yogurt 

Side Dishes (Acompañantes) 

sandwich in SpanishMmm… pastrami panini | © Jeffreyw/Flickr

Are you a “french fries on the side” type or more of a salad person? 

Sandwiches are adaptable enough to act as a side dish, but for sandwich lovers like you, the sandwich is the main event. And as such, your side dishes serve only to enhance the experience of eating the sandwich.

So which is it? Warm and crunchy french fries or cool, crisp salad loaded with your favorite veggies?

This table will help you describe your favorite sandwich side-kicks in Spanish. 

Side Dishes for Your Sandwich in Spanish

EnglishSpanishfrench frieslas papas fritas potato chipslas patatas fritas/ lays/ papalinaspotato saladla ensalada de papasaladla ensaladasauteed vegetableslos vegetales salteadossoupla sopa

How To Order Your Sandwich in Spanish

When you visit new places and countries, the new flavors and textures of food may get a bit too overwhelming. Finding something familiar to eat can become a challenge if you don’t speak the local language.

Luckily for you, you’re already on top of it. You’re learning all the necessary vocabulary to not only identify your favorite ingredients, but to order it. 

Here are a few example questions and statements to get you started:

¿Me daría un combo de sandwich de jamón y queso con sopa de tomate por favor?
Can you please give me a ham and cheese sandwich with tomato soup? 

¿Puede agregar aguacate y aceitunas?
Can you add avocado and olives?

¿Qué tipos de fiambres ofrecen para el sándwich?
What kind of deli do you offer for the sandwich?

¿Qué precio tiene el queso importado español?
How much is the imported Spanish cheese?

Quiero el pan de centeno tostado.
I want toasted rye bread.

Sin pepinillos y mostaza, por favor.
Without pickles and mustard, please.

Now you are ready to ask for your dream sandwich in any Spanish-speaking country! 

Hungry for More? 

Food is an essential way to connect with those around you. By combining your love for Spanish with your foodie sensibilities, you’re creating the perfect opportunity to meet new friends while traveling around Latin America or other Spanish-speaking regions of the world. 

While many Spanish speakers know how to speak English, most of them feel more comfortable with Spanish. Connect better with those you meet in your journey by smashing the language barrier and having more meaningful interactions. 

What’s more, learning Spanish not only improves your cognition and decision-making abilities, but also your ability to earn more money. 

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Carmen Rizzo

Freelance Writer at Homeschool Spanish Academy

I’m a native Spanish speaker from Guatemala with a B.A. in Psychology. I have a passion for teaching Sunday school in my spare time and for learning and sharing valuable information. I'm a cat lover who gets excited over cartoons, anime, and video games. I dabble in digital illustration and animation. I'm inspired by sharing my culture, traditions, food, and beliefs with others, while learning about theirs in return.

Is bread masculine or feminine?

Bread is masculine, beer feminine. In French, every noun has a gender, and that includes the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

How do you know if its LA or El in Spanish?

In most cases, el is used for masculine nouns and la is used for feminine nouns. Another rule supersedes this, and that is when the feminine noun is singular and starts with a stressed a- or ha- sound, like the words agua, meaning water, or hambre, meaning hunger.

Is the Spanish word for bread?

dinero; pan integral; pan.

Why is it El pan instead of La pan?

El is paired with masculine nouns. generally ending in o. La is paired with feminine nouns generally ending in a. Hope this was helpful.