If you come to Honduras, one of the first things you’d probably eat is a baleada: a traditional dish made of a flour tortilla filled with mashed, refried beans and a variety of other options like eggs, avocado, and more.  They are very traditional and quick to make! 

Check out the recipe below to get a taste of this Latin American dish. For the most authentic preparation, follow the recipe to make your own tortillas — Honduran tortillas are a bit thicker than traditional Mexican tortillas. Making your own at home is easy, though it does take a bit of time!

MAKE HONDURAN BALEADAS

Tortillas:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt — pinch
1/2 to 3/4 cup water or milk
3 tablespoons butter, lard or oil 

Toppings:

Beans 
Scrambled eggs 
Sliced avocado 
Crumbled queso fresco 
Honduran cream 
Shredded chicken or beef or chorizo 
Hot sauce 

Honduran Cream 

1 cup sour cream
½ cup heavy whipping cream
½ tsp fine sea salt 

To make tortillas:

  1. Mix together the flour baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup of the water or milk to form a dough. Work in the butter, lard or oil until smooth. Add more liquid or flour as needed to form a smooth dough that isn’t too sticky.
  2. Move the dough to a floured work surface and knead until smooth. Cover with a clean dish towel and set aside to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat an ungreased  griddle or skillet over medium flame (in Latin America, we have a shallow skillet called a comal used especially for tortillas).  Cut the dough into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. Roll each ball out into roughly an 8-inch round, about 1/8-inch thick.
  4. Place a dough round onto the hot  griddle and cook for about 1 minute on each side, or until the tortilla has browned spots and is lightly puffed. Set aside and repeat with the remaining dough rounds. 
  5. Fill the tortillas with refried beans and any other ingredients listed above, and enjoy your baleadas!

Written by Julissa Arana, Latin America Engagement Facilitator 

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