Honduran Baleadas


In El Salvador there are pupusas. In Mexico there are tacos. In Honduras there are Baleadas. The simple version consists of a thick flour – though sometimes corn – tortilla that has been put on a charcoal grill. It's slathered in refried black beans and a bit of white farmers cheese then folded over like an American-style soft taco.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
47 mins
8 servings



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 2 cups refried beans, warmed

  • 1 avocado, sliced

  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco (fresh white cheese)

  • ¼ cup crema fresca (fresh cream)


  1. Mix flour, water, vegetable oil, egg, and salt in a large bowl; knead until dough is smooth and no longer sticky.

  2. Form the dough into 8 golf ball-sized balls. Cover and let rest, about 20 minutes.

  3. Stretch each ball of dough into a thick tortilla.

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla until browned and lightly puffed, about 1 minute per side.

  5. Layer refried beans, avocado, and queso fresco over tortillas. Drizzle crema on top; fold tortillas in half over filling.

Cook's Note:

Substitute lukewarm milk for the water if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
23g Fat
37g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 352mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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