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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
2 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
47 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Tortillas:
Filling:

Directions

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

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

  • Stretch each ball of dough into a thick tortilla.

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

  • 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

390 calories; protein 10.1g 20% DV; carbohydrates 36.9g 12% DV; fat 23.1g 36% DV; cholesterol 43.5mg 15% DV; sodium 368.5mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2018
Yes this is one of my favorite things to make! Everyone loves it. Only suggestion add some scrambled eggs to the filling part of the Baleada. Perfection! Had it that way at a Honduran food truck and wont go back. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/10/2019
Maybe I'm just an idiot, but I put the ingredients and the correct measurements in for the dough and it turned into a liquid. I had to add two extra cups of flour before it even came close to being solid enough to work with. Not really impressed with this recipe Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2018
Yes this is one of my favorite things to make! Everyone loves it. Only suggestion add some scrambled eggs to the filling part of the Baleada. Perfection! Had it that way at a Honduran food truck and wont go back. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/10/2019
Maybe I'm just an idiot, but I put the ingredients and the correct measurements in for the dough and it turned into a liquid. I had to add two extra cups of flour before it even came close to being solid enough to work with. Not really impressed with this recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2019
It came out great, and I agree with other posters with it needing at least 2 more cups of flour for the tortillas to take form. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2019
This was unexpectedly quick and delicious. I happened to have leftover brisket and I chopped it finely and added to the mix. This made for a quick and filling late breakfast?? early lunch??. I used hot sauce and husband topped with salsa verse. He loved it and I think kids would enjoy it too. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/22/2020
This is not the original recipe of Baleadas. I have been making them for about 3 decades. First, it doesn't need egg Second, you need baking powder Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2017
Agreed with previous poster. Needs more flour for the tortillas to take form. Also to clarify the description -it can certainly be made with corn tortillas Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2017
It was great! But you need like 1 1/2 cups more of flour for the dough to have the right texture Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2019
es lo que me queda coriendo en vida Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2019
I ve been trying to make these for so long and I couldn t. They either stick or were too hard but this recipe is the one and it tastes delicious. Read More