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Baleada, a Breakfast Taco

Baleada, a Breakfast Taco

David Taylor
Baleadas are a simple, yet delicious, breakfast dish that comes from the north coast of Honduras. They are made in a thick flour tortilla that is filled with refried red beans, a sprinkle of grated cheese, and cream.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Resting Time 20 mins
Total Time 47 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Honduran
Servings 8 people
Calories 390 kcal



  • 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


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


Because the crema fresca can be hard to come by, to substitute, you can make your own version; mix two parts of sour cream with one part heavy cream.
Queso fresco can be replaced with feta cheese or mozzarella cheese.