The Honduran Baleada – How to make a “REAL” Honduras Baleada

Good Morning, yup “morning”! What is one of the first things that people do in in the morning in Honduras?

The Honduran baleada

The Honduran baleada

Well, have a Baliada of course! The “Honduran Baleada” is a breakfast staple in this country. It doesn’t really matter, however you want to spell it, so long as you have your Baleada!

A couple days ago one of our audience contacted us and here is what she said….

Hello, I need a little help from a native Honduran. I have fallen in love with baleadas. I need a native recipe that has been tested and approved! All the recipes I find on the internet do not come close to authentic. The tortilla never has the right texture or taste, the meat never taste good. Could you help me? Thanks so much!

Here was my response to her:

Hi there, Thanks for the reminder DUH We will publish the recipe and instructions in both English and Spanish either today or tomorrow…

Yeah DUH… We have been online since 1996 and can you believe it have never published “How to make a Baleada” Bad Bad Bad of us.

The baleada is one of the most representative dishes of the Honduran cuisine. It is a flour tortilla filled with beans, usually eaten at breakfast, before dinner or as an aperitif, for dinner … eaten at any time including famously in La Ceiba after a long night out. The Baleada was born in the city of La Ceiba, Atlantida, Honduras downtown on the famous old rail road line and a staple to the community.

First a little bit of a personal story but honestly it is a story that many of us Hondurans live through at some point in our life.

My 87 year old Mom came to live with me a couple months ago and before she went to bed at like 7:00 PM (No more blaring music tonight :-( )

I ask her so what do you want for breakfast? She answers with no hesitation “Well son a couple Baleadas of course”.

Me, “No problem Mom, consider it done.”

Now mind you I will admit that it has been years since “I” have actually made a baleada.

So first thing in the morning not only do I have to get up at the crack of dawn and go get the ingredients (Tortillas, Re-fried beans and Mantequilla Crema (A form of Sour Cream but not the same, never has been, never will be).

Or my second option was to just go down the street to the lady who gets up at the crack of dawn every day and serves up hundreds of Baleadas to the Honduran work force and just buy a few for: (10 Lempiras each or .50 cents USD); however in the case of my Mom at 87 years old I need to “impress her”.

So remembering my childhood days growing up in both La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula, as well as my “Mom’s never ending cooking”; here we go:

How to make a “REAL Honduran Baleada”:

Recipe and Preparation Instructions

Flour Tortillas
“Trigo” 4 cups of flour
4 tablespoons of oil or margarine
2  – 1 /2 tablespoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
Grated Honduran hard white cheese (queso duro)
1 / 2 cup of water, warm milk or coconut milk


Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl except the water or milk or coconut milk because this will be incorporated gradually and start mixing all ingredients gradually adding the liquid of choice.

Mix the flour until you have paste in your hands. and then form a dough, knead several times until
it is a soft dough.

After the dough forms a long roll,  divide the dough cutting it into  balls the size of a tortilla or make the balls the size of a golf ball or another way to judge the right size is to make the balls the size of the center of the palm of your hand.

Let them stand unattended and most importantly un-disturbed for at least 30 minutes.

Honduras Tortilla Dough Let it "rest" for at least 30 minutes

Honduras Tortilla Dough
Let it “rest” for at least 30 minutes

Preheat a griddle on the stove and stretch the dough with a rolling pin or bottle, form a tortilla, put it in the pan, first on one side and pay special attention to it (this is a labor of love)  cook it for about 2 minutes over medium heat and then turn it over and let it cook for another minute.

Making a Honduran Baleada

Making a Honduran Baleada
Two minutes one side, flip it over and one more minute.
Watch closely or it will burn or get hard!!!

A good tortilla, corn or flour, becomes inflated. This requires practice (lot’s and lot’s of practice); so do not worry if at first you do not succeed try and try again!

Honduran Baliada or Baleada Tortillas ready to go!

Honduran Baliada or Baleada Tortillas ready to go!

Now, the Honduran Baleada

Once the tortillas are made, put it on a plate and spread two tablespoons of re-fried beans (fry in butter for best results), then add shredded REAL cheese and avocado cream or slices, or splurge and add scrambled eggs, “butter is your friend, be generous” then bend your creation over, and enjoy your baleada.

How to make a Honduran Baleada Spread the Beans on the tortilla

How to make a Honduran Baleada
Spread the Beans on the tortilla

How to make a Honduran Baleada

How to make a Honduran Baleada
Add the cheese REAL Cheese (Honduran hard white cheese (queso duro))trust me it makes a huge difference

My Mom is happy!!!

Hopefully you our audience is too. The key to success is getting the proper ingredients and making it a labor of love plus trust me practice practice practice.

Now, please note that this by no means is the only way to prepare a baleada there are many versions of baleadas, just like many of us spend our life inventing this on the fly, there are Baleadas “Preparadas” which basically means add what you wish to it and see what happens.

Things like beef, chicken, bacon, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, green pepper, salsa, jalapeños, sausage, pork… you name it, even ketchup and hot sauce; but the key is making the tortillas right, and also the beans (more on the beans coming up here soon).

Honduran Baleada

Honduran Baleada
A Staple of Honduras Tradition
Buen Provecho

As we say in Honduras, Buen Provecho!

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