Baleadas- Honduras

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I was raised on quesadillas. Whole wheat tortillas, a Mexican cheese blend, and some refried beans were a staple in our house. Baleadas are pretty similar to that! They’re sold as a street food in Honduras, and I can see why- they’re quick, easy to take on the go, and they’re delicious. I made mine with homemade tortillas, but storebought is fine. I love pretending to be Ina Garten!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

3 flour tortillas (or 6 corn tortillas (that’s the tortilla dough in the bowl(I love layering parentheses)))

17 oz kidney or pinto beans

5 slices pepper jack cheese (grate it if you’ve got the time, means, or motivation)

1.5 oz cilantro

2 teaspoons oregano

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Here’s the recipe for flour tortillas.

 

Start by draining the beans, and throwing them in a pan.

Slice the cilantro, and add that too. My favorite thing to do is cut the cilantro in with scissors- it’s much easier than doing it with a knife.

Now let it simmer.. I didn’t drain the beans, so I had to cook it much longer. Add some salt, and the spices. Mix those in,

and when you’re ready to make the baleadas, lay a tortilla on a hot pan or flat griddle.

Layer on some beans,

and then add the cheese. Use anywhere from 1 to 100 slices.

Fold it over, and try to flip it without any of the cheese sticking to the pan, or without any of the beans spilling.Spoiler alert- I couldn’t.

Cook it slowly until the cheese is completely melted. Serve it with guacamole and pineapple salsa!

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