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BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days

Country: H for Honduras

Dish: Baleadas 

We are going to Central America today to Honduras. Honduras was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century and they introduced Roman Catholism and Spanish language along with numerous customs that have blended with the indigenous culture. The country became independent in 1821 and since been a republic. Honduras is best known for the production of minerals, coffee, tropical fruit and sugar cane, as well as for its growing textiles industry, which serves the international market.

The reason for choosing Honduras was when I started listing the countries my husband was away on business to Honduras and it ended up on the list. He was the one who suggested the dish too. Baleadas are one of the original and popular foods in Honduras. It is made of a thick wheat flour tortilla that is folded in half and filled with mashed beans and occasionally other ingredients. They are very similar to Mexican burritos in terms of fillings.

They are served as street food and also at fast food restaurants like Subway here in the US. At the restaurant, you can pick the ingredients that go into your baleadas and they make them fresh for you. I saw a video (that I can’t seem to find now) where they were making even the tortilla fresh.

To make things simple, I used storebought tortillas and refried beans. You can make your own tortillas, but I was just not up to it when I made this meal. I had some canned refried beans in the fridge that needed to be used up, but you can use cooked kidney, pinto or black beans. This is such a simple and hearty meal that even my kids loved.

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Baleadas Yum
Baleadas
Course sandwich
Cuisine honduras
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 4 Whole wheat Flour tortillas
  • 1 cup Refried beans - (or use red kidney beans, pinto beans or black beans)
  • 1 tsp cumin Ground
  • 1 Onion - medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange peppers Green & - medium each, thinly sliced
  • Cheese Grated - to serve (I used cheddar cheese)
  • to taste Salt Pepper &
Course sandwich
Cuisine honduras
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 4 Whole wheat Flour tortillas
  • 1 cup Refried beans - (or use red kidney beans, pinto beans or black beans)
  • 1 tsp cumin Ground
  • 1 Onion - medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange peppers Green & - medium each, thinly sliced
  • Cheese Grated - to serve (I used cheddar cheese)
  • to taste Salt Pepper &
Baleadas
Instructions
  1. Heat 1tsp oil in a small saucepan, add the refried beans along with ground cumin, salt and pepper. Cook till heated through. Add water if the beans look too thick.
  2. Heat 2tbsp oil in a sauté pan, add the chopped onions and peppers. Cook till the veggies are crisp tender, about 6~8 minutes.
  3. To assemble: Spray a nonstick tawa/ griddle with cooking spray, place the tortilla and cook till heated through and slightly charred. Remove on to a plate.
  4. Spread 2~3tbsp of beans mixture and top it with the veggies, shredded cheese and sour cream. Serve immediately.
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14 thoughts on “Honduras — Baleadas (Vegetarian Recipe)”

  1. A simple and filling meal besides being guilt-free. I had made it for an earlier BM and the basic version of beans and cheese is my daughter’s favorite. In fact, she was asking me this weekend to make some for her. 🙂

  2. Ah a new name and very much like a Mexican dish..you will see a similar dish in my coming posts..The balea das look super tempting.

  3. Looks like a filling meal. Even though I had my lunch, I am feeling extremely hungry looking at all your snaps..

  4. Yum yum yum. Pavani your pics are killing me. Any more nice pics I am sure I will have to get a new chair..These are delicious and okay I am wishing I can eat this off the screen.

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