Honduran Baleadas

Honduran Baleadas are a popular street food that has made its way into the homes and hearts of Honduran families. Served in most homes and enjoyed by natives and tourists alike, Honduran Baleadas are easy to make and can quickly be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

closed faced honduran baleadas close up

The epitome of Honduran food may just be Baleadas. This iconic Honduran food is the one thing you can’t miss if you ever visit my home country. Yes, there are so many wonderful dishes from Honduras, but everyone will tell you if you’re there, you have to enjoy some Honduran Baleadas!

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What is a Honduran Baleada?

A Honduran Baleada consists of a thick and fluffy flour tortilla, stuffed with refried red beans, Honduran cream (mantequilla rala), and crumbled cheese. This is the simplest version of the dish and in Honduras is referred to as Baleada Sencilla. At local Honduran restaurants, you can also order Baleadas Especiales, which contain everything named above, plus scrambled eggs.

side view of a closed honduran baleada filled with beans, mantequilla, hot sauce, and cheese

Finally, you can also enjoy a Baleada Super Especial, which contains everything above, plus chicken, beef, or sausage. Any way you order it, it’s a treat! In this post, I will tell you how to make a Baleada Sencilla, the simplest kind. It’s the one my family eats most often and it’s so easy to make.

Baleada History

There are several myths and urban legends that have surfaced about how the Baleada came to be. I’ll share the most popular one with you and the one that I feel makes the most sense. Most seem to agree that Baleadas originated in the north coast of Honduras.

close up of honduran baleadas stacked up on a plate

Legend says there was a lady that was a popular street vendor who sold these tortillas with beans and cheese. One day, she was gunned down and shot full of bullets (in Spanish “balas”). From that point on, all her customers would return to her stand to buy tortillas and would say “Vamos a comer adonde la baleada” (we’re going to eat where the lady was shot), eventually just calling the street food “baleadas”.

How to Make Baleadas

Making baleadas at home is easy and fast. My Honduran baleada recipe will give you a taste of my home country that I know you will enjoy. For this recipe, you will need to start by cooking your red beans. It’s best to use Central American Red Beans (sometimes labeled Salvadorean) for the most authentic taste.

top view of an authentic honduran baleada drizzed with mantequilla and hot sauce and topped with cheese

The easiest way to cook your beans is by following my Instant Pot Red Beans recipe. It’s authentically Honduran and the red beans will be a base for many of my other Honduran recipes. If you don’t own an Instant Pot (why?), then you can cook the beans on the stove in the same way, but it will take longer.

Once you’ve cooked your red beans then you will need to make Honduran Refried Beans. My recipe for those beans is incredibly flavorful and so easy. If you really want to eat an authentic baleada, I recommend you start with these two recipes I mentioned. You will get the best flavor possible.

honduran baleadas or flour tortillas with beans, cheese, mantequilla, and hot sauce stacked on top of eachother on a plate

After you’ve cooked your refried beans, it’s time to build the baleadas! You’ll want the fluffiest flour tortillas you can find. I’m still working on a recipe for those, but for now, I use the fluffiest store-bought tortillas that I can find. Spread a good amount of refried beans on the flour tortillas, and then add some crumbled cheese and Honduran Crema or Mantequilla Rala. We like to add a couple of drops of hot sauce to ours as well!

That’s it! I know you’ll love this little taste of my home country, Honduras! Please let me know in the comments when you try Honduran Baleadas. If you’re one of my Honduran readers, how do you eat your baleadas?

Honduran Baleadas


4.50 from 22 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Enjoy this popular Honduran street food in the comfort of your own home. A warm flour tortilla is slathered with refried beans and topped with Honduran crema, crumbled cheese, and hot sauce. This super simple recipe is full of flavor, ready in minutes, and can be enjoyed for any meal.
closed faced honduran baleadas close up

Essential Equipment


  • 10 flour tortillas warmed, I use Mission Soft Taco Homestyle Flour Tortillas
  • refried red beans warmed
  • Honduran crema may substitute Mexican crema or sour cream
  • cotija cheese crumbled, may substitute with queso fresco
  • Tabasco sauce


  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave.
  • Spread a couple of spoonfuls of refried beans on one side of each tortilla. Top the beans with crema, cotija cheese, and a few drops of Tabasco sauce. Fold each tortilla over to close.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 2baleadas | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg

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14 thoughts on “Honduran Baleadas”

  1. also from honduras (born and raised) and please dont use mexican or sour cream. mantequilla hondureana is salty a sour creme makes it taste very different. (not trying to be mean just, personally i lnow the diffrence between sour and salty creme is large as my family hates the mexican creme although we go through 4 packs of mantequilla a week)

    1. Thanks for your comment. While I know the difference between sour cream and Honduran mantequilla, I also know that my audience is in the US and not everyone has access to buying Honduran crema/mantequilla. For this reason, in the post, I give them the recipe for how to make their own version of Honduran crema using sour cream. If they don’t want to make their own, then they can use sour cream, as it’s the next best option for making baleadas. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Dori. I am from Honduras as well, but I live in the United States, therefore I have to give people here the options they can find in local stores. That is why I recommend “cotija” cheese. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 5 stars
    We eat these a lot! I always had scrambled eggs on mine and I love avocado as well.

    We have been to Honduras 6 times and are planning to move there to retire in a few years.

  3. Stopped by a new (for me) pupuseria for the 1st time today and they had baleadas so I went to Google to find out more (I order a pupusa & taco)

    While here was checking out some of your other recipes (I like to braise pork & beef roasts with tomato sauce & veggies) so I may have “accidentally” come very close.

    One of our favorites is a pork butt shoulder with diced tomatoes & tomato sauce with onions, scallions & red peppers added about 45 min before meat is done. A dash of crushed red pepper flakes then the broth is reduced with bit of sugar added, poured over meat after it’s been shredded. Often served on a soft flour tortilla that’s coated with refried beans & sour cream!

    1. Hi Brian! Glad you accidentally stumbled on my site! I love pupusas! So good! Your recipe sounds like my carne mechada! Yum! I appreciate you looking around the website!

  4. Love baleadas – I’ve had them at Los Dolores in Tegucigalpa. So so delicious. Your country is my adopted country. Very beautiful ❤️❤️

  5. My husband served a mission for our church for two years in Honduras, and always talks about baleadas. It’s his birthday Sunday, so I thought I would try making them! THANKYOU for helping me make it more authentic for him!

    Do you ever put scrambled eggs in your baleadas? I though about making this for breakfast.

    1. Hi Jaelynn! Happy Birthday to your husband! Hope you guys have a wonderful day today. I hope everyone enjoys the baleadas! You can definitely add eggs and anything else to them! Chorizo, fajita meat, avocado, so many possibilities! Enjoy!

  6. I just want to say thank you for this recipe. I’m 2nd generation American, and my father passed before he could teach me how to make this. You have no idea how much it means to me.

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