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August 4, 2009

~ Emma & Wanda ~


We enjoyed this breakfast treat (pronounced bah-lay-ah-dahs)

when we were in Roatan and have tried to find the ingredients here to make them authentically….we did bring some beans back with us but have almost used them all so we will be searching for a red refried bean recipe that will have the same wonderful flavors.




Here is an exerpt from an email I sent when I was asked for a Foodo post on Baleadas: 

“…….Ok I’ll see if I can get Angela to take me down there this week….great excuse to go get a baleada too….but it is downtown Coxen Hole on a dirt side road….a real hole in the wall….we only found it because we know a local….lucky us!!

And as far as the local sour cream…omg it is to die for….it’s reason enough to move here forever(Huh Sean!?)  Not sure it comes in a baggie and tied in a knot…it just says ingredients – crema, sal…


Also the beans here are to die for…they are red and come in a plastic package….name brand Natura’s….even Gannon now eats beans…..Sean’s trying to research where to get them….sounds like they are going to have all the ones they too brought back gone before I get home….I will bring more!!!!

Yes we will have to train ourselves to get our camera out….we are such piggies we eat it all up and then say…shit we should have taken a pic for Foodo…..”



A baleada is Honudura’s version of a breakfast burrito – kind of.  Key to remember is different ingredients make different tasting baleadas. Since some of the local ingredients are not readily available in the US (or at least not in the traditional Honduran version) you have to make do with what you have, substitutes noted.





Simple Baleada:



Tortilla – fresh thick flour type


Refried Beans (red)


Mantequilla – mexican crema or US sour cream may be substituted but the Honduran mantequilla sold in a tied off plastic bag has a unique flavor – still researching options/alternatives


Cheese – Hondurans use queso duro or hard cheese it’s a local stinky cheese




4 – eggs beaten with a little milk

Scramble the eggs and melt cheese on top.

Spread warm refried beans on tortilla and then add eggs, Crema, and avocado. spread other ingredients fold in half. 

Can also add chicken, pork, sausage, tomato, hot sauce

24 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2009 8:55 pm

    This sounds great..Im gonna scearch for some of these ingredients this the picture I think it will be worth it!Figtreeapps

  2. August 5, 2009 6:01 am

    Let me just say, I absolutely love your site. I am now following it VERY CLOSELY..LOL.

    Amazing food and posts, as always.

    • foododelmundo permalink
      August 5, 2009 8:30 am

      Oh – you’re too kind! Glad you enjoy our bantering and thanks for letting us know!
      ~ Mary

  3. tastyeatsathome permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:30 am

    mmmm, sounds so tasty!

  4. pat permalink
    August 5, 2009 10:18 am

    You’re making my mouth water. Can’t wait to get back to Roatan for our breakfast treat!
    Keep me posted if you find those red beans. I’ve looked for them here also, to no avail. They must be a Honduran exclusive!

  5. August 5, 2009 11:19 am

    I wouldn’t be imaginative enough to come up with such a great recipe!

  6. August 5, 2009 1:04 pm

    Great photos, Wanda! Can’t wait to get back to Roatan and try these. I’m thinking winter of 2010 will see my return. Winter in MN without it is too long.

  7. applec permalink
    August 5, 2009 1:58 pm

    That’s an interesting recipe and suggestion for breakfast. I like saying it…”Baleada” – fun!

  8. traveleatlove permalink
    August 5, 2009 7:36 pm

    Yum! Looks so good!I really love your posts!

  9. August 5, 2009 8:58 pm

    Wow! I love your site! beautiful pictures and great recipes.

  10. August 5, 2009 10:37 pm

    Looks fantastic!

  11. August 5, 2009 10:48 pm

    These look so great! I’ve never had red refried beans before. Will definitely keep my eye out for them!

  12. August 6, 2009 7:32 am

    Wow! Brought back memories of Tegucigalpa. I am lucky to live in Houston where there is a large Salvadoreno population. Thanks for the post.

  13. August 6, 2009 8:45 am

    Looks yummy. I love anything with avocado.

  14. August 6, 2009 9:44 am

    That looks and sounds truly delicious!!

  15. August 6, 2009 12:30 pm

    oh my that looks tasty!

  16. August 10, 2009 4:13 am

    I want to make this at home. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

  17. August 11, 2009 5:56 pm

    I love all flavors and all cuisines from different cultures. This looks really so delicious!

    The photos are stunning. Thank you Emma and Wanda.

  18. August 18, 2009 11:43 pm

    Such a delicious and filling way to start the day.Definately gotta try these next time.

  19. Jenn permalink
    August 24, 2010 6:04 pm

    on the crema substitute, here is the best American substitution I have found…

    The crema is unlike that we have in North America. You will hear it referred to as mantequlla blanca (white butter) or mantequilla crema.

    “We buy a regular tub (8 oz.) of American sour cream and add about 1/4 C of heavy whipping cream. It makes the crema milder and richer. Add a pinch of salt and it comes close to what we get at Roatan

    • Wanda permalink
      August 24, 2010 10:38 pm

      Thanks for the info Jenn we will give it a try….

  20. Amy permalink
    June 16, 2012 8:45 pm

    Was just Googling Honduran mantequilla (looking for it here in MN) and came across this blog! It’s been a year and a half since I got back from my foreign exchange to Honduras and I crave baleadas every day– they aren’t just a breakfast food! You can eat them for lunch or dinner, and handmade flour tortillas and refried beans are better than anything you could get in a package.

  21. Mario permalink
    December 21, 2012 9:27 pm

    this brand sell both the cheese and the crema!
    IT is my favourite meal 🙂

    • foododelmundo permalink
      December 22, 2012 2:34 pm

      Wonderful – thank you for passing along this info.!

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