Baleadas and Frijoles Refritos

Baleadas – traditional tortillas with Frijoles Refritos are an undisputed classic.

Frijoles Refritos are cooked beans that are mashed and fried in oil. The result is a creamy paste with a smooth consistency that is easy to spread on bread or tortillas. The tortillas – or Baleadas – were invented around 1964 in the La Ceiba region of Honduras and are very well known throughout the country.


  • 500 g cooked beans
  • Some bean broth (from cooking the beans)
  • 80 g diced onions
  • 60 g lard (or vegetable oil)
  • Some salt
  • Tortillas 
  • Cotija Cheese or Feta Cheese, crumbled 
  • Sour Cream


  1. Melt lard or oil in a frying pan or pot over medium heat until it smokes.
  2. Add the onions and sauté until translucent.
  3. Then add the beans, cook briefly, and mash with a potato masher.
  4. Add some of the bean broth and repeat the process until you are satisfied with the consistency.
  5. Season with salt to taste.

Preparation of the Baleadas:

  1. Spread a tortilla with the bean paste and add the feta cheese and then the sour cream.
  2. If you like, you can also spice it up with other ingredients such as avocado slices, sautéed red onion, scrambled eggs, hot sauce, or chorizo, etc.!
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