A baleada, as it is usually served
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Baleadas (Spanish pronunciation: [baˈljaðas]) are one of Honduras's most original and popular foods. A baleada is a wheat flour tortilla, often quite thick, folded in half and filled with mashed fried beans. They originate in La Ceiba.
People may also add other ingredients. The most common types of baleadas are the baleadas sencillas (simple baleada) which has crumbled cheese and crema. The other baleada is the baleada mixta (mixed baleada) which has the same as the baleada simple but with an addition of scrambled eggs. Many other people add sausage, plantain, hot sauce, avocado, chicken, pork and chismol which is diced tomato, onion and bell pepper. The big Honduran towns often have more than one restaurant that sells baleadas.
Types of baleada
There are different kinds of baleada according to the ingredients chosen by the customer or the region of Honduras.
- Simple baleada (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese)
- Special baleadas (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese, scrambled eggs)
- Super special baleadas (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese, scrambled eggs, chicken, ground meat or sausage)
There is some speculation about that "Gringas" (a flour tortilla with melted cheese) originated from baleadas.
The Bay Island of Utila, off the coast of La Ceiba, adds pickled onions and creole (criollo) cheese to the beans.