Oaxacan Tlayudas (Mexican Flatbread)

20130406-DSC_8201To start the week off right, I’d like to share a delicious vegetarian dish from Mexico – Tlayudas (sometimes spelled Clayudas) which is a Mexican antojito (snack food) akin to mini pizzas. The Oaxacan specialty is traditionally made with a crunchy flour tortilla crust, a sauce of refried beans, meat and then topped with fresh sliced cabbage, avocado and Oaxacan cheese. For this vegetarian version, I topped my favourite homemade flour tortillas with some refried beans and monterey cheese then baked the tlayudas until slightly crisp . I then garnished them with fresh, diced tomatoes, creamy avocados, salty cotija cheese (or feta cheese) and a simple cumin-lime slaw. So so so delicious! Very fresh, but incredibly filling! I can honestly say, this is one of the best dishes we’ve made at home in quite some time.

On a side note, I am so excited for the new season of Mad Men! Now that we are done Downton Abbey, there has been a huge void in our daily lives. *hehe* Thankfully Mad Men should fill such void until Downton airs again in the fall.

Wishing you all a wonderful Monday. xo


  • 8-6 inch homemade flour tortillas or store-bought flour tortillas
  • 1 recipe of quick vegetarian refried beans (recipe to follow)
  • cumin-lime coleslaw (recipe to follow)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 cup of reduced fat cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese or oaxaca cheese OR Daiya vegan cheddar shreds
  • 1/4 cup of cotija cheese or feta cheese (optional)

Note: You can use  Amy’s Vegetarian Refried Beans in lieu of the homemade refried beans. They are delicious!


1. Preheat oven to 450’F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Spread flour tortillas with the the quick refried bean mixture then sprinkle with monterey, cheddar or oaxacan cheese. Place pans in over and cook  for 5 minutes, or until the edges of the flour tortillas begin to turn golden and the cheese is melted. The tortillas will be slightly crispy. Remove pans from oven.

3. Garnish each tlayuda with fresh diced tomatoes and slices of avocado. Top with some cumin lime coleslaw and a small sprinkle of cotija or feta cheese.

Yield: 8 servings

Source: lightly adapted from Vegetarian Times [Everything Vegan]

Quick Vegetarian Refried Beans

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté a small onion (diced) in 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add 2 cloves of garlic minced, 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1 teaspoon of ancho chili powder. Heat through and then add two (15ml) cans of organic black beans and 1/4 cup of water.  Cook the beans with the spices and onions for 5 minutes and then mash with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Set aside.

Cumin Lime Coleslaw 

In a small jar, combine 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon of canola oil, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin. Season with a pinch of salt. Shake to combine. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of shredded cabbage with 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped cilantro. Drizzle dressing over the cabbage and mix well.


  1. says

    I have never heard of tlayudas–which is actually pretty bizarre, since here in CA it’s all Mexican food all the time–but now I must have some! I especially love the idea of the slaw component–so crispy and fresh.

  2. says

    This looks so delicious! Fresh. Healthy. Yum.
    I just returned from my sister’s wedding in Mexico and I’m already having withdrawals from mexican food so this couldn’t have been more perfect timing! I’ve been living in the library (hence why I’ve been MIA for a month or so) and I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen and whip this up! Hope all is well!

    • thefigtree says

      Hey Emilie! :) Oooooo! I love real Mexican food. I want to go back to Mexico ASAP. Hope you had an amazing time at your sister’s wedding!!!!

  3. says

    That would definitely start my week off right too! They look absolutely delicious! I just want to roll them up so I can get them into my mouth quicker! Great job!

  4. says

    If I saw a dish named oaxacan tlayudas, I would probably ignore it since it sounds too complicated, so I’m glad you explained what it is to me, because it sounds delicious! I guess its like a taco but eaten like a pizza instead of being folded up. Sounds like it would be a fun meal to eat!

    • thefigtree says

      I may put them on this week’s meal plan again, as they were so yummy and I’m craving the cumin-lime slaw. Mmmm!

    • thefigtree says

      Thanks for the comment :) Mexican food is my fav. I cannot get enough of it. I definitely should move to the Southwest! :)

  5. says

    What a great recipe, I love anything Mexican and these look like they would be no exception! The lime Cumin Slaw sounds awesome all on its own!

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