Tlayuda (Spanish pronunciation: [tɬaˈʝuða]), sometimes spelled clayuda,[1][2] is a handmade dish in traditional Oaxacan cuisine, consisting of a large, thin, crunchy, partially fried or toasted tortilla[3] covered with a spread of refried beans, asiento (unrefined pork lard), lettuce or cabbage, avocado, meat (usually shredded chicken, beef tenderloin or pork), Oaxaca cheese, and salsa.[4][5]

Open face tlayuda
Place of originMexico
Region or stateOaxaca
Main ingredientsTortillas, refried beans, asiento (unrefined pork lard), lettuce or cabbage, avocado, meat (usually shredded chicken, beef tenderloin or pork), Oaxaca cheese, salsa
Tlayuda con falda, a tlayuda folded in half and topped with grilled skirt steak

A popular antojito, the tlayuda is native to the state of Oaxaca. It is regarded as iconic in the local cuisine, and can be found particularly around Oaxaca City.[4] Tlayudas are also available in the center-south region of Mexico, such as Mexico City, Puebla, or Guadalajara.

The dinner plate-sized tortilla is either seared (usually on a comal) or charred on a grill. Refried beans are then applied, along with lard and vegetables, to serve as a base for the main ingredients. The rules for topping a tlayuda are not strict, and restaurants and street vendors often offer a variety of toppings, including "'tasajo" (cuts of meat typical of the Central Valley of Oaxaca), chorizo, and cecina enchilada (thin strips of chili powder-encrusted pork). They may be prepared open-faced or folded in half.

Its main characteristics are its large size (even more than 40 cm in diameter); its completely different flavor from other types of tortillas; and the slight hardness in its consistency (without being toasted, but rather leathery), which it acquires when it is cooked in a comal, usually made of clay. It is left there to semi-toast, that is, it is cooked for longer than other types of tortillas, and then stored in a tenate, a basket made of palm leaves. It thus acquires its characteristic consistency: flexible to semi-brittle, very slightly moist, fresh, difficult to chew for those who are not used to it, very light aroma like burnt tortilla, almost imperceptible. A very light amount of salt in the nixtamal dough with which it is prepared in some cases, as well as its cooking almost until it is toasted, make the tlayuda last longer without decomposing, unlike what happens with common tortillas.[6]


Tlayuda was featured on the Netflix TV series Street Food volume 2, which focuses on Latin American street food.[7]

See also



  1. ^ Mark Bittman (2009). Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express: 404 inspired seasonal dishes you can make in 20 minutes or less. Simon and Schuster. p. 43. ISBN 9781416578987. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  2. ^ Anderson, Ian (November 9, 2020). "Brunch becomes a celebration at Cocina de Barrio". San Diego Reader. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Tlayudas". Oaxaca Times. Archived from the original on 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
  4. ^ a b Bittman, Mark (2008-09-05). "Recipe of the Day: Tlayuda With Black Bean Purée". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
  5. ^ Bruce Geddes (2000). World Food Mexico. Hawthorn Victoria (Australia): Lonely Planet Publications PTY Ltd. p. 83. ISBN 1864500239.
  6. ^ "Tlayuda oaxaqueña, la pizza mexicana". Crónica de Oaxaca (in Mexican Spanish). 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  7. ^ "The tlayuda wins Netflix street food championship". Mexico News Daily. Mexico News Daily. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2020.