Dining In: Tlayuda Time

A tasty street snack from Huatulco.

By Chef David Lapham | Photography by Pamela Ashley Pasco

The nine bays of Huatulco (Bahías de Huatulco) are home to pristine beaches where vendors sell delicious foods, like tlayuda. Often referred to as Mexican pizza, this easy-to-make snack is one of Oaxaca’s most popular street foods. It couldn’t be simpler: Garnish a fresh corn tortilla with refried beans, chorizo and Oaxaca cheese (among other toppings) and bake it in the oven. The only difficult thing about a tlayuda is trying to eat just one slice.


1 Tbsp vegetable oil

5 oz chorizo

1 can refried pinto beans

4 corn tortillas

½ cup shredded Oaxaca cheese  (or Monterey Jack)

2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

1 cup queso fresco, crumbled

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a large pan, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the chorizo and cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve. In same pan (using same oil), heat the beans over low to medium heat until easy to spread. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and spread each with beans. Add chorizo and the Oaxaca cheese, dividing equally among tortillas. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle with the lettuce, queso fresco and salt and pepper. Cut each into four pieces and serve warm.

Other toppings to try are guacamole, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, cilantro, sour cream and shredded chicken.

Serves 4

RCI affiliated resorts near Huatalco include:
Casa Divina D785
212 Centro, Xicoténcatl, Oaxaca
Casa Cid del Leon C717
602 Morelos, Oaxaca
Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa by UVC C862
Sección Hotelera Bahía de Conejos, Lote 8, Bahía de Conejos, Oaxaca
Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa by UVC C563
4 Blvd. Benito Juárez, Bahía Tangolunda, Oaxaca
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Non-RCI affiliated resorts:
Las Brisas Bahía Tangolunda
011-52-958-583-0200; brisas.com.mx; doubles from $185 a night*
Hotel Binniguenda Huatulco
201 Blvd. Santa Cruz; 011-52-958-583-2600; binniguendahuatulco.com.mx; doubles from $89 a night 
  • *Prices have been converted to U.S. dollars.
  • *Estimated meal prices do not include drinks, tax, or tip.
  • Published: Fall 2015