Lupita's Tlayudas

A tlayuda is like a Mexican pizza or calzone.

TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 25 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

GRILLED PORK CHOPS:
  • About 20 dried arbol chiles
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml olive oil
    TLAYUDAS:
    • 4 oversized flat tortillas
    • 2 tablespoons/30 ml lard or duck fat, optional
    • 1/2 cup/125 ml refried black beans, pureed
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • Hot sauce
    • 1 cup/250 ml grated Oaxaca cheese
      OPTIONAL GARNISHES:
      • Chopped fresh cilantro
      • Salsa
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      Directions

      Cook's Note: Oaxaca cheese is very similar to mozzarella. It has a mild, buttery flavor. You can substitute with mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese.

      Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

      For the grilled pork chops: In a food processor, reduce the chiles to a powder. In a small bowl, mix the chile powder with the olive oil and season with salt. Rub the meat with the chile oil and grill until desired doneness, about 5 minutes depending on the size of the pork chop. Keep warm.

      For the tlayudas: Place 1 tortilla on a baking sheet or pizza stone and spread with 1/2 tablespoon lard if using, and then a quarter of the refried bean puree. Add a quarter of the avocado, sprinkle with hot sauce to taste and top with a quarter of the cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

      Meanwhile, thinly slice the pork chops.

      Garnish each tortilla with lettuce, onions, diced tomatoes, cilantro and salsa. Eat open-faced or fold in half if desired and top with the thinly sliced grilled pork chops.
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