Tetelas are a traditional Mexican dish made from a triangular-shaped corn masa harina dough that’s filled with black beans and cheese.

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Ingredients Needed

This recipe uses shredded Oaxaca cheese, but feel free to use Chihuahua or Monterey jack cheese.

*Quick Tip!*

- masa harina - water - beans - cheese - vegetables

Start by frying the onion, garlic, and jalepeño in olive oil in a hot skillet. Add in the black beans and bring them to a simmer.


Transfer everything from the skillet into a large blender and puree until smooth. Knead together the masa harina, water, and salt in a large bowl.


Form the dough into 15 small equal-sized balls, press and flatten each ball using a tortilla press. Place about the black bean mixture and Oaxacan cheese in the center of the masa.


Cook them for about 3 minutes per side. Drizzle Mexican crema, chopped cilantro, and a my favorite salsa for dunking!


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Isabel Orozco-Moore