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Belizean garnaches which is a corn tostada topped with refried beans, chicken, shredded cheese and relish on a white plate with cheese in the background

Belizean Garnaches

One of the most popular foods in Belize is the Garnaches, which is a street food. This version is so very delicious and simple to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Belizean, central american
Servings 2 people
Calories 499 kcal


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 15.2 oz refried beans canned or in a pouch
  • few tbsp Belizean hot pepper onion sauce Visit https://explorecookeat.com/belizean-hot-pepper-onion-sauce/ for the recipe
  • cooked shredded chicken optional but nice!
  • few tablespoon Edam or Gouda cheese shredded


  • Shred your cheese, and set aside.
    Zyliss cheese grater and shredded Edam cheese in a bowl
  • Warm the vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium high. Once the oil is hot, fry the corn tortillas on both sides until crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Remove once crispy and place on paper towels to drain and absorb the oil.
    corn tortillas frying in oil in a pan
  • Warm your refried beans. If using a pouch, follow the directions for warming, and if using canned, place the beans in a small saucepan and warm for a few minutes.
  • Assemble your garnaches by layering the fried tortillas with these ingredients in the following order: refried beans, shredded cooked chicken (if using), Belizean hot pepper onion sauce, and shredded Gouda or Edam cheese!
    corn tortillas on a white plate, refried beans in a white bowl, relish in a glass bowl, shredded chicken and cheese in glass bowls.
  • Enjoy!!!
    Belizean garnaches on a plate


Please note that the nutrition facts don't take into account the Belizean Hot Pepper Onion Sauce.  Please view Belizean Hot Pepper Onion Sauce for more info on nutrition facts for this ingredient. 
Enjoy this taste of Belize in your home!  Served either as a main meal or a snack, these Belizean Garnaches will become a family favorite!!  


Calories: 499kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 12gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 1262mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 12gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 180IUCalcium: 113mgIron: 3mg
Keyword garnaches
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