Homemade Huaraches with Grandma’s Queso Blanco Cheese


Huaraches are a traditional Mexican dish, named after the shape of a popular sandal. These delicious masa cakes are typically topped with various ingredients, but one of the most beloved versions includes fresh, homemade Queso Blanco cheese. This recipe will guide you through making huaraches from scratch and topping them with the delightful, creamy cheese just like Grandma used to make.


For the Huaraches:

  • 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup refried beans (black or pinto)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Toppings:

  • 1 cup homemade Queso Blanco, crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • Salsa of your choice
  • Lime wedges (optional)


Making the Huaraches:

  1. Prepare the Dough: In a large bowl, mix the masa harina and salt. Gradually add the warm water, mixing until a soft dough forms. The dough should be pliable but not sticky. If it’s too dry, add a little more water; if too sticky, add a bit more masa harina.
  2. Shape the Huaraches: Divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and then flatten into an oval shape about 1/4 inch thick. Use your hands or a rolling pin for this step.
  3. Fill with Beans: Spread a thin layer of refried beans over the center of each oval, leaving a small border around the edges. Fold the dough over the beans and seal the edges, then flatten again gently to maintain the oval shape.
  4. Cook the Huaraches: Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the huaraches in batches, about 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and slightly crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

Assembling the Huaraches:

  1. Top with Queso Blanco: Place the cooked huaraches on a serving platter. Generously sprinkle crumbled Queso Blanco over each one.
  2. Add Fresh Toppings: Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and diced onions.
  3. Serve: Drizzle with salsa and serve with lime wedges on the side for an extra zesty flavor.

Enjoying homemade huaraches with Grandma’s Queso Blanco cheese is a wonderful way to savor traditional Mexican flavors. This recipe brings the warmth and love of a family kitchen to your table, making it perfect for sharing with friends and loved ones. Enjoy your cooking and Buen Provecho!


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