The recipe for the Yucatecan Salbutes

The Salbutes are a Mexican appetizer dish served mainly in Yucatan, made with the corn tortillas dough, fried in oil until they inflated then made crisp, opened in two and filled with ground beef or turkey and chicken, then topped with tomato and shredded lettuce, then perhaps a sliced avocado and the traditional Yucatecan pickled red onions.

Salbutes are served with refried black beans on the side, if you put the beans inside the tortilla the salbutes become a completely different dish, called Panuchos, and both are part of the mexican cuisine of Yucatan.

Recipe for the Mexican Salbutes


* 1/2 lb. of ground pork
* 4 cups corn flour for tortillas
* 3 tablespoons white wheat flour
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 3 tbsp butter
* 1 red tomato, blanched, peeled, seeds removed and chopped
* 1 purple onion,
* 1 lettuce
* Grated añejo cheese (Substitute with Parmesan)
* 2 cloves garlic
* salt
* Oil for frying


1) Saute the meat in a skillet until brown, add tomatoes, garlic and onion, salt to taste, simmer on the stove until the liquid reduces and is almost completely gone.

2) In a bowl mix the corn flour with the wheat flour, baking powder, lard and a pinch of salt; mix and knead the dough while gradually adding water until dough has formed a smooth mass. Make small dough balls, the size of a walnut then flatten to form the small tortillas.

3) Fry the flat dough circles in hot oil; they will inflate because of the baking powder, then remove and drain on paper towel, open the middle and fill with the pork, garnish with pickled onions** and finish decorating with lettuce and grated cheese. Serve with black beans on the side.

** Making the Pickled purple onions (escabeche): slice half an onion very thinly and put in a pan with some water, vinegar and salt, when it starts to boil, remove and drain, garnish with oregano and oil.

Buen provecho!

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