Recipe courtesy of Francesca Chaney


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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 3 servings
Garnaches are a fun and tasty Belizean snack commonly sold from someone's front yard or in small local eateries in Belize. The simple combination of corn, beans and cheese provides a filling bite to hold you over until your next meal.


Refried Beans:

Corn Tortillas:



  1. For the refried beans: Saute the onions in the oil in a small pan over medium heat until soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Place the beans in the pan and season with the salt, pepper and garlic powder. As the beans are cooking, mix and smash them until a mashed consistency forms. They should be smooth and fully mashed.
  2. For the corn tortillas: Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Fry the corn tortillas individually until golden brown and crispy on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. 
  3. For the garnachas: Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of the refried beans on the crispy corn tortillas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the shredded cheese over the beans. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the ketchup over each garnache.