Review by Dave Miller-The tlayuda sometimes spelled clayuda, is a handmade
traditional Mexican dish consisting of a large, thin,
crunchy, partially fried or toasted tortilla covered with a
spread of refried beans, asiento, lettuce or cabbage,
avocado, meat, Oaxacan cheese and salsa.
But the above description from Wikipedia is like saying
Willie Mays was just a baseball player, Josh Grobin just a
singer or Michael Phelps just a swimmer. They are all
technically true, but woefully miss the mark in explaining
You see, when it’s done right, the traditional tlayuda is
more than just a Mexican dish, it is one of the anchors of
the gastronomical galaxy known as Oaxaca.
Originally posted on Multiculturalcookingnetwork.com January 2013
The tlayuda is an all star baseball player, an award
winning singer and a multiple Olympic gold medal winner all
in one. And if you ever find yourself in Oaxaca, you need
to get a taxi right away and head over to Tlayudas San
When you arrive the outside is going to worry you if you
don’t typically eat off the beaten track in Mexico. It’s
just an opening in a residential area with blue steel doors
and a banner that tells you the place has a good, clean
atmosphere. Yet, as soon as you walk in, you realize you
are somewhere special, like an enchanted garden. Lots of
greenery, bamboo like plants, umbrellas and a rich almost
tropical feel. It is as if you could sit there all day,
and you can because once you walk in, you are treated like
family. There’s even a playground if you bring the kids.
The menu is simple, and hangs from the ceiling. Tlayudas.
Pick your topping. Beef, pork, ribs, skirt steak or eggs
from the grill. Add your drink, soda or beer, and you’re
Once we ordered, it took about 15 minutes for our food to
And here’s what you get. A gigantic fired roasted
quesadilla like creation stuffed with cheese, black beans
and finished with your desired topping. I had the eggs,
which came perfectly fried hard. Now, I’ve had lots of
tlayudas around Oaxaca, but this one was different, because
the tortilla was cooked to perfection.
When I picked it up, there was no sag at all. This
wonderful creation was crispy through and through, the
result of just the right amount of time over the coals.
The beans were not over the top and there was just the
right amount of that great Oaxaca string like cheese,
Once I added avocado, chepiche, a Oaxacan herb, and a some
roasted chile de aqua, it was off the charts wonderful.
Now, I’ve got to tell you, this place can be hard to find.
It’s in the Colonia San Jacinto but it is not along the
row of the other locations that sell tlayudas. Look for
the San Jacinto signs that call you to this little slice of
heaven in Oaxaca and prepare yourself to fall in love with
this all star of Oaxacan cuisine, maybe for the first time,
or all over again.
Tlayudas San Jacinto
Colonia San Jacinto Amilpas
Calle Benito Juarez #11
Tlayuda and a soda… $6.00 con una cerveza