Bhel With Refried Bean Sauce

"Tangy and Crispy Mexican Bhel. Takes less than 30 minutes to prep and tastes oh so good! "
-- @livelifefolk

Recipe Intro From livelifefolk

A Mexican twist on the traditional Indian bhel


    • 8 flour Tortillas
    • 2 medium Onion finely chopped
    • 1 large Green Bell Pepper finely chopped
    • 2 small Tomatoes finely chopped
    • 2 cups shredded Lettuce
    • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
    • Oil for frying

For the Refried Beans Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Ajwain seeds
  • 1 Tsp Ginger
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 500 g Refried Beans
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cut flour tortillas into 1'' squares and deep fry in oil till golden brown; keep aside.

Refried Beans Sauce
  1. In a large pan, add oil and once its hot add ajwain seeds, let it simmer for a minute. 
  2. Add 1 Tsp ginger paste and stir until mixed.
  3. Add the tomato puree and simmer on low heat for 5 mins.
  4. Once hot, add the refried beans and gently mix. Add chilli powder and salt to taste.
  5. Add a cup of water and more depending on the consistency you need to achieve.
  6. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to a low, and simmer for five minutes.

Assembling the dish
  1. Take fried tortillas in a serving plate and assemble them at the bottom.
  2. Add a thin layer of cheddar cheese on top.
  3. Layer a generous amount of the refried beans sauce. The heat from the bean sauce will make the cheese gooey.
  4. Next top it with tomatoes and continue layering with capsicum, lettuce and onions. See photo series as a guide.
  5. Top with another layer of tortillas chips and add cheese on top if you like
  6. Serve immediately