mbeju recipe

Hi folks, I decided to start this new week sharing a new South American recipe on the blog: Mbeju.

Let’s say that it’s great for breakfast, dinner or as a snack. You’ll feel satisfied and won’t get hungry for several hours after eating this cheesy, gluten-free tortilla-like.

Actually it’s a recipe from Paraguay, but you guys now that I was born in Misiones, just a river separates us from our brothers in Paraguay. In both sides, we grow tapioca (mandioca) and its flour it’s a fundamental ingredient in the diet of these regions… or was 😛

More about this food here.

For one mbejú, you’ll need (did I mention that it’s actually shareable?)

  • 1 cup tapioca flour (available in Whole Foods, Latin Grocery Markets and guess what? Some Asian markets also carry tapioca starch or flour and it’s super cheap, something like $0.79 per pound).
  • 1/2 cup gouda cheese (curds or grated)
  • 1/8 cup organic milk
  • 1/8 cup water (room temperature)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Begin by combining the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the melted butter.


When it has a crumble consistency, add the milk, cheese and then the water. Use your hands to integrate them after each addition.


It will have this crumble look. Don’t worry, it’s going to become something in a few minutes.


Add a little butter to a large pan and set it to medium heat.


Add the mixture to the pan and set it to a lower heat.


Use a spoon to give a more flatten look to this crumble mixture.


When the cheese starts melting it might be the moment to turn it over. You’ll see that’s it’s easy to unstick it from the pan using a spatula when it’s done.


Usually, I slide the mbeju to a dish using a spatula and then flip it with the help of another dish.


Use what’s easier for you to flip the mbeju and cook it on the other side for another 3-5 minutes. Serve warm.


All those golden-brown pieces of deliciousness…


Serve warm.


Enjoy it with a cup of mate cocido!



4 Replies

  • It is so delicious!!!!!
    Hola, también soy de Misiones (Corpus) y vivo en Massachusetts desde hace mucho tiempo…
    Mbeju con mate cocido, un clásico! 🙂 Reviro…
    Muy buena la receta con excelente ilustración y explicación!!
    Tengo que buscar la versión vegana… 🙂

    • Hola Marcelo! Gracias por tu comentario!
      Conozco Corpus! Me acuerdo haber ido de chica a quedarme unos días en la casa de la abuela de una amiga. Fue una experiencia muy linda estar en esa casa en el medio del campo!
      Y que lindo Massachussetts! Mi esposo es de Boston así que somos fans de los Patriots y los Red Sox aunque ahora estemos transplantados a la costa Oeste 🙂
      Avísame si intentas una versión vegana! Yo creo que se podría cambiar la mantequilla por margarina, en vez de leche directamente agregaría agua (no hay tanta diferencia en tan poquita cantidad) pero con el tema del queso ni idea como quedaría… Así que avísame si consigues alguna buena versión vegana!

    • Thanks Ann for your comment! I hope you both like this recipe! I love Sopa Paraguaya by the way, I have to create a post with that recipe! It’s so good!

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