How To Make Pupusas

Pupusas are a traditional food from El Salvador. They are a thick tortilla-type dough filled with cheese, and sometimes pork rind. This unique food is sure to be a hit with your guests!

Step 1

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 2 cups masa harina flour (preferably fresh), or Maseca corn flour/masa mix. If using Maseca, follow the instructions on the box to prepare it prior to making your pupusas.
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 cup soft white cheese, grated
  • Pork rind or seasoned pork meat (optional)
  • Vegetable or olive oil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Skillet

Step 2

Mix the dough. Pour the flour into a mixing bowl. Then gradually stir in water until the dough forms a ball. It should not crack at the edges when you press down on the lump of dough. You may need a little more or less than one cup of water; but don't add it all at once.

Step 3

Form the pupusas. Divide the dough into about eight pieces. Roll each into a ball, and then press a hole into each ball with your thumb.

Step 4

Add the fillings. Place a spoonful of beans and a small handful of cheese into the center of each pupusa, as well as pork rind or seasoned meat, if you'd like. Then flatten the dough with the filling inside, making sure the filling stays inside the pupusa without spilling. Flatten the dough between your palms. Your dough should be about half an inch thick. You can use a tortilla press to flatten the dough, if you have one, and this can make the job go a little faster. However, your hands will work just as well and be the more authentic method.

Step 5

Cook the Pupusas. Heat the skillet on medium-high heat and then add a little oil. Cook pupusas for about 2 minutes on each side, until they turn golden brown. The outside should be firm, not doughy. Cook them one at a time, and set them on a covered plate to keep warm until you're done cooking them all.

Step 6

Serve. The pupusas will be very hot, so be careful when removing them from the skillet. Serve warm, and eat by hand. Enjoy! You can even double or triple the recipe to serve this unique dish to a crowd. Pupusas are traditionally served with tomato salsa and "curtido", which is a special kind of cabbage salad.

Pupusas are available at many restaurants and roadside stands in El Salvador. If you've got a craving for pupusas, or just want to try something new, try this easy recipe. Although similar to thick corn tortillas, pupusas are their own dish, and they are delicious! Once you have the basic ingredients down, experiment with the fillings. You can add chopped green chillies, finely minced sautéed jalapeños, or even cooked potatoes.


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