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Pupusas - Pupusa Recipe

As we've come to realize, Pupusas are a popular El Salvadorian food. They are made of corn flour and is like a thick fried tortilla filled with cheese, pork, beans or anything you like.

Pupusa Recipe

2 cups of masa harina (I believe that is just corn flour for the dough, sometimes called corn masa flour)
1 cup of Water
1 cup of Filling (you can use cheese, shredded pork, bacon, beans or even minced jalapeno peppers)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the maseca and water and knead well.
  2. Knead in more water, one tablespoonful at a time, if needed to make a moist, yet firm dough. It should not crack at the edges when you press down on it.
  3. Set aside to rest 5-10 minutes.
  4. Roll dough into a log and cut into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball.
  5. Press a hole in each ball with your thumb. Put about 1 tablespoon of desired filling into each ball and fold the dough over to
    completely enclose it.
  6. Press the ball out with your palms to form a disc. Be careful that the filling doesn't spill out.
  7. Place the dough between plastic wrap. Roll it out with a rolling pin to about 6" wide and 1/8-1/4" thick.
  8. Heat a skillet over high heat.
  9. Cook each pupusa for about 1-2 minutes on each side till lightly browned and blistered.

Serving: 8 pupusas

Pupusa Recipe

5 cups masa harina flour (Again look for corn masa flour)
Water, about 4 cups
2 to 3 cans (8oz) refried beans
3 cups grated mozzarella or other soft white cheese
Shredded pork (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional)
1 medium green chile cored of seeds and diced fine (optional)
Vegetable or olive oil


  1. In large mixing bowl, stir water into masa until dough forms a ball that can be handled. Use more or less water if necessary.
  2. Into another bowl, empty the refried beans.
  3. In another bowl, place the grated cheese.
  4. Divide dough into 25 or so pieces.
  5. Roll each into a ball and flatten between the palms of your hands to about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Put a spoonful of beans and a small handful of cheese into the center of each pupusa, and enclose dough firmly around it.
  7. Flatten again, keeping the filling inside.
  8. If you are using the chile pepper, pork and cumin, they can be mixed into the refried beans beforehand.
  9. Heat a heavy, wide-bottomed or flat skillet until hot, brush with oil.
  10. Cook pupusas on each side for 4 to 5 minutes until golden-brown.

Note: You should be able to find corn masa flour for pupusas at the grocery store.

If not, I found that MexGrocer.com have it online under Ingredients->Tamales.
- Online grocery shopping store for Authentic Mexican food, cooking recipes and culture.

Of course, instead of trying to make them yourself, you can always just get them at the El Salvadorian Restaurant!