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Receta de Pupusas (El Salvador)

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Receta de Pupusas


  • 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Filling options:

    • Shredded cheese (queso fresco or mozzarella)

    • Cooked and seasoned ground pork (chicharrón)

    • Refried beans

    • Loroco (a traditional Salvadoran edible flower)

    • Revueltas (combination of cheese, beans, and chicharrón)

Instructions: 1. Prepare the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the masa harina and salt.

  • Slowly add warm water while mixing with your hands until the dough becomes soft and pliable. It should be slightly moist but not sticky. If the dough is too dry, add a bit more water; if it's too wet, add a touch more masa harina.

  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for about 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Prepare the Fillings:

  • If you're using loroco or other vegetables, sauté them in a bit of oil until they're tender and seasoned to taste. Set aside.

  • For the chicharrón filling, cook ground pork in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked. Season with salt, pepper, and any other desired spices. Set aside.

3. Forming the Pupusas:

  • Take a golf ball-sized portion of the dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten it slightly to form a small disk.

  • Create an indentation in the center of the dough and add your desired filling (e.g., cheese, refried beans, chicharrón, loroco, or a combination of fillings).

  • Gently close the dough around the filling, forming a ball again.

  • Using your hands, gently pat the ball back into a thick, flat disc, about 4 to 5 inches in diameter.

4. Cook the Pupusas:

  • Heat a non-stick griddle or a large skillet over medium-high heat. You can lightly grease the surface with oil or use a dry skillet if it's non-stick.

  • Carefully place the pupusas on the hot griddle and cook them for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they develop a golden-brown crust.

  • Serve the pupusas warm with traditional accompaniments like curtido (pickled cabbage) and salsa roja (tomato sauce).

Enjoy your Receta de Pupusas homemade pupusas, and don't forget to share this delightful Salvadoran dish with your loved ones!

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