What’s a Pupusa?

You might have wondered what’s a Pupusa pronounced: (poo-poo-saw)? )


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What is a Pupusa?

There is A pupusa a conventional El Salvadorian dish. You can say a pupusa will be always to El Salvador as an arepa would be to Colombia. The two pupusas and arepas are made with masa p maíz, which is corn dough. Masa p maíz is typical throughout Latin American cuisine and makes for some finger-licking dishes!

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The practice of preparing masa p maíz along with nixtamal (a variation of masa de maiz) has been around since 1500 BC. Pupusa traditions return to the 11th century on the time of the Pipil Tribes. Even through colonization, the Pipil people retained a portion of the culinary identity.



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Following Is a pupusa recipe so they can be made by you at home:

Pupusas are served with spicy tomato sauce coleslaw, or both. There is A pupusa a blank slate. It can be filled with anything, really. Cheeselegumes, chicharron (ground pork), poultry or ground meat are the most common. Coastal towns offer pupusas. While some types of arepas and tortillas are level, pupusas are cooked with the stuffing indoors. It is like getting a sealed sandwich unlike every other.


El Salvador’s capital city has no lack of these dishes. Street vendors and Several restaurants provide 7 days per week to clients that are hungry. Tipicos Margoth is a restaurant that began as Pupuseria Margoth in 1962. Clients loved Mrs. Margoth’s pupusas so much that the eatery expanded into the successful restaurant it is today. Here you may purchase pupusas made with pork, eggs, cheese, spicy peppers and legumes.

Some may warn you from becoming pupusas however, I threw caution into the wind and did it anyway. They were a tad more greasy than restaurant pupusas, but tasty.

This really is a city southeast of San Salvador located along the RN-05 highway. It famous for the rice pupusas. Olocuilta features a cluster of pupusa sellers along the main street. The area is called Pupusodromo p Olocuilta. In the event the broad selection is intimidating, then proceed with the customary legumes and cheese pupusa. You won’t be let down.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: About 6 pupusas


3 cups masa harina (corn flour for making tortillas)


1 1/2 cups warm water

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 cup grated quesillo (Salvadoran cheese)( or substitute queso fresco, mozzarella, or farmer’s cheese)

1/2 cup refried beans (optional)

1 cup Chicharrón (optional)


In a bowl, mix with salt and the water, stirring well. Add extra water if necessary to obtain a soft dough that does not crack around the edges after flattened. ? Let the dough rest for about 15 minutes. ? When using the refried beans, put them in a blender or cuisinart and process until smooth. Do the same the consistency should be more like a paste.

Divide dough. Form a ball of bread, and then make an indentation from the ball. Put filling of choice from the indentation, and carefully wrap dough around the filling to seal. Flatten ball to a disc thick, being careful to keep filling out out . (This takes a little training ). ? Wipe a rather little bit of oil on the surface of a heavy skillet (cast iron and even enameled cast iron works well). Heat the skillet over moderate heat, and place the pupusas from the skillet. Allow to brown on each side, like a tortilla, flipping crucial. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Recipe by: Marian Blazes

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Special thanks to the El Salvador Tourism Board.