What’s a Pupusa?

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

Places to Try Pupusas

What is a Pupusa?

A pupusa is really a conventional El Salvadorian dish. You can say a pupusa would be to El Salvador as an arepa would be to Colombia. Both pupusas and arepas are made with masa, which is basically corn dough. Masa p maíz is common across Latin American cuisine which makes for some finger-licking dishes!

San Salvador

The practice of preparing masa p maíz and nixtamal (a version of masa de maiz) has existed since 1500 BC. Pupusa traditions date back to the 11th century on the time of this Pipil Tribes. Even through Spanish colonization, the Pipil folks retained some of their culinary identity.



Discover That the Fab 4 Beers of El Salvador

Here’s a pupusa recipe so they can be made by you in Your home:

Pupusas are usually served with even perhaps both , spicy tomato sauce, or coleslaw. A pupusa that is plain is really a blank slate. It could be filled with anything. Cheeselegumes, chicharron (ground pork), chicken or ground meat will be the most typical. Coastal cities even provide you pupusas. Pupusas are cooked together using the stuffing already inside while some types of arepas and tortillas are level. It’s like getting a toaster that is sealed unlike every other.

El Salvador’s capital city has no lack of those dishes that are savory. Street vendors and Several restaurants provide 7 days per week to customers that are hungry. Tipicos Margoth is a restaurant which began in 1962. Clients loved Mrs. Margoth’s pupusas so much that the eatery enlarged into the prosperous restaurant it is today. Here you are able to purchase pupusas made with pork, eggs, cheese, hot peppers and beans.

I threw caution to the wind and did it anyhow, although you will be warned by some from becoming pupusas from street vendors. They were a tad greasier than restaurant pupusas, but delicious.


This really is a city north west of San Salvador. It renowned for the rice pupusas. Olocuilta includes a cluster of pupusa vendors along the road. The region is called Pupusodromo p Olocuilta. Proceed with the customary beans and cheese pupusa, In the event the broad selection is intimidating. You will not 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 large bowl, combine the masa harina with salt and the water, stirring well. Add more water if necessary to obtain a soft dough that does not crack round the edges after flattened. ? Allow the dough rest, covered with plastic wrap, for around 15 minutes. ? Place them in cuisinart or a blender When using the refried beans and process until smooth. Do the same the consistency needs to be more like a glue.

Divide dough. Type a ball of bread, and then make an indentation from the ball. Place filling of selection from the indentation, and carefully wrap dough around the filling. Flatten ball into a disc, about 1/4 inch thick, being careful to keep from leaking out filling . (This takes a little training ). ? Wipe a very small amount of oil on the face of a heavy skillet (cast iron as well as enameled cast iron works well). Heat the skillet over moderate heat, and set the pupusas from the skillet. Allow to brown on each side, flipping as essential, like a tortilla. Remove from heat and serve hot.

Recipe by: Marian Blazes

Have you ever attempted pupusas or made them in your home? Leave us a question or comment below!

Special thanks to the El Salvador Tourism Board.