When I was in college, I spent a summer in El Salvador with a group called Help International. We worked in orphanages, built houses, taught gardening and business classes, and ate a lot of PUPUSAS! I didn’t know how much I loved them until I came home and couldn’t have them. They are amazing thick corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, beans, meat, or anything you can think of. I was missing them earlier this year and decided to look up how to make them…I was excited to see how easy they are!
What you need:
Masa Flour (find at any grocery store, usually by the beans and salsa)
Filling (you decide, my favorite is black bean and cheese)
How to Make Pupusas:
Mix masa flour, a little bit of salt, a dash of garlic powder (depending on your taste) and water. The proportions vary, close to 1 part water and 1 part masa flour. The dough needs to be soft enough to mold into a “bowl shape” without crumbling. Add more water or flour until you get the right consistency. It takes a little bit of practice, but you will get the feel for it.
Grab a handful of dough and mold it into a small bowl. Fill the bowl with your filling. Pinch the dough closed to form a ball.
Now the fun part (kids like this too) Pat it between your hands to make it flat. I usually make my pupusas about 1/2 inch thick.
Heat up a frying pan on medium heat. Drizzle pan with oil (or use cooking spray) and place the pupusa on the pan.
The time depends on the thickness of the dough. Flip it to get both sides cooked. The dough will get crispy. Now eat them!
I usually put a little sour cream and salsa verde on them. So good!