recipe

Pupusas are thick corn tortilla cakes stuffed with savory ingredients such as beans, meat, or—in this recipe—cheese.

safety
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Advanced
time
  • 1 hour
yield
  • Serves 4 to 6 (Makes 8 pupusas)

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Gather Cooking Equipment

  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Medium bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors
  • Large zipper-lock plastic wrap
  • Large plate
  • Dish towel
  • Ruler
  • Clear pie plate or 8-inch square glass baking dish
  • 12-inch nonstick skillet
  • Spatula
  • Serving platter

Prepare Ingredients

2 cups (8 ounces)
masa harina
¾ teaspoon
salt
1½ cups (12 ounces)
warm water
1 teaspoon
vegetable oil
Vegetable oil spray
2 cups
shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces)
Cabbage Slaw (optional)
1
 
2 cups (8 ounces)
masa harina
¾ teaspoon
salt
1½ cups (12 ounces)
warm water
1 teaspoon
vegetable oil

STIR: In bowl, stir together masa harina and salt. Add warm water and oil. Stir well until no dry masa remains and soft dough forms, about 1 minute. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.

 
2
 
Vegetable oil spray

CUT: While dough rests, use scissors to cut side seams of large zipper-lock plastic bag, leaving bottom seam intact. Open bag and spray inside of bag lightly with vegetable oil spray. Set aside.

 
3
 

PORTION: When dough is ready, roll dough into 8 equal balls (about ⅓ cup each). Place on large plate and cover with damp dish towel.

2up pupusa dough hydration

Too dry

Just right

 
4
 
2 cups
shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces)

FILL: Pat 1 dough ball into 4-inch circle. Squeeze ¼ cup Monterey Jack into ball. Place cheese ball in center of dough circle, pull sides over, and pinch at top. Roll into smooth ball. Repeat with remaining dough.

 
5
 

PRESS: Open bag, place 1 filled pupusa ball inside, and fold over top of bag. Place pie plate on top of bag and press ball into 4-inch circle. Return pressed pupusa to large plate and cover with damp dish towel. Repeat with remaining 7 filled pupusa balls.

 
6
 

COOK: Spray skillet lightly with vegetable oil spray. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, about 1 minute. Add 4 pupusas to skillet and cook until spotty brown, 6 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Repeat with remaining 4 pupusas.