Jun 28

Make ya some pupusas!

That man I live with likes to say that my pupusas taste like a hot brick.  

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He is also the individual who thinks cookie dough tastes like a ball of wet sand.  So clearly we can not trust him.  But I just played this song and he was into it.  So I’ll keep him.

Seriously tho.  He actually liked these. And I loved them because I’m such a masa lover.  I have every intention of googling “every dish you can possibly make with masa” and then working my way through that list.  Or perhaps ordering a masa cookbook.  I love the stuff.

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So a couple weeks ago, I went with a friend for breakfast and ordered pupusas.  If you love thick & doughy corn tortillas, then you’ll love pupusas.  They are doughy corn tortilla purses filled with any fillings that you would normally put in a taco.  It’s like a more portable taco, which is fabulous.

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The life stages of a pupusa…

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You can totally fill the pupusas with whatever your heart desires.  I went with black beans, sautéed zucchini, cheese and cilantro.  And just know that these babies are totally perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time.  ALL THE TIME.

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Yield: makes 5 pupusas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 cups masa harina
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup warm water

sautéed zucchini
black beans
sharp cheddar (i used a mix of Monterey jack + sharp cheddar)



In a bowl, mix together masa, salt and warm water.  Dough should be play-doh consistency.  If too dry, add more water.  If too wet, add more masa.  Cover and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prep your fillings: grate cheese, sauté zucchini in a bit of olive oil, rinse/dry black bean.

Now, roll a bit of the dough into a ball.  Press the dough into a cup shape.  Fill cup with filling and cover with a flat disk of dough.  Press dough together to seal and then roll dough into a ball.  Press dough with filling inside into a flat disk.  Repeat with remaining dough and filling.  Heat some olive oil over medium heat.  Add pupusa disks and cook until golden brown and crispy on both sides (~3 minutes/side). ENJOY!

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13 Responses to “Make ya some pupusas!”

  1. Kate — June 28, 2016 @ 6:32 am (#)

    This is such a fun/creative meal idea. I’ve never had a pupusa before.Is corn flour and masa harina similar? Identical? Nothing like each other at all?

    • Kylie — June 28, 2016 @ 8:59 am (#)

      From what I understand, it’s a softened corn flour!

  2. Shannon — June 28, 2016 @ 8:42 am (#)

    I NEED to make these! I have never worked with masa before but you make it look so easy!

  3. Hannah — June 28, 2016 @ 10:20 am (#)

    Yay for doughy corn things! Question, do you think I could sub half of the masa for corn meal or corn flour?

    • Kylie — June 28, 2016 @ 12:20 pm (#)

      I’ve read some articles on masa vs. corn flour and I don’t think you can substitute them:(

  4. Dani @ Dani California Cooks — June 28, 2016 @ 12:36 pm (#)

    Ooooh I love dough-y consistencies of masa. Sometimes I make an enchilada bake using the ezekial sprouted corn tortillas, and I double layer them and then add a little water or chicken stock afterwards to soften everything up. It’s a roundabout way of making masa!

  5. Lauren — June 28, 2016 @ 5:22 pm (#)

    The Brit in me has never heard of this or tasted one, but this needs to change. Looks and sounds delicious!! 

  6. Hilary — June 29, 2016 @ 4:41 pm (#)

    Thank you for introducing me to these! Can’t wait to try them!

  7. Beth L. — October 31, 2016 @ 10:09 am (#)

    These are on the menu for this week- can’t wait :)  Do you know where I can buy the masa harina you have in this picture? Thank you!!

    • Kylie — October 31, 2016 @ 10:15 am (#)

      I bought mine at my local grocery store…HEB!

  8. Beth L. — October 31, 2016 @ 10:22 am (#)

    Aw man, Dallas doesn’t have HEB’s :( That’s okay, I’ll figure it out. :)

    • Kylie — October 31, 2016 @ 2:21 pm (#)

      Good luck!


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