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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  1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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!!

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

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