Pupusas

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)

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@lazyme5909

The pupusa is a traditional "fast food" sold by street vendors in El Salvador. It's a thick, handmade tortilla stuffed with a savory filling and cooked to a golden brown. Other versions of pupusas, called by different names, are popular throughout Central America. Some favorite fillings include cheese, chicken, and pork skin cracklings.

From El Cocodrilo's cookbook.

Rating:

★★★★☆ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 c
    masa harina
  • 2 1/2 c
    warm water
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    hot red pepper sauce
  • 1
    green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4
    tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium
    red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 c
    shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 Tbsp
    corn oil, for cooking

How to Make Pupusas

Step-by-Step

  1. Combine the masa harina and water in a medium-size bowl. Mix thoroughly until the dough just holds together; it will have the consistency of pie dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 12 balls: six 2-ounce balls and six 3-ounce balls. Set aside.
  3. Place the black pepper, cumin, red pepper sauce, bell pepper, tomatoes, and onion in a food processor or blender; puree until well blended.
  4. Flatten one 3-ounce ball of tortilla dough into a 5-1/2 to 6 1/2-inch circle.
  5. In the center of the tortilla, place 1 tablespoon of the pureed mixture, 1 tablespoon of the mozzarella cheese, and 2 tablespoons of the chicken.
  6. Flatten one 2-ounce ball of the tortilla dough into a 4- to 5-inch circle and place over the larger tortilla, covering the filling. Press the edges of both tortillas together, so they form a sealed pocket. Repeat this process five more times.
  7. Pour 1 teaspoon of oil in medium nonstick skillet and spread it around with a paper towel. Heat the oil; add 1 or 2 pupusas. Cook over medium heat, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 8 minutes. Repeat until all the pupusas are cooked.
  8. Cheese Pupusas
    Substitute 1-1/4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese for both the chicken and the cheese in the pupusa filling. When filling the tortillas, top the puree mixture with 3 tablespoons of cheese. Continue as directed.

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About Pupusas

Course/Dish: Poultry Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Latin American



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