makes about 4 to 5 pupusas
- 2 cups of Masa harina
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 cup of Filling ( you can choose from the following):
- Pupusas de Queso: With cheese filling. Use grated quesillo, queso fresco, farmer’s cheese, mozzarella, swiss cheese or a combination.
- Pupusas de Chicharrones: With a filling of fried chopped pork and a little tomato sauce. A reasonable facsimile can be made by pulping 1 cup of cooked bacon with a little bit of tomato sauce in a food processor.
- Pupusas de Frijoles Refritos: with refried bean filling.
- Pupusas Revueltas: Use a mixture of chicharrones, cheese and refried beans.
- Pupusas de Queso y Loroco: with cheese and tropical vine flower filling. Loroco can be found in jars at many Latin markets.
- Pupusas de Arroz: A variety of pupusas that use rice flour instead of corn masa.
- In a large bowl, mix together the masa harina and the water and knead well. Knead in more water, one tablespoonful at a time if needed, to make a moist, yet firm dough. ( It should not crack at the edges when you press down on it.) Cover and set aside to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Roll the dough into a log and cut it into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball.
- Press an indentation in each ball with your thumb. Put about 1 tablespoon of desired filling into each indentation and fold the dough over to completely enclose it. Press the ball out with your palms to form a disc, taking care that the filling doesn’t spill out.
- Line a tortilla press with plastic and press out each ball to about 5 or 6 inches wide and about 1/4-inch thick. If you don’t have a tortilla press, place the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper and roll it out with a rolling pin.
- Heat a greased skillet over medium-high flame. Cook each pupusa for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until lightly browned and blistered. Remove to a plate and hold warm until all pupusas are done. Serve with curtido and salsa roja.
Pupusas is a traditional Salvadorian cuisine. I remember growing up trying to make the perfect round pupusa. My family normally does the round shaping of the pupusa by hand. Something I was not very successful in, but I managed to learn a new technique with my mom by using plastic wrap or wax paper.