How to make it

  • In a large mixing bowl, gradually stir water into masa harina until dough forms a ball that can be handled.
  • Into another bowl, empty the refried beans.
  • Place the grated cheese into a separate bowl.
  • Divide dough into about 25 pieces.
  • Roll each into a ball and flatten between the palms of your hands to about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Put a spoonful of beans and a small handful of cheese into the center of each pupusa.
  • Flatten again with the filling inside.
  • Heat a heavy, wide-bottomed or flat skillet until hot.
  • Brush with oil and cook pupusas on each side 4-5 minutes until a pale golden-brown.
  • The outside should be firm.
  • Variations
  • Pupusas de Queso: With a cheese filling. Use grated quesillo, queso fresco, farmer's cheese, mozzarella, Swiss cheese or a combination. Add some minced green chile if you like.
  • Pupusas de Chicharrones: With a filling of fried chopped pork and a little tomato sauce.
  • A reasonable facsimile can be made by grinding 1 cup of cooked bacon with a little bit of tomato sauce in a food processor.
  • Pupusas de Frijoles Refritos: With a refried bean filling.
  • Pupusas Revueltas: Use a mixture of chicharrones, cheese and refried beans.
  • Pupusas de Queso y Loroco: With a cheese and tropical vine flower filling. Loroco can be found in jars at many Latin markets.
  • Pupusas de Arroz: A variety of pupusa that uses rice flour instead of corn masa.
  • Cooked potatoes or finely minced, sautéed jalapeño peppers are also tasty fillings.
  • Try a mixture of different fillings.
  • Note: one may half the recipe if desired

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    " It was excellent "
    trinii ate it and said...
    I love these, now I can make my own....a variety of them. Thanks for the recipe(s)
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    " It was excellent "
    herby ate it and said...
    thanks for posting an interesting recipe!
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