Lunch / Dinner
Pork & Cheese Pupusas
No need to jet off to Central America for this traditional Salvadoran favorite. Making these tasty treats at home is easier than you may think. Follow our simple step-by-step process and you’ll be feeling like a master pupusa maker in no time!
Pupusas were all the rage in the Test Kitchen. Some of us had never had a pupusa before, while others talked about standing in line to order them at a food truck or farmer’s market. Needless to say, we all eagerly awaited taste panel every time Robin made pupusas. And boy did she knock them out of the ballpark. With two oh-so-satisfying fillings to choose from — Pork & Cheese or Bean & Cheese — you’re going to have a hard time deciding which filling to start with. Better yet, double the Masa Dough recipe and give both fillings a try. You won’t be sorry if you have leftovers.
When it comes to pupusas, the filling is meant to be smooth. This is why the pork gets pulsed into a paste in a food processor after cooking.
Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Heat 2 tsp. oil in a skillet over medium-high; add pork and cook until crispy and golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Add bell pepper and onion and cook just until softened, 3–5 minutes. Transfer pork mixture to a food processor, add tomato, and pulse until a thick paste forms (mixture shouldn’t be watery); season with salt and pepper.
Fill a shallow dish with water and 3 Tbsp. oil to wet your hands and keep dough from sticking.
Working one dough ball at time, press a deep indent into the ball, then work it into a bowl shape with a ¼-inch-thick edge.
Place about 1 Tbsp. pork mixture into bottom of “bowl,” then top with 1 Tbsp. cheese. Using moist fingers, carefully bring edges of dough together, enclose filling, and press to seal. Roll the ball in your hands until smooth. Carefully press pupusa into a flat round about ¼-inch thick. If edges crack, smooth them with a wet finger. Place pupusa on prepared baking sheet; cover. Repeat procedure with remaining dough and fillings.
Lightly coat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle with oil and heat over medium until shimmering. Fry pupusas, in batches, turning once, until well browned and crisp, about 4 minutes per side; drain on a paper-towel-lined-plate.
Serve pupusas with Curtido, Salsa Rojo, and lime wedges.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 4%
Sodium 208mg 8%
Carbs 24g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.