Recipe: How to Make Pupusas, a traditional Salvadoran dish

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at home with this pupusas recipe from Ideal Market.

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, the expert cooks at Ideal Market show how to prepare pupusas at home.

Pupusas are a traditional Salvadoran dish which is a thick tortilla with fillings and traditionally cooked on a cast iron comal griddle. Typically, cheese, herbs and some type of meat are used as filling.

Ideal Market says pupusas were created centuries ago by the Pipil tribes who inhabited what is now known as El Salvador. Originally, pupusas were vegetarian and half-moon shaped.


All of the ingredients used in the recipe come from Ideal Market. Ideal Market stocks an extensive selection of products from Latin America, including goods from countries such as Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Perú, and Brazil. Customers can also find a wide variety of Cuban, Spanish, and other Caribbean products.

The Latino supermarket also prepares a variety of great, fresh Latin dishes right in the store.

Pupusas Recipe from Ideal Market

This recipe uses pork cracklins which were previously cook at Ideal Market. First, chop tomatoes, white onions and green bell peppers into small chunks. Place chopped vegetables and pork cracklin into food processor. You can also add garlic if desired. Grind all ingredients in food processor until a soft mixture forms.

Next, heat a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Then, pour the mixture into a skillet and stir fry for about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper or other seasonings if desired. After mixture is cooked, remove from heat and let cool.

Then, prepare corn masa flour according to directions.

Warm quesillo cheese until soft on a separate dish.

To assemble pupusas, grab a ball of corn dough and flatten into a tortilla-shaped bowl by patting with hands. Fill dough with the pork mixture and quesillo cheese. Enclose dough by forming a ball around the savory filling. Then, flatten ball into a tortilla-shaped disk. Repeat for desired serving amount.

To cook, place the pupusas in a large cast-iron skillet or a traditional cast iron comal griddle. Cook the pupusas for about two minutes on each side, until the center slightly puffs and they become golden brown.

To serve, garnish with pickled cabbage and salsa.

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Created in partnership with Ideal Market

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