What’s a Pupusa?

5/3/17 | News

What’s a pupusa? (You mean besides delicious?) Great question!

Originally from El Salvador, pupusas are griddle-cooked stuffed corn masa. Traditionally stuffed with meats, cheeses, and beans, then shaped into pancake sized patties and served with curtidoa tangy cabbage relish. Traditionalists will eat their pupusas just like this, using their hands, but Tres loves trying new combinations of fillings like kale and pinto beans or sweet corn and black beans, and pairing with lots of different toppings and sides – whatever sounds good to you!

Pupusas are a huge part of Salvadoran culture, and they’re celebrated every year with National Pupusa Day on the second Sunday of November. Celebrations are held in the capital San Salvador, and other big cities, including Salvadoran communities that have formed in the US and other parts of the world. The specific recipe changes across regions of El Salvador, and depending where you are, you might find rice flour instead of corn, or seafood fillings!

To see the best way to cook Tres pupusas, see our cooking instructions. For recipes and ideas for sauces, toppings, and sides, check out our recipe section! The best part about Tres Latin Foods pupusas is that the possibilities are endless, you can serve them up however you want to! We love a dollop of guacamole, or a big green salad, or even a fried egg on the side – anything goes in our book 🙂



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