Broccoli and Cheese Pupusas

I came across Whole Food Cooking, a wonderful blog, and was inspired to make pupusas.  For those who don’t know, pupusa’s originated in El Salvador.  They are essentially stuffed corn pancakes made with Masa Harina, a flour made out of corn (the same flour is used to make tamales).  Pupusas are a much quicker and easier endeavor than tamales and I recommend trying them.

  • 1 1/2 c Masa Harina
  • 1-1/4 c Warm Water
  • Onion, chopped
  • Broccoli, (I used frozen)
  • Cheese, grated (I used sharp white cheddar) (Omit for vegan)
  • Seasoning

First make the filling.  I boiled the broccoli and sautéed the onion.  Feel free to substitute anything here: beans, spinach, corn, mushrooms, meat, ect..  We enjoy these at the farmers market and my favorite is artichoke and cheese.  I will say they are a bit on the expensive side for how little effort and cost it takes to make them!  Let the onion and broccoli cool before mixing (chop the broccoli).  Season to your liking, I used a garlic seasoning blend.  Lastly I mixed in the grated cheese.


Using a spatula mix the Masa Harina with 1 c of the warm water.  Add more water slowly as needed until it mixes together.  Divide the ‘dough’ into 8 equal portions rolling them each into a ball.  This mixture does dry out so keep covered with a towel.  If they start to dry out wet your hand and dampen the air exposed ‘dough’.


To assemble, make an indentation into a ball and stuff the hole with your filling.  Fold the dough over to cover the hole and flatten into pancakes.  I prefer my pupusa’s thin so I didn’t mind if any filling came through.


Heat a skillet over med-high heat.  You want it hot and no need to add oil.  Cook until nicely browned on each side.

Serve with salsa (or sour cream).  We enjoyed these with some red cabbage slaw I made a day early using vegenaise, Bubbie’s Bread and Butter Pickle Juice, and salt.

** I was told that there is no need to stuff each pancake but rather just mix the filling right into the ‘dough’.  I did this for one and there really is no difference.  If you want a quicker and easier experience (they are pretty easy to begin with) just mix it all up.


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