Salvadorian Pupusas (Stuffed Masa Cakes)
- 1/3 cup Hellmann's® Mayonnaise or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar plus 1 teaspoon, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 small head cabbage finely shredded
- 2 large carrots peeled and grated
- 1 small white onion divided
- 4 plum tomatoes (about 12 oz.)
- 1 small clove garlic peeled
- 4 serrano chiles finely chopped, stemmed, seeded if desired
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Knorr® Chicken flavor Bouillon divided
- 5 tablespoons oil divided
- 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups cooked no salt added red kidney beans
- 8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 medium poblano pepper, finely chopped
- 4 cups masa harina
There's a good reason why pupusas are El Salvador's national dish. These stuffed masa cakes can be found everywhere in El Salvados, and are usually served with salsa and the traditional curtido, or cabbage slaw. This recipe is for Salvadorian pupusas filled with cheese and beans, but you can also find them filled with chicharrón, chicken, beef and other fillings. You can get creative with the recipe, but we're sticking to the classic version here. It's another simply delicious way for you to "make meals that do more" and give your loved ones an authentic, tasty dish that's also nutritious.
If you've never tried (or cooked) Salvadorian pupusas before, they're a tasty way to get creative in the kitchen! You can make everything -- the masa cakes, filling, curtido and salsa -- from scratch at home. They're also a relatively easy and affordable dish to prepare, and all of the ingredients should be readily available at your local supermarket. We found everything we needed at Publix, where we also scored great deals on our mayo ($1.75 off any one Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise 15-20 oz. or $2.00 off any one Hellmann’s Mayonnaise 24-30 oz.) and chicken bouillon ($1.00 off any two Knorr® Sides or Selects products).
Salvadorians are rightfully proud of their pupusas, and you can be just as proud of this homemade version! Serve them fresh from the skillet, garnish with curtido and salsa, and let your family dig in!
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