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Pupusas (stuffed corn cakes)

Have you tried making pupusas at home?  This street food from El Salvador is delicious, versatile, inexpensive and easy to make with kids. I love that pupusas are one of those foods that can be made for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.  Essentially, they  are stuffed corn cakes that you can change up by what you decide to put inside.  In a recent Kids Kitchen class, we used red bell peppers, onions, black beans and cheddar jack cheese as our filling.  Then, we made our own dough out of masa (corn flour) and shaped our own individual pupusas.  We cooked these in the skillet and served them with sour cream and guacamole.  Here is the recipe.  Remember, they can be as simple as cheese, cheese and bean, or get fancy and add vegetables or even taco meat or chicken.  Most of all, have fun making them and enjoy!

Pupusas (stuffed corn cakes)
Stuffed Corncakes (options for stuffing: cheese, beans, vegetables, meat)
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  1. 3 cups corn (masa) flour
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 tsp. kosher salt
  4. 2 tsp. olive oil
  5. --
  6. Filling: (all optional – could go vegetarian, dairy free, etc.)
  7. Black beans
  8. Corn
  9. Diced bell peppers
  10. Diced onion
  11. Shredded cheddar cheese
  12. Cooked ground meat with taco seasoning
  1. Combine all the ingredients to make the dough. If the mixture is too dry, add a little bit of water at a time until it comes together. (We usually end up using almost 2-1/2 cups of water total.) Pour it out on the counter and pressed it together until it formed a firm ball of dough. Cut the dough into 12-16 equal pieces, ball, and flatten to about 4” in diameter.
  2. The filling can be anything. Cooked ground meat and seasoned with a little taco seasoning. Then add your mixture of taco meat, black beans, corn, sautéed peppers and/or onions and grated cheddar cheese (or a combination of these).
  3. Spoon about 2 Tbs. of filling into the center of each dough patty. Fold the sides of the dough over to close. Press down carefully all around the sides to seal your pupusa.
  4. Cover the bottom of a skillet with a thin layer olive oil and heat to medium-high heat. Cook each side for 3-1/2 to 4 minutes until lightly browned but still mostly yellow. Serve with guacamole, sour cream or hot sauce.
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