pupusas recipe

Green Chile and Cheese Pupusas

Lush masa wraps around cheese and chiles in these gluten-free Salvadoran treats.

By Kimberly Lord Stewart

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pupusas recipe

Green Chile and Cheese Pupusas

A pupusa is a thick griddle cake or flatbread from El Salvador. In this pupusa recipe, lush masa cakes wrap around cheese and chiles in this gluten-free Salvadoran treat. An added benefit - they take no time to make!
Course: Entree
Cuisine: south american
Keyword: agrodolce, cheese, el salvador, el salvadorean, green chiles, masa wraps, pupusas, vegetarian
Servings: 8
Author: Kimberly Lord Stewart


  • 2 cups corn masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½  cups water
  • cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles, diced
  • 3-4 tablespoons canola oil
  • Plastic wrap or wax paper


  • Place corn masa harina and salt in a large bowl. Add water, and stir until well combined.
  • Divide dough into eight rounds. Roll each into a ball, and flatten into a disk with your hands. Form a dough cup in your palm, and add cheese and ½ teaspoon chiles. Don’t overfill. Bring edges together to encase the cheese and form a ball.
  • Pat out the pupusa into a disk on the plastic wrap or wax paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 4 minutes on each side, until browned. Add more oil as needed to cook all pupusas. Serve immediately.
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