I tried Pupusas quite a while back and I really did a lot of experimenting later. This El Salvador delicacy is basically tortillas with three layers of cheese filling. The best thing I love about it is the layering where you can try tons of fillings. Recently, I had these amazing Pupusas at my friends’ house party and it was cheese, beans, and chicken- a deadly combination. I was blown so I had to try it out and I thought I’d share my way with you guys too. Also, you guys can try your own fillings, it’s such a flexible dish and I love that about it. So, let’s get started already?
- Masa Harina (flour for tortillas)- 2 cups
- Water- 1 cup
- Salt- ½ teaspoon
- Cheese (Cheddar)
- Bean Paste- ½ cup
- Shredded Chicken- ½ cup
- Chopped Onions
- Let’s start with the tortillas. (yay!!) You can take a large bowl and put some masa harina in it. Now add a little salt to it and use water to make the dough.
- The thing about doughs is that the softer they are, the better your tortillas turn out. So, make sure to use your hands while kneading the dough. It’s easier and the dough turns out just perfect without the inevitable cracks. If you need more tips on kneading doughs, then refer to this SeriousEats post.
- As soon as your dough is done, you need to wrap it up in a plastic sheet and keep it aside for at least 15 minutes. Well, this sure is a tricky job because you also need to careful that there are no cracks as such in it.
- So, while the dough gets ready, let’s make the fillings. For that, take another medium bowl and add the shredded roasted chicken, bean paste, and cheddar cheese.
- These three main ingredients can be seasoned according to your taste. I used salt and cayenne pepper and mixed all of this together. Even in my Chicken Enchiladas, I used the three ingredients method with tortillas (yum!) and I even described the shredded chicken method.
- So, our filling is all ready. Let’s get back to the wrapped-up dough. First, unwrap it and, then you need to divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and using your palms, roll them into round balls.
- This is fun sometimes, well for me, cooking is fun all the time actually. While rolling these dough balls, you can use oil so that they get softer and easier to work with. Oil also makes them smooth and your tortillas get a better texture. Quick tip: Olive oil is light and does the job perfectly.
- So, now is the time to work with each of these dough balls and fill them up with the sumptuous filling we made previously.
- You need to take one dough ball at a time and using your palms, make a shallow cup with it. While you do this artistic activity, please remember to keep the rest of the dough covered. We don’t want it to get stiff.
- Now fill this cup with the chicken filling of about 2 tablespoons and seal all the edges to make a ball again but now a chicken filled one. Well, this takes time to master because it needs practice but trust me, once you really get it, no one can beat you.
- Our next move is to flatten this chicken filled ball. I use a rolling pin while doing this because it is easier and you get the perfect pupusas flatness.
- You should be really careful about the filling when you’re flattening the dough. If you’re doing it for the first time, chances are it’s bound to find its way out of the dough. So, whenever you’re pressing the dough ball, keep your stroke light.
- Let’s finally make the pupusas, so take a non-stick skillet on medium heat and put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in it. After 2-3 minutes, take your chicken filled pupusas patty and toss it on the skillet.
- While one side of the patty is being cooked, make another flat chicken filled patty for the next round. You’ll notice that the pupusa on the pan has turned golden-brown which means you need to flip it and wait for the other side to cook.
- You should have 6 beautiful pupusas ready in the end. If you want, you can keep the dough for later and make just 4. It depends on you but don’t forget to refrigerate it.
- I serve them with guacamole (the best!) and chopped onions. You can also try my Jalapeno Relish, it’s totally a hit with food like this or you can even toss these Beer Pickled Jalapenos and sour cream, it’s all very yum with my mouth-watering pupusas recipe.