Basic Cheese Pupusas

Basic Cheese Pupusas - Vegetarian

This is a basic cheese pupusas recipe that you can serve with your favorite fixings. They are made with masa harina, which is a corn flour similar to corn meal. You can find it in the same aisle as the flour at your local grocery store. If you want to add more protein and less carbs to these pupusas, add about 1/4 cup of cooked ground beef or shredded chicken into the center before sealing them up! This recipe makes about 5-6 pupusas depending on how big you make them.

prep: 40 mins cook: 12 mins additional: 8 hrs 5 mins total: 8 hrs 57 mins Servings: 8 Yield: 8 pupusas


½ onion, thinly sliced

½ cup apple cider vinegar

2 cups shredded green cabbage

salt to taste

1 carrot, grated

¼ teaspoon ground oregano

½ cup water, or more as needed

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add cabbage and cook uncovered until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes to stop the cooking process. Drain.

Mix cabbage, apple cider vinegar, water, onion, carrot, oregano, red pepper flakes, and 1 pinch salt together in a large bowl. Refrigerate until flavors combine, 8 hours to overnight.

Combine masa harina, water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a large bowl; knead until a smooth, moist dough forms. Add water if dough cracks when you press down on it. Let dough rest, 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, heavy cream, and scallion together in a bowl to make a paste.

Divide dough into 8 balls. Press your thumb into the center of each ball to form an indentation. Fill indentations with ricotta cheese paste. Pinch edges together around the filling; flatten and smooth into round 1/4 inch-thick patties between your palms.

Grease a skillet with cooking spray; preheat over medium heat. Cook pupusas in batches until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Drain cabbage mixture and serve alongside pupusas.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 197 calories; protein 4.8g; carbohydrates 39.3g; fat 3.6g; cholesterol 5.1mg; sodium 181mg.

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