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  • Pupusas from El Salvador: Peace Corp Recipes

    Pupusas being prepared on the National Mall during the 2011 Folklife Festival
    Pupusas being prepared on the National Mall during the 2011 Folklife Festival.
    Photo by Ryann Dear

    Claudia Menendez is the international program coordinator for Trees, Water & People in Fort Collins, Colorado, and she has worked with program partners throughout Central America. During the program, she shared a recipe for pupusas.

    Pupusas are commonly sold by street vendors in El Salvador. The filled and fried corn cakes can be stuffed with any variety of vegetables, cheeses, or meats.


    • Spinach
    • Onion
    • Vegetable oil
    • Corn meal
    • Water
    • Scotch bonnet pepper
    • Monterey jack cheese
    • Garlic


    1. Sautee onions and garlic in oil.
    2. When onions are soft add spinach and pepper and remove from heat after one minute. Set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl add water to cornmeal until pliable dough is achieved.
    4. In your hand, form a medium ball of dough.
    5. Form dough into flat cake in your hand and fill with sautéed mixture and cheese.
    6. Form a ball around the mixture and then smash it flat.
    7. Place cakes in a griddle with at least half an inch of oil. Fry until golden brown.

    Evangeline Mee is a program intern for the Peace Corp program of the 2011 Folklife Festival. 

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