Pupusas from El Salvador: Peace Corp Recipes
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.
- Vegetable oil
- Corn meal
- Scotch bonnet pepper
- Monterey jack cheese
- Sautee onions and garlic in oil.
- When onions are soft add spinach and pepper and remove from heat after one minute. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl add water to cornmeal until pliable dough is achieved.
- In your hand, form a medium ball of dough.
- Form dough into flat cake in your hand and fill with sautéed mixture and cheese.
- Form a ball around the mixture and then smash it flat.
- 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.