This Bean and Cheese Pupusas with Curtido recipe is part of a sponsored collaboration with Vive Mejor and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Have you tried making the traditional Salvadorean Pupusas with Curtido at home for a feast-like meal? Wait, did I lose you at the Salvadorean dish? Or maybe at the word pupusas?
Let’s back up a little. A couple of years ago, I had no idea what pupusas were either -much less, did I think about making them at home. But, my friend Anna changed that in a quick conversation over Facebook messenger about her grandmother’s pupusas and how delicious they were.
Pupusas are stuffed masa cakes, corn flour cakes, and typically enjoyed with a side of salsa and coleslaw known as curtido. The recipe adds a little Knorr Chicken Bouillon, definitely a must-add to enhance that home-cooked flavor we all love from our Abuelas to the recipe.
While these pupusas are stuffed with beans and cheese, you can also stuff them with chicken or ground beef. If you visit a traditional “Pupuseria” or pupusas store/restaurant, you’ll find them stuffed with a variety of things.
The curtido in this recipe combines a little Hellmann’s or Best Food Mayonnaise with freshly grated vegetables and apple cider vinegar for a light and tangy side that pairs perfectly with the stuffed pupusas. I’ve also cut down on the dressing for the curtido to make it a bit lighter (instead of adding more oil) and yet the texture remains creamy thanks to the mayonnaise.
So, you get the deliciously toasty and cheesy masa cakes with a side of crunch. Which, that in my world alone is a winning recipe.
For dinner, I make the pupusas and serve them with the curtido (slaw) on the side for my family along with some Spanish rice. But for me? I love everything in a bowl and often choose to eat a lot of my food that way. Because if it’s ok to make a burrito bowl, you can totally make a pupusas bowl, you know?
This pupusas bowl has become one of my favorite ways of enjoying the classic dish –and I’m calling it pupusas with Laura’s twist. The recipe below will show you how to make the traditional dish but whether you serve it family style or in a bowl, that’s up to you!