This post is sponsored by Tres Latin Foods
I’ve been on a pupusa eating binge. A serious binge.
After meeting the Tres Latin Foods team at the Gluten Free Food Fair in Denver, I became addicted to these magical circles of savory deliciousness.
I began popping pupusas like pills!
Fast forward a few weeks, the Tres Latin Foods wanted to sponsor me to write a post sharing everything I know and love about pupusas with you. I’m all in. I love these things!
What Are Pupusas?
A pupusas is a thick corn masa outer shell filled with a variety of savory fillings. The filling can be a combination of anything such as beans, cheeses, meats, vegetables, etc. Pupusas originated in El Salvador (some say Honduras) and are a staple dish throughout Central America.
Pupusas by Tres Latin Foods are extra special for several reasons.
For starters, each pupusa is made with 100% organic and non-GMO corn masa. Corn masa is not the same as cornmeal (which is made from corn); rather corn masa is made from hominy so the flour offers up a doughier consistency when wet (and makes it easier for Tres Latin Foods to stuff these pupusas with delicious savory ingredients).
Furthermore, corn masa does not contain any gluten, and you guessed it, these pupusas are naturally gluten-free.
Tres Latin Foods also sources its meats from conscientious farmers and uses clean ingredients to create these wonderful pupusas. There are no weird additives, flavor enhancers or artificial ingredients in these pupusas!
How to Prepare Pupusas
Tres Latin Foods’ pupusas are easy to prepare. You either sautee them in a skillet pan with a little oil, or bake them on a greased baking sheet. I’ve prepared them both ways and both ways are easy and taste great.
Once you cook a pupusa, you’ll notice that the outer skin slightly browns, giving the pupusa a nice crunch while the middle stays soft and doughy.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been eating my fair share of pupusas. Every time I prepared a pupusa, I challenged myself to enjoy it in a different way. I had a lot of fun trying pupusas with different sides, salads and dips. I hope my adventures in pupusa making (and pupusa eating) inspire you to use the blank canvas of a pupusa to create something delicious you love too.
And now for a little pupusa inspiration…
8 Ways to Eat Pupusas
1. Pupusas with Guacamole: Pupusas have Latin American roots, so why not serve it up with a Mexican staple… guacamole! Everyone loves a good guac, right? I cut up each pupusa into four pieces to make this snack look extra pretty and totally shareworthy. Looking for the perfect guacamole recipe? Try mine.
2. Pupusas with Cabbage Slaw: Pupusas are typically served with curtido, a spicy cabbage slaw. I am still working on perfecting my cabbage slaw recipe, but I made this one easily by using a pre-packaged bag of sliced cabbage and carrots, and mixing it with 1/2 chopped red onion, 4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp. Kosher salt, 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, and 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (more if you like it hot). It was so good and truly enhanced the flavors of the pupusa. Tres Latin offers a great curtido recipe here.
3. Pupusas with Chimichurri Sauce: If you’ve been growing parsley or cilantro this year, listen up. You can serve these pupusas with a delicious chimichurri dipping sauce. Remember, a little goes a long way.
To make your own chimichurri sauce, simple grind up some parsley (or cilantro will work too) along with garlic clove(s), dried Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, Kosher salt and extra virgin olive oil. I cannot tell you exact measurements – you have to go off taste to get the right flavors (that’s what I did). Here’s what mine looked like – the chimichurri added an acidic bite to the pupusas.
4. Pupusas and Pico: My garden was bursting with tomatoes, that is until last week when we had our first hard freeze here in Denver. I picked every single tomato and now I have about six dozen tomatoes to work with (I wanted to snag them before they died during the freeze). Not to worry, I made fresh pico de gallo this week and enjoyed it alongside my delicious pupusa. Get my pico recipe here.
5. Pupusas with Caramelized Onions: I LOVE onions. They add amazing flavor and just a touch of sweetness, too. I caramelized an entire yellow onion one afternoon, and then cooked up four pupusas (two for me, two for my husband). We enjoyed every bit of our lunch that day… yummy!
To caramelize an onion, simply add a chopped onion to a little oil in a hot pot. Add a little Kosher salt and saute the onions until translucent and a little brown. Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about this one!
6. Pupusas with Homemade Queso: I used to love ordering nachos with queso every time I went to the ballpark. Unfortunately, many quesos are made with wheat flour and are not gluten-free, so I stopped getting nachos and queso long ago. I’ve learned how to make my own homemade gluten-free spicy queso and loved dipping pupusas in the creamy cheese mixture. No plain ole’ tortilla chips for me, I’m dipping pupusas!
7. Pupusas with Green Chili: I busted open a can of store bought green chili (gluten-free, of course), heated it up in the microwave and served it alongside these these delicious jalapeno and cheese mini pupusas. The green chili added a little spice and tang, enhancing the flavors of these mini pupusas.
8. Plain Jane Pupusas: Pupusas seriously taste great without any help, so when all else fails, go ahead and enjoy them plain. They are filled with a delicious savory filling already so why mess with a good thing? Just look at these gorgeous pupusas!!
Tres Latin Foods makes pupusas in a variety of flavors, including Chicken and Cheese, Spinach and Cheese, Black Bean and Sweet Corn, Green Chili and Cheese, Pinto Bean and Cheese, Shredded Pork Carnitas, and Kale and Pinto Bean.
Where Can You Buy Pupusas?
You can find pupusas by Tres Latin Foods in Sprouts, King Soopers and Natural Grocers. Check the Tres Latin store locator to find a pupusa retailer near you. The mini pupusas are new and available only at some King Soopers in Denver… but they will be coming to a store near you soon!
I hope you enjoyed my adventures in making and eating pupusas. It’s been fun sharing my ideas with all of you.
So tell me, how do you enjoy your pupusas? Leave a comment and let me know!
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