3 c. masa flour
3 c. warm water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 ½ T. butter or shortening – this is optional but helps keep dough moist for handling
16 oz. cooked beans, smashed
2 T. green chilies
2 c. queso cheese


Mix masa flour, salt, optional butter (if using), and water in a large mixing bowl. Stir until it comes together into a ball of soft and pliable dough. You can add more flour or water as needed.

Mix the beans and chilies in a small bowl.

Scoop ¼ cup of dough and flatten into a round 4- – 5-inch tortilla disc. I did this between pieces of parchment paper to prevent the dough from sticking. This can also be done by tortilla press or tortilla roller. Spoon 1 – 2 T. bean/chilies mix in the center of the dough. Top bean mix with 1 – 2 T. cheese. Fold the edges of the dough up and over the bean/cheese filling. Pinch the dough edges together and pat down into a flat disc again.

Heat a large, lightly oiled skillet over medium heat. Cook the pupusas about 4 – 5 minutes each side. They should be firm and crisp.

Serve immediately with sides of salsa and hot sauce.


Notes and Instructions

Recipe and photo credit: Georgia Reader