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Recipe For Pupusas de Frijoles

Recipe For Pupusas de Frijoles

Pupusas de Frijoles

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 cups masa harina, commonly sold as the brand name “maseca”
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for hands


1. Combine masa harina, salt, cumin and water in a mixing bowl until smooth; knead well.

2. Cover with a towel and let stand for 10 minutes.

3. Lightly oil your hands and form 4 balls with the dough.

4. Pat each ball with your hands and form 4 disks, then with your thumb, shape each one into cups.

5. Fill each cup with ¼ cup of refried beans and seal.

6. Flatten by patting each cup to form disks again, but now with filling inside.

7. Cook each pupusa over a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high, 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.


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  1. Roma Schneider

    These look delicious. You seem to have perfected the technique. I want to try to make these!

    • Derick & Jill

      Hey Roma,
      haha I certainly don’t consider myself as having perfected making them yet…but does perfected in eating them count?! 😉 LOVE me some pupusas!!!

  2. Angel Parmley-Marshall

    I will definitely have to try these. You are such a blessing to your family.☝️❤️

  3. Karen Southam

    I’m excited to try these. I purchased the ingredients and will be making them today. What do you serve them with?

    • Derick & Jill

      Usually with a homemade tomato sauce (boiled tomatoes, oil, salt) and some homemade slaw…I need to find a recipe for that to share!

      • Yvette Stevenson

        1/2 head of cabbage or 1 bag shredded cabbage
        1 tsp or more of dried oregano
        kosher salt to taste
        1/2 cup vinegar

        Mix all ingredients together and mix several times, so the vinegar marinades the slaw. Add more salt to your liking, cover and let it set in the fridge.

        Serve as a side slaw or add on top of pupusa and drizzle the red sauce on top.

        Red tomato sauce recipe
        1 can tomato sauce
        1 tsp chicken bouillon cube or powder
        2 Tbs butter
        Salt to taste
        Pepper to taste

        Melt butter in a small pot. Add tomato sauce, mix in chicken bouillon and add salt and pepper to your liking.

        Tip: remember that chicken bouillon already has sodium, so add your salt in smaller portions until you like the taste.

  4. cathy rios

    I love pupusas! My parents are both from El Salvador and since going vegan we’ve been veganizing many of our salvadorian recipes! When you were in central america, did you get a chance to try Quesadilla Bread?


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