How to Make Homemade Pupusas

Post sponsored by Gigasavvy. All opinions and photos are my own.

When it comes to food, I like to think I celebrate my Hispanic Heritage all year long. I cook traditional Mexican dishes that I have eaten my whole life and enjoy meals from other Hispanic countries whenever I can. Today I'm sharing a recipe that you can easily recreate yourself. All of the ingredients were picked up at my local Northgate Market, which means I did not break the bank just to feed my family.  

This month Northgate Market is celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with cooking demonstrations, classes and events. You can find a Northgate Market near you HERE.

Pupusas are a traditional food from El Salvador. They are made with Corn flour or masa and are traditionally stuffed with cheese, beans and shredded pork. This was my first time making pupusas, but definitely not my first time eating them. Luckily for me, there are local Pupuserias all around Los Angeles. Still, it's nice to know how to make them yourself and add your own twists. 

This recipe yields 8 –4 inch Pupusas

  • 2 cups Maseca (Corn flour or Masa) 
  • 1 ½ cup warm water or Chicken Broth*  
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheese (Mozzarella or anything that melts) 
  • 1 cup refried beans 
  • ½ cup of butter  

*if you do not have chicken broth on hand you can add 2 tbsp Chicken Bouillon to mix with the warm water

Measure and Mix. Maseca and warm broth or water mixed with bouillon.   

Masa (or dough) should not be too dry (crumbly) or too wet (pancake batter). You should be able to form the masa into a ball without much of it sticking to your hands. 

After you form your ball, make an indentation with you finger and begin to thin out the sides to form a small bowl.  

Spread a thin layer of beans and cheese, or just cheese and fold over to close.  

Softly, flatten the ball until it becomes a disc. Be careful not to use too much pressure, it will cause the stuffing to seep out.  

Spread butter on the outside of the pupusa and sprinkle cheese.  

Place on a seasoned, medium-high heat comal. 

Cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.   

You can top with anything, in fact it usually is paired with Curtido which is a Salvadorian cabbage salad. But today, I chose some salsa rojo that I also picked up from Northgate Market.
You can find all of your Northern Mexico recipe ingredients at your nearest Northgate location. I visited the closest one to me in East LA, here are a few others that are close by.

425 S. Soto Street
Los Angeles, CA 

3828 N Peck Rd
El Monte, CA 

1320 W Francisquito Ave
West Covina, CA 

Alright, so there's another easy recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my Pupusa recipe. Have you tried them before from an authentic Pupuseria? Don't forget to check out all the fun celebrations happening at your local Northgate Market

Perfect for Lent - Shrimp Fideo #KnorrCelebrations

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox, however all opinions are my own. 

Observing Lent can be a struggle when it comes to dinner time. Having to come up with new ideas that don't include meat and that everyone will enjoy is difficult and it forces you to think outside of the box. I'm up for the challenge! Lucky for us, Mexican food offers a lot of flexibility. There are tons of dishes that use vegetables and fish. We LOVE Knorr® bouillon cubes because they add that authentic Latin flavor to our favorite Lent dishes.

I decided to put a little twist on the classic Sopa de Fideo and not only add shrimp, but use Knorr® Shrimp Bullion cubes. This was my first time using Shrimp bullion cubes and I have to say I was surprised with the flavor. I love that just a spoonful of Knorr® can turn your meal into something special with delicious flavor everyone will enjoy.

All throughout Lent season, Northgate Market's has you covered with delicious options throughout the store. Want to learn how to make a delicious capirotada?! How about chiles rellenos?! Northgate stores are offering cooking demos, just visit Northgatemarkets.com for a full class schedule and locations near you. I'm signing up! 

Get your shopping list ready. In order to make my delicious Shrimp Fideo, this is what you'll need:

  • Knorr® Shrimp flavor bullion cubes (2)
  • 1/2 lb of Shrimp (cleaned/deveined)
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1 package of Fideo
  • 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 2-3 cups Boiling Water
  1. In a large saucepan, bring oil to a high heat and add diced onions, green chiles and Knorr® Shrimp bullion cubes. Crush the Knorr® cubes into the oil and cook until onions and chiles are tender and clear.
  2. Next, add the Fideo. I bought spiral fideo and crushed it into smaller pieces then fried it in the oil until browned.  
  3. Add the tomato sauce and stir until covered, then add 2 cups of boiling water. *You may need to add more depending on how wet you want it. 
  4. Last add the shrimp. Mix in and cover on low heat for about 10 minutes. Add more water if desired and let sit covered for 10 more minutes. 

So what you do think? Will you try my Shrimp Fideo recipe for Lent? Don't forget to visit your local Northgate Gonzalez Market for additional Lent recipes, special deals & offers!

Celebrate Lent with Knorr® and share your cooking creations with others by using the hashtag #KnorrCelebrations. What are your favorite Lent recipes? Leave me a link in the comments below.