Vegan Pupusa Recipe is similar to Venezuelan Arepas, they are both a  must-try. They are so delicious served with Curtido and Salsa

They are so easy to prepare, made with simple ingredients and can be stuffed with your filling of choice. The outer crust has is crisp and the soft interior is incredibly tasty.

What is Pupusa?

I mentioned earlier that, my friend shared with me that one of her family’s favorite recipes is pupusa from El Salvador, she described how it was prepared. 

Pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran tortilla made from a thick corn tortilla and typically filled with dairy cheese, black beans, or meat, it is the national dish of El Salvador. 

masa harina for making pupusa. bob's red mills brand

Ingredients For Making Pupusa

I used Masa Harina (corn flour) to prepare pupusa, Bob’s Red Mill brand can be purchased at local health food stores or online on Amazon.

For the vegan cheese, I used my homemade Vegan Pepper Jack Cheese recipe,  but you can use storebought vegan shredded cheese. 

  • Masa Harina
  • Salt
  • Warm Water
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Oil
  • Water and Oil for forming pupusa

step by step pupusa recipe photos

How Do You Make Pupusas?

  1. Stir together Masa Harina and salt in a large bowl. Add water and knead together to form into a dough ball.
  2. Place extra water with oil in a bowl, dip your hands in the bowl to coat with oil and water mixture. This will prevent the dough from sticking. 
  3. Separate dough into 6-8 equal balls, flatten the dough ball into disks using both hands to press the dough, about 3 inches wide. 
  4. Add about 1 tablespoon of vegan shredded cheese in the center, bring the sides around the cheese to covering the cheese and sealing the dough on top by pinching the sides together. 
  5. Flatten dough into a disk, about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Heat non-stick skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Lightly brush with oil, add pupusa and cook on both sides until heated through and golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  7. Delicious served with Curtido and Salsa.

Inspiration from Bon Appetit

Other Delicious Recipes To Try

pupusa recipe broken in half in the foreground with a plate of pupusa on a white plate a bowl of curtido and salsa in the background on a gray marbled base

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag #healthiersteps  — we love to see your recipes on InstagramFacebook & Twitter!

Also please leave a star rating ;-)

Need some encouragement on your Healthier Steps journey?

Join our Facebook groups, sharing lots of delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes, health tips, etc., from our members. Please join us and invite your friends Gluten-Free and Vegan For Beginners and Vegan Recipes With Love.

Categories

Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 194 kcal / 811 kJ
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Carbs: 24 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • For:
  • 8 Servings

Ingredients

Water and Oil

Instructions

  1. Stir together Masa Harina and salt in a large bowl. Add water and knead together to form into a dough ball.
  2. Place extra water with oil in a bowl, dip your hands in the bowl to coat with oil and water mixture. This will prevent the dough from sticking. 
  3. Separate dough into 6-8 equal balls, flatten the dough ball into disks using both hands to press the dough, about 3 inches wide. 
  4. Add about 1 tablespoon of vegan shredded cheese in the center, bring the sides around the cheese to covering the cheese and sealing the dough on top by pinching the sides together. 
  5. Flatten dough into a disk, about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Heat non-stick skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Lightly brush with oil, add pupusa and cook on both sides until heated through and golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  7. Delicious served with Curtido and Salsa.
Recipe author's Gravatar image

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.