Cheese Pupusas Recipe: Cheese-Stuffed Corn Cakes


Pupusas, the beloved street food of Honduras and El Salvador, are thick, hand-made corn tortillas stuffed with a variety of fillings, cheese being one of the most popular. These savory cakes are a staple in Central American cuisine and are celebrated for their simplicity and deliciousness.


To make cheese pupusas, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (adjust as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded quesillo, mozzarella, or a blend of cheeses
  • Vegetable oil, for greasing hands and skillet


Creating pupusas is an art, but with these steps, anyone can make them at home.

Prepare the Dough:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine masa harina and salt.
  2. Gradually add warm water, kneading until the dough is smooth and pliable.

Form the Pupusas:

  1. Divide the dough into 8-10 equal portions, rolling each into a ball.
  2. Press a well into the center of each ball and fill it with cheese.
  3. Seal the dough around the cheese and flatten into a disc, ensuring the cheese is fully enclosed.

Cook the Pupusas:

  1. Preheat a greased skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook each pupusa for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

FAQs: Common Questions About Making Pupusas de Queso

Here are some FAQs to help you make the perfect pupusas.

Can I add other fillings to my pupusas?

Absolutely! Traditional fillings include refried beans, chicharrĂ³n (pork), or loroco (an edible flower).

How do I prevent the pupusas from sticking to my hands?

Keep your hands well-oiled when forming the pupusas to prevent sticking.

Can I make the dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can refrigerate the dough covered for up to a day. Bring to room temperature before forming the pupusas.

Are pupusas gluten-free?

Yes, as they are made with masa harina, which is naturally gluten-free.

How do I reheat leftover pupusas?

Reheat them in a skillet over medium heat to retain their crispy exterior.


Pupusas de Queso are not just a meal; they’re a cultural experience. Each bite takes you closer to the heart of Central American cuisine, with its rich flavors and comforting textures.

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