These are easy bean and cheese poupas handmade bread and cheese filled handmade cakes. They are inexpensive and easy to make, but be careful because they are addicted!
There is something about hand made street foods in the comfort of my home that is so fun! Also try some of my other favorites such as Homemade Impandas or Grilled Mexican Street Corn!
Easy Bean and Cheese Pups
These Bean and Cheese Pups are perfect for all day dinner or breakfast. They have become a favorite in our house and I like how easy it is to make. With a few simple ingredients I can make these Bean and Cheese Pupus in minutes. For an authentic taste I used bean and cheese but there are other variations which are great as flavor.
Masa carina is the main ingredient of corn flour and it makes the taste so good. I have learned that it is important to keep the dough moist to make these. If it starts breaking down, then add more water. I actually made a bowl of 2 parts water and 1 part oil, and I kept immersing my hands in it as I was making dough. This made the dough stick to my hands and it made my dough moist. The finished product was incredible! When you cut the outer part of a soft, corn cake, its savory cheese is filled with goodness.
What are pups
The national dish of El Slavador, this dish is so delicious that it has celebrated its day of celebrating there! I’m seeing you on the second Sunday of November … it’s a thicker version of corn tortilla, such as grilled cake, corn cake, or flatbread. The base is made from masa flour, the same ingredient found in tortillas and many other Latin dishes.
They are filled with many different types of materials. Meats, cheeses and beans are the most popular choices. They are picked and eaten with their hands and are usually eaten as breakfast. They are traditionally served with tomato salsa and curtito, a tangy and sometimes spicy cabbage slaw.
What is in the pool?
These ingredients are inexpensive and do not have long lists! This short list allows you to focus on the execution of the recipe rather than the long preparation. Just 3 ingredients will give the perfect dough that is flattened into a nice thin shell to fill your delicious bean and cheese.
- Masa Harina Corn Flour: Not to be confused with corn meal, corn flour is very fine and will create the right texture.
- Hot Water: Add water little by little at a time and the dough should be kneaded and not sticky.
- Salt: Taste!
- refried beans: Classic filling ingredient that adds a earthy, sweet taste.
- mozzarella cheese: The mild cheese is perfect and is a very close match to the traditional clasillo cheese!
Easy tips for making Bean and Cheese Poupas:
To make the dough, mix the corn flour, water, and salt together, then add your beans and cheese to the filling. This is as easy as I thought it would be! I like how versatile this dish is and I can tell that I will experiment with all different types of filler!
- Preparation: Heat a non-stick wok on medium high heat.
- Form Dough: In a medium-sized bowl combine corn flour, water and salt to make dough. Scoop a large 3 inch ball of dough.
- Layer and enclose pupus: Flatten the dough and add 1 tbsp of refined beans and sprinkle with cottage cheese. Fold the ends together to surround the beans and cheese. Thickening to 1/4 inch.
- the Cook: Place in a pan and cook each side golden brown for 3-5 minutes. Serve with coleslaw, salsa, or desired side dish.
More variations to try:
This recipe includes beans and cheese filling. However, the possibilities of filling in this delicious corn cake are endless. In fact, this is the perfect pot to turn leftover meat into a treasure! Here are some filling ideas that are traditional for El Salvador’s Pupus, but are not afraid to get creative. Add in the ingredients you love, and be sure to share your favorites and what worked well for you!
- pulled pork
- The chicken
- Bell peppers
- Fried Pork Skin
Best way to store Bean and Cheese Pupus:
It is best to serve freshly cooked pupus. However, if you store them tightly they will stay in the refrigerator overnight or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Also, if you are not able to use all the flour to store leftover masa flour in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days.
- How to release the pupus: If possible it is best to freeze them before cooking. They can also be fried after cooking. First, allow them to cool completely, then store in an airtight container. I recommend freezing each in separate bags.
- Re-heating after frozen: It is best to reheat it on a stovetop pan. Start melting them overnight in the refrigerator. Then heat a little oil (about 1-2 tablespoons) in a pan. Cook per minute on medium high for 3-4 minutes. Use a food thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
- Reheat from the refrigerator: Microwave 1-2 minutes, heat in a toaster oven, or cook for a few minutes on each side with a little oil and a medium-hot pan on the stovetop.
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Easy Bean and Cheese Pups
preparation time 10 Minute
time to cook 10 Minute
total time 20 Minute
Servings 12 Pupusas
Easy Bean and Cheese Pups are handmade grill cakes filled with savory beans and cheese. They are cheap and easy to make, but just be careful because they are addicted!
- 3 The cup Masa Harina Corn Flour
- 2 3/4 The cup Hot Water
- 1 small spoon Salt
- 1 The cup refried beans
- 2 The cup mozzarella cheese Its cut
Preheat Non stick pan Heat from medium to high. In a medium size The bowl Add corn flour, water and salt to make dough. Scoop a large 3 inch ball of dough. Flatten the dough and add 1 tbsp of refined beans and sprinkle with cottage cheese. Fold the ends together to surround the beans and cheese. Thickening to 1/4 inch.
Place in a pan and cook each side golden brown for 3-5 minutes. Serve with coleslaw, salsa, or desired side dish.
Easy Bean and Cheese Pups
Amount per service
Calorie 175 Fat 45 calories
% daily value*
Saturated fat 3g15%
Carbohydrate 25 grams8%
Sugar 1 g1%
Vitamin a 143IU3%
* Percent daily values are based on 2000 calorie diet.
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