Inside San Francisco’s La Cocina Municipal MarketpIace, a brand new multicultural meals corridor within the Tenderloin, chef Estrella Gonzalez and her Estrellita’s Snacks workers are hand-filling pupusas to order with stewed rooster, greens, jalapenos and different substances.

It’s the sound that pulls you again there, the slapping and scorching of masa into completely spherical puffs which can be nourishing and ideal for on-the-go noshing. We like them finest full of cheese and refried beans, however Gonzalez’s mom, Maria del Carmen Flores, who based Estrellita’s Snacks and taught her make the Salvadoran corn muffins, inspired utilizing no matter substances had been readily available, together with leftovers.

Now the household is sharing the recipe, which is featured within the 2019 cookbook, “We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream” (Chronicle Books, $30), by Caleb Zigas and Leticia Landa, and features a zippy pickled cabbage, or curtido, to serve on the aspect. You may make your personal masa or purchase it ready-made at most Mexican or Salvadoran markets.


Makes 10 pupusas


1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese

1½ cups cooked or canned refried beans, or 1½ cups cooked, chopped blended greens

2 batches masa

Vegetable oil, for brushing

Curtido (recipe follows), for serving

Sizzling sauce, for serving


Mix the cheese with the beans or greens.

Coat your palms with oil to stop the dough from sticking, then divide the masa dough into 10 balls, every ½ cup. Warmth a big cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium warmth.

With one ball within the palm of your hand, use your different thumb to create an indentation within the middle. Pinch the edges to create a nicely. Fill the outlet with 1 heaping tablespoon of filling. Pinch the dough across the filling to surround, then gently flatten right into a 4- to 5-inch disk. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

Brush every pupusa with oil on each side. Cook dinner every pupusa within the preheated skillet, flipping as soon as, till the middle puffs barely and the pupusa is brown in spots, 3 to 4 minutes per aspect.

Serve with a aspect of curtido and scorching sauce.


Makes 3 cups


3 cups tightly packed, thinly sliced inexperienced cabbage (about ½ cabbage head)

½ small purple onion, lower into skinny slices

1 small carrot, lower into skinny slices

1 serrano chile, halved lengthwise

2 sprigs contemporary oregano

½ cup apple cider vinegar

2½ cups water

2 tablespoons kosher salt



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