When I was in Costco last week I noticed a new product in the prepared food section: Casa Sanchez pupusas. A pupusa is a thick, closed tortilla made of masa that’s stuffed with various things, like beans, meat and/or cheese. There are 10 griddle-ready cheese papusas shrink-wrapped in the package available at Costco.
According to most sources, Pupusas originated in El Savador, but are popular across Latin America, with numerous variants. If you want to claim that pupusas originated in another country, I won’t be suckered into a fight. The memory of something I wrote about the history of the chile pepper and its resulting warfare is still fresh in my memory.
I like some of the Casa Sanchez salsas, so I thought I’d give these a try, particularly because decent non-homemade pupusas are not easy to come by.
They’re good, but don’t microwave them. Wipe a cast iron pan or griddle with a little canola oil and dry-fry the pupusas on each side until the cheese melts and they have some texture. I also made them successfully on my baking stone in a hot convection oven. Don’t overcook or the cheese will bake out.
I like the fact that they are plain, and work well as a quick side to something like chili or a salad; we even had them for breakfast one day. Casa Sanchez is generous with the mild, white melting cheese (Cotilla), and the masa is slightly salty.
If you don’t have access to homemade cheese pupusas, these will suit your needs at a cost of $9.99.