We ate Guatemalan pupusas one night for dinner this week. It’s kind of like a dough ball stuffed with beans and cheese. Right up my alley! Based on the four dishes we tried, it seems like Guatemala food is often stuffed or cooked inside of something else.


2 c.  masa harina (a dough made from corn but not just corn flour)

1 1/2 c. warm water

1 T. cumin



6 oz mozzarella

1 chili pepper

1 can of refried beans ( I made my own)

handful of fresh cilantro, chopped



  1. Combine Masa marina with water. Mix the dough until it comes together. Knead for 1 minute. If needed, add a little water.
  2. Let the dough sit under a damp towel for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Split the dough into egg sizes balls. Flatten into a plate.
  4. Blend together mozzarella cheese and chopped chili pepper.
  5. Heat refried beans (or make your own by heating beans in oil and mashing.)
  6.  Add 1 Tb. of beans and 1 Tb. of cheese mix. Top with cilantro. Fold the dough around the filling and seal. Flatten again into a small plate shape.
  7. Cook over medium heat with a little oil for 6-7 minutes on each side.
  8. Eat warm!