Pupusas originate from El Salvador and it is one of their most popular dishes! It is traditionally non-vegan, so we made it our own to fit our vegan diet! They are super delicious, easy and even gluten free! In El Salvador, they usual have a side of coleslaw to accompany their pupusas. However, we made our very own Homemade Tomatillo Salsa instead!
We decided on a spicy lentil filling to add as much flavor and texture as possible. We also used Daiya non-dairy cheese to have the stringiness texture when you break the pupusa in the middle. This recipe is the proof that eating vegan does not have to be boring and can still incorporate cultural aspects around the world!
On the side, we made our homemade Tomatillo Salsa, which added a fresh component that elevated the pupusas! The tomatillo salsa was fresh with a little bit of spiciness – you can always make the salsa as a dip for chips or veggies as well! It’s very versatile, but most importantly DELICIOUS and addictive!
Let us know if there are any other cultural recipes that you would like us to take on! 🙂 We love to hear from you all! If you try this recipe, make sure to let us know! Feel free to ask questions, write comments, and use our hashtag #LivinVegan on Instagram!
Check out the recipe below!
Cheesy Spicy Lentil Pupusas
Spicy Lentil Filling
- 1 cup lentils cooked
- 2 tsps olive oil
- 1 tsp sriracha
- 2 tsps liquid aminos
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- 3 cups maseca flour
- 2 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 cups vegan cheese of choice
- 8 green tomatillos
- 1 garlic cloved minced
- 1 cup cilantro chopped
- 3 serrano peppers chopped
- 3 tbs olive oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt to taste
Spicy Lentil Filling
- Mix all ingredients together after draining any excess water from the lentils
- Cook all ingredients in a pot for about 10-15 minutes on medium-low
- Set aside to cool down for a few minutes
- Mix oil, salt, and flour together until well combined
- Slowly add warm water and mix as you go. You want to add the last 1/2 cup of warm water more slowly than the rest – if you think the dough is too dry add / too liquidy do not add the full 1/2 cup
- Using your dough, roll 1/2 inch balls and flatten them out to make a flat circular shape.
- When making your pupusas, make sure there is enough space to add the filling and the vegan cheese.
- Once your filling is on the dough, you are going to close up the pupusa in another ball-like shape. And you are going to start flattening them out to create your pupusas.
- On a non-stick pan or griddle, add your pupusas on the hot surface, which can be with a little oil or completely dry.
- Cook the pupusas on each side until golden and delicious
- Enjoy 🙂
- Roast the tomatillos, garlic, and peppers with oil of choice in a hot pan for 10-15 minutes or until garlic turns golden
- In a blender, add ingredients for the pan and the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth consistency is achieved.
- Enjoy 🙂