Pupusas originated in El Salvador and are delicious savory round corn cakes stuffed with refried beans and cooked on a hot griddle. They are hearty little flatbreads that you can top with your favorite garnishes such as salsa, avocados or coleslaw.  

Prep time:  15-20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Kitchen Tools
  • medium bowl
  • baking sheet
  • silicone mat or parchment paper
  • mixing spoons
  • Arepas meal starter pouch
  • 2 ¼ cups warm water
  • 1 cup vegan fat-free refried beans
  • Optional Toppings: Avocados, Salsa, or Coleslaw
    1. In a bowl, add the warm water and slowly add the Arepas meal starter pouch contents and mix well. The consistency of the dough should be like play-dough.  
    2. Let the mix sit for 5 mins.
    3. Preheat oven to 375°F.  
    4. To assemble the pupusas, form the dough into 8-10 'golf ball' sized balls. 
    5. Using wet fingers, place the ball in the palm of your hand and pinch the sides of the dough to form a bowl shape. Drop 1-2 tablespoons of the refried beans into the center of the dough bowl, then fold the edges over to enclose the filling completely. Gently flatten the dough to 4-5-inch disks. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.
    6. Heat a large nonstick griddle over medium heat. Cook the pupusas for 3-4 minutes on each side until the center puffs up slightly and each side of the pupusas has brown spots.
    7. Place the pupusas onto a prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.
    8. Serve warm with your favorite salsa, avocados, or coleslaw.