Introducing the Pupusa Tracker!


Before entering El Salvador we had read about this food item called a “pupusa” that everyone eats all the time and they sounded pretty delicious.  Once in the country we noticed that yes, there are pupuserias on every corner of the whole country.  A pupusa is basically a thick, doughy, tortilla filled with cheese, refried beans, pork, or a variety of other things.  You put some coleslaw-like stuff and some tomato-like stuff on top (sorry, we haven’t been here long enough to know the proper names for everything) and eat them with your hands.  They are the national fast food and we love them!!!  They sell for between 30 and 50 cents each and we usually eat three or four apiece for a cheap dinner.  Since we are already so addicted, we decided to start counting how many of these tasty guys we put down in our time in El Salvador.  We will place the current count on the right side of the website, near the top.  We plan to eat more than 100 in our three weeks here.  That is all.

18 thoughts on “Introducing the Pupusa Tracker!

  • This is what the native Americans used to call the babie’s they strapped on their backs.

  • They look like what we might call flapjacks here in Missouri. We usually eat them with syrup, but I know people who put honey or even molasses on them.

    • I know what a flapjack is…I believe they’re called “pancakes” in civilized society. Pupusas have BEANS AND CHEESE inside, and therefore are NOT flapjacks!

    • Seriously, bananas and pecans are the best. I don’t know what pecans are called in Spanish, but bananas are platanos, I think. Try asking for that next time! You are in for something very special. Probably any nut would do! Mucho especial, chicos!

  • Here’s the definition, people!

    A modified calyx, composed of scales, bristles, or featherlike hairs, in plants of the composite family, such as the dandelion and the thistle.
    [Latin, old man, down on certain seeds, from Greek pappos; see papa in Indo-European roots.]

  • I just saw what you wrote– the Guatamalans put beans and cheese on pancakes!? No gracias! To each his own, I guess.

  • Before you call them pancakes you have to consider the egg to flour ratio. Some people are very strict about what they consider pancakes. It all really comes down to the batter and the egg to flour ratio.

  • These are savory. Try this recipe and let me know what you think!

    Nan’s Spinach & Cheese Pancakes
    2/3 cup (160 ml) cooked spinach, drained, chopped
    3 eggs
    1 cup (250 ml) milk
    1/2 cup (125 ml) flour
    1/3 cup (80 ml) green onions, chopped
    8 oz (225 g) Canadian Swiss-style cheese, grated
    Dab of butter
    Loosely beat eggs and milk. Add to flour. Mix lightly. Stir in spinach, onion, and season to taste.
    Over medium heat, melt butter in large preheated, non-stick skillet pan.
    Using 1/4 cup (60 mL) measuring cup, scoop mixture into pan. Cook over medium heat, pushing batter towards center if it spreads. Sprinkle 2 heaping tbsp (30 mL) of cheese over each pancake.
    When pancake’s bottom is golden, turn and cook other side, about a minute.

  • These are soooo good and so easy to make. They are especially good with a mashed fruit compote on the side!

  • You should also try the fried plantains. They’re cooked simply and served with sour cream, I think. I like the clash of sweet and savory flavors. I also had the fried yucca, which were accompanied by more pickled cabbage. I’ve never had fried yucca before (aka cassava) except in chip form. It was very starchy and definitely needed to be eaten with other things.

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