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Bean and Cheese Pupusas

Bean and cheese pupusas are the ultimate comfort food! They’re filled with a delicious and flavorful combination of refried black beans and mozzarella cheese.

bean and cheese pupusa being pulled apart

For the last month I’ve been on a huge pupusa kick. I made them over and over again until I got them just right.

Recently I shared with you how to make your basic cheese pupusas.

Making pupusas are actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

Pupusas are very similar to arepas and gorditas.

You can read about the similiarities and differences between the three here.

Now that we’ve mastered the cheese ones I thought it would be a good idea to show you guys how to make bean and cheese pupusas.

bean and cheese pupusa on a green plate

Bean and Cheese Pupusas Ingredients

  • 2 cups Maseca
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup refried black beans
  • oil

How to Make Bean and Cheese Pupusas

The process is the same as making just regular cheese pupusas only this time we’re adding beans.

Start by making the pupusa dough. Divide the dough into six even sized balls as shown below.

dough balls made from maseca

In order to flatten the balls I use a ziploc bag and I cut through the sides basically making a flap.

Then I put one of the dough balls inside the flap.

masa ball

Then I use a heavy pot to flatten it.

flattened pupusa dough

The plastic keeps the dough from sticking to your hands or the pot.

Once flattened add a tablespoon full of refried beans to the center of the pupusa and top with cheese.

uncooked pupusa with beans and cheese

Now fold it as if you were making an empanada. Use the bag to help you do this.

folded black bean and cheese pupusa

Now shape it back into a ball with the help of the bag if you need it.

What I do is take the two ends and kind of push them in and up in order to make a ball.

black bean and cheese pupusa dough

Put the flap back over the ball because now we are going to flatten this ball again.

Don’t make the pupusa too flat. It shouldn’t be like a tortilla. They should be thick like the one shown below.

pupusa before cooking

Heat up a skillet over medium heat. Coat the skillet with some oil. I don’t use a lot of oil just enough to keep the pupusas from sticking.

Once the oil is hot add the pupusa.

Cook for about 3-4 minutes then flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. It should be browned and cooked through. Like the one below.

pupusa on a skillet

Transfer the cooked pupusa to a paper towel lined plate and repeat the above steps with the remaining 5 balls.

You can add oil as needed to the skillet to keep the pupusas from sticking.

bean and cheese pupusas

Black Bean and Cheese Pupusas

While pupusas are yummy on their own. They are so much better served with curtido.

Curtido is a delicious cabbage slaw that you must try. It takes the pupusas to a whole ‘nother level!

Don’t forget to rate this recipe down below!

pupusa with curtido
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Bean and Cheese Pupusas

Bean and cheese pupusas are the ultimate comfort food.  They’re filled with flavorful refried beans  and delicious mozzarella cheese.

Course Main Course
Cuisine latin american
Keyword bean and cheese pupusas, pupusas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Maseca
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup water warm
  • mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup refried black bean
  • vegetable oil as needed

Instructions

  1. Add the Maseca and salt to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Slowly add the warm water to the bowl and mix with your hand until you have a moist and soft dough.
  3. Divide the dough into 6 even sized balls.
  4. Cut through the sides of a ziploc bag making a flap. Then put one of the dough balls inside the bag.
  5. Use a heavy pot to flatten the ball.
  6. Add a tablespoon full of refried beans to the center of the pupusa and top with the shredded cheese.

  7. Fold the pupusa as if making an empanada.

  8. Shape it back into a ball.

  9. Put the ball back into the bag and flatten it. Don’t flatten it too thin. It should be thick.

  10. Heat up a skillet over medium heat. Coat the skillet with oil.

  11. Once the oil is hot add the pupusa.

  12. Cook for 3-4 minutes then flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.

  13. Transfer cooked pupusa to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat above steps with the remaining five balls.

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