I’m a Pupusa newbie, but I’m already a big fan. If you’re not familiar, Pupusas are doughy, delicious stuffed corn tortillas from El Salvador. They’re typically stuffed with a mixture of meat and cheese, and then topped tableside with a slightly pickled slaw (called Curtido) and a warm, tangy tomato sauce.
Pupusas aren’t just in Central America! In 2011, the food truck, Solber Pupusas, won the Vendy Awards in NYC (the Vendy Awards votes on the best food vendor carts around the city).
Another popular filling is Loroco, which is a un-opened flower bud grown throughout Central America and is typically only available from May-October.
Since I’m such a fan of Pupusas, imagine how happy I was when I found a Pupusa restaurant just 1 block from our new house in Antigua! It’s called Pupusas Antojitos Salvadoreños and you can’t miss it, as the facade is electric blue! They don’t have a Trip Advisor page or a Facebook page, but they’re located on 4 Calle, just past 1a. Avenida on the right (on the way out of Antigua).
This restaurant is cash only, but Q100 is more than enough for 2 people. They have the traditional Pupusas such as Chicharron and Revueltas, but also have some interesting flavors like the Hawaiiana with ham and pineapple! My favorites here are the Champigñon and the Loroco. I tend to like restaurants like this one that have a limited menu (in their case, they only serve one thing, pupusas). There’s no hiding behind a big menu and it gives them the opportunity to perfect the menu items. And perfect they are.
Pick a table, seat yourself, and enjoy the 90’s music videos playing on the TV while you wait to order.
Two pupusas per person is enough, but if you’re starving, get 3. After you order, they will bring you two bowls; one with pickled carrot, onion, and jalapeno and one with the fermented slaw. Careful with the pickled vegetables…sometimes they can be really spicy! Pupusas pair well with beer so order a Gallo!
Your pupusas will come piping hot with cheese oozing out of the tortilla. These are 2 Champignon Pupusas
The point is to make your own how you like it; I always add tomato sauce first, and then the slaw and pickled vegetables. Christopher adds the slaw first and tomato sauce last but as far as I’m concerned, there’s really no wrong way to do it.
Another great thing about Pupusas? They’re CHEAP! The traditional pupusas are only Q10 each, which is about $1.30.
Hope your date is as handsome as mine 🙂 Locals, check this place out! In just 5 months, we’ve been here about 10 times and the food/service is consistently great.
Here’s a recipe from the NYT that’s easily customizable with different fillings/toppings- give it a try!