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Pupusa Casserole

Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 8 servings
Typically, a pupusa is a patty of masa harina dough that's filled with meat and cheese, flattened, and baked. This easier version dispenses with having to fill and shape the individual patties.


  • Filling:
  • 2 cups nopalitos (about 6 chopped nopales - cactus paddles)
  • 2 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, divided
  • Dough:
  • 2 1/4 cups masa harina
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 234
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 7 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 16 g
  • carbohydrate 26.8 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 35 mg
  • iron 3.3 mg
  • sodium 474 mg
  • calcium 244 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. To prepare filling, cook nopalitos in boiling water 10 minutes. Drain.

  3. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt, cumin, and pepper. Heat a medium nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; cool slightly, and shred with 2 forks.

  4. Heat the pan coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in nopalitos, chicken, and 2/3 cup cheese. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

  5. To prepare dough, combine masa harina, water, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly. Press one-third of dough into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread filling over dough. Gently press remaining dough into a 4-inch square on heavy-duty plastic wrap. Cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll, still covered, into an 11 x 7-inch rectangle. Remove bottom sheet of plastic wrap; fit dough over filling. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.