I had been told that when and if I visit El Salvador I have to binge on Pupusas, because they are good and very cheap. I had no clue what Pupusas were but “good & cheap” sounded good to me. Since I spent over a week in El Salvador I can tell you that now I know for sure what they are and damn are they freaking good and yes very cheap. They are a backpackers dream meal, I went crazy with them.
So what is a “Pupusa”???
“A Pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, hand-made corn tortilla that is usually filled with a blend of the following: cheese, cooked pork meat ground to a paste consistency, refried beans. The two most common pupusas are the pupusa de queso (cheese) and more popular pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients of queso (cheese), frijoles (beans), and chicharrón. Pupusas are typically served with curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar) and a watery tomato salsa” (copied this from Wikipedia click on it to read more about Pupusas).
You never forget your first. I remember having my first Pupusas at 4:35pm during a crazy transportation day. They were 3 for $1 and damn did they hit the spot just right (since I had not had anything to eat up until then that day). Then after having a successful transportation day I had 4 more for dinner (they were only $0.40 each).
Only a few hours in El Savlador and I loved the fact that I would be able to eat Pupusas just about everyday. When you are in El Salvador you will find a Pupusa stand or two or five just about everywhere. You will find them in the markets, on the plaza, on the main street, hell even in the middle of nowhere.
At first I was keeping track of how many I ate, I was curious to know how many I would eat while in El Salvador. The tally ended after a few days; I couldn’t keep up and gave up. I now have no clue how many I ate but I know it has got to be roughly over 35 during the time I was there. As for the amount I have had during my trip it has to be well over 60. You can find Pupusas in Honduras and Guatemala as well, but don’t be fooled they will not be as good as the ones from El Salvador.
I know Pupusas could not be healthy for you, but damn they are just so good. Have you had a Pupusa before what is your take on them? If you haven’t what is a dish you couldn’t get enough of while you were traveling, because it was so good and cheap?