Taste of El Salvador’s Pupusa Master Class with Chef Alicia Maher

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Alicia Maher’s “Taste of El Salvador’s Pupusa Master Class

Hola I am Alicia Maher, Gourmand Award winner and author of Delicious El Salvador and El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos. Join me for my “Taste of El Salvador’s Pupusa Master Class”. I will teach you how to make the masa from scratch and how to prepare authentic meat and vegetable fillings for this iconic Salvadoran dish. Plus, I will also teach you how to prepare other recipes and talk about Salvadoran food history.

The Pipil, the indigenous people of El Salvador, are credited with the invention of the Pupusa. The word “pupusa” derives from the Nahuat language and it has two possible meanings, either “stuffed” or “puffy,” perhaps in reference to the fillings and how pupusas puff up after cooked.

Our Pipil ancestors filled them with ground red beans, vegetables, blossoms, and seafood. When the Spanish arrived in the first part of the 16th century they introduced new ingredients such as cheese and pork, and as a result, new varieties like the Pupusa Revuelta (Mixed) emerged.

In 2005, the Salvadoran government issued legislation designating the Pupusa the national dish of El Salvador. They are simply delicious and showcase the artisan quality of our culinary traditions.

I will teach you how to prepare each filling step by step.


Fresco de ensalada (A beverage made with finely chopped fruits and lettuce)


Salsa de tomate (tomato sauce)

Pupusas de queso (cheese)

Pupusas de queso con loroco (cheese and loroco)

Pupusas de frijoles rojos (red refried beans)

Pupusas de chicharron (pork pate)

Pupusas de pollo (chicken)

Pupusas de carne (beef)

Pupusas de camarones (shrimp)

Pupusas Revueltas (mixed) pork pate, red refried beans and cheese.

Pupusas de Ayote (zucchini squash)

Pupusas de espinaca (spinach)

Pupusas de albahaca con queso (basil and cheese)

Leche Poleada (Salvadoran Vanilla Custard)

Alicia Maher was born and raised in Santa Ana, El Salvador. She is the bilingual author and publisher of Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking, a 2014 Gourmand winner for Best First Cookbook of the World. Her translation of Delicious El Salvador, El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos: 75 Recetas Auténticas de la Cocina Tradicional Salvadoreña, was a semi-finalist, category translation, in the 2018 Gourmand awards.

Alicia’s mission is to preserve, rescue and document authentic Salvadoran recipes for her children, future generations, and food lovers everywhere. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Joseph. They are the parents of three wonderful sons. Alicia graduated from UCLA in 1992, Bachelor in Art History.

Alicia and her recipes have been featured by Gerry Furth-Sides for Local Food Eater, CNN Latino, MundoFox, Esmitv, The Latin Kitchen, Barbara Hansen for Cook’s Cook Magazine, Bill Esparza for Los Angeles Magazine, La Opinion, EFE, El Tiempo Latino, El Salvador.com, Amy Riolo Blog, Spicy Peach Blog, and much more. Alicia was named El Salvador's Culinary Ambassador by UCLA Magazine, Revista Ella from El Salvador, and Sercano TV. She has taught Salvadoran cooking classes at Whole Foods, Surfas Culinary District, Latin Food Fest, and on live TV in Viva La Mañana, a morning show in El Salvador. In 2017, at the invitation of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, she gave a talk on Salvadoran food history at the Los Angeles Grand Central Library.

Alicia was a contributor to The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes That Make America Great, from Interlink Publishing. She represented the millions of Salvadoran immigrants living in the US.

Author & Publisher: Delicious El Salvador and El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos
Websites: http://deliciouselsalvador.com/https://aliciamaher.com/
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