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Our Tip The pupusas stuffed with cheese and pork are big, fat, and filling, without being overly greasy. They come with fresh pickled cabbage curtido.
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Big Fat Pupusas at El Salvador Resurant in San Francisco

Big Fat Pupusas at El Salvador Resurant in San Francisco

Where Mexico has its tacos, El Salvador has its pupusas. At El Salvador Restaurant, the pupusas are cheap, big, and made fresh by hand. Place an order and a minute later you'll start hearing the rhythmic slapping as the lady in the kitchen starts flattening out a ball of corn masa stuffed with cheese and finely chopped chicharrones into a wide, flat disk before slipping it onto a hot griddle. Just like with good grilled cheese, the key here is low, slow heat so that the interior fillings melt completely just as the exterior becomes nicely toasted. Like wide, flat hot pockets, if you will, only much, much better.