Chorizo & Cheddar Pupusas

Pupusa is such a cute little word! I was actually reading up on the history of the popular Salvadoran dish and found out that after a civil war in the country, many of Salvadorans migrated to the U.S. One popular migration destination in particular was San Antonio! History Lesson! Although I have never been to one, there are now many pupusarias in San Antonio!

Actually, the first time I had a pupusa was a few weeks ago at Gloria’s in Dallas. Filled with pork and cheese, I thought to myself, ‘I could totally make these!’ After looking up some recipes I decided to embark on a culinary adventure a little bit farther south of the border.

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Traditionally, the insides of a pupusa consist of pork, queso blanco, and sometimes refried beans. In tonight’s version, I used beef chorizo, black beans, and cheddar cheese.

Ingredients

prepared masa mix, about 3 cups worth

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 tube all beef chorizo

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The Process

  1. In a nonstick skillet, mix chorizo and black beans. Cook until done. Drain any grease and transfer to a bowl.Image
  2. Grate cheddar cheese into a bowl. Roll masa mix into golf sized balls.Image
  3. Using my same method for making corn tortillas, roll out two circles between a freezer sized Ziplock bag. Image
  4. Place a spoonful of chorizo and black beans in the center of the ‘tortilla’ and top with shredded cheese. Put the other ‘tortilla’ on top and seal with your fingers. Put the pupusa back between the plastic bag and lightly flatten with a rolling pin.ImageImageImage
  5.  Cook in an iron skillet for about 2 minutes on both sides until golden brownish. ImageImage

Traditionally pupusas are also served with a slaw called curtido. Unfortunately I did not have time to make any. Another unfortunately, these definitely were not as good as the pupusas from Gloria’s, but it was my first time making them. Always time to improve! I think for now I will just stick to Tex Mex cuisine,

Over the Weekend: Family Time

This weekend went according to plan in no way at all. I had originally planned to meet up with my boyfriend in Dallas for dinner and some drinks. Instead, it turned into a quick dinner with close friends  before catching a plane down south. 15 minutes before my shift ended on Friday, I received news that my Papa had passed away.

In an earlier post I joked about only going home for holidays and the occasional funeral. Sadly this is true. The weekend’s events reminded me that time is very precious and to not take a single moment for granted. I was also reminded how much I really do love and miss my family and how I need to make a greater effort to see them more often. At least I can take consolation in the fact that my Papa is now up in heaven. I was also happy that my dad got to spend as much time with his dad as he was able to before his passing. ImageImageImage

The above pictures are of my grandparents, dad, and his siblings when they were living in New Orleans in the early 1960s.

On a much lighter and happier note, my cousin’s sweet baby boy turned 1 over the weekend. (I totally forgot this was happening!) Little baby Thomas Blaze gets bigger and bigger each time I see him! I spent much of Saturday helping set up for his party. It was a super cute nautical theme!ImageImageImageImageImage

His actual party took place on Sunday afternoon. Check out that cake! So cute!ImageImageImageImage

When I go home, I normally have to play musical beds. Fortunately this time around, my sister was house sitting. I go to sleep in a king sized memory foam bed! Though I had to share with my sister, a Klondike like chocolate lab, and a schnauzer. I love dogs so much that I didn’t really mind when Rusty took up my side of the bed. It was also nice to spend time with my sister watching reruns of Friends and Sex and the City.ImageImageImage

Sunday evening I caught a plane back to Dallas. But before that happened, I got to have dinner with my dad at one of my favorite places downtown.

Every time I’m home, my dad and I like to drive around the downtown area. He likes to point out all the places we could have lunch at should I move home. He likes to point out all the places I could live should I move home. He likes to point out all the places I could work at should I move home. I take each of these suggestions with a grain of salt and an eye roll. Eventually I would live to move back to San Antonio (unless I end up someplace cooler) but not anytime soon. ImageImageImageImage

We settled on one of my favorite restaurants in South Town called Taco Haven. They could change the name to Taco Heaven and it would probably be an even better fit! This was the first time for me to eat here during dinner time! I had a puffy taco plate, a classic San Antonio dish, and man they did not disappoint! I’ll have to make some at home soon!ImageImageImage

The best part of dinner was getting to spend quality time my dad. I can not even begin to imagine what he is feeling right now. I can’t wait to spend a week with him hanging out in New Orleans next month. Love you dad!

Can you believe it is July 1st already? Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Image