The darling of this year’s Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is a pocket of melty cheese topped with all sorts of deliciousness. What dish am I talking about? (Hint – it is offered at the new Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio.) Of course, it’s the Blue Corn Pupusa.
Our version of this classic Salvadoran dish starts with grilled blue masa corn cakes we stuff with white cheddar and top with shredded pork, guajillo-árbol chile sauce, cabbage slaw, and aji amarillo crema. Yum!
We are sharing the recipe for this popular dish that is just as much fun to make with family and friends as it is delicious. Many of the components can be prepped the day before so everyone can help with stuffing, flattening, cooking, and topping right before eating.
BLUE CORN PUPUSA STUFFED WITH CHEESE AND TOPPED WITH SHREDDED PORK
EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
PORK WITH GUAJILLO-ÁRBOL CHILI SAUCE
- 6 dried guajillo chilies
- 1 chile de árbol
- 6 cups plus 2 tablespoons water
- 1 garlic clove
- 2-3 pounds pork butt, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
- Coarse salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups red cabbage, shredded
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 carrot, julienne
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon brown sugar
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
AJI AMARILLO CREAM
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 3/4 teaspoons aji amarillo paste
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more, to taste
BLUE CORN PUPUSA
- 2 cups blue corn masa1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 3/4 – 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup grated white cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 16 freshly picked cilantro leaves
FOR PORK WITH GUAJILLO AND ÁRBOL CHILI SAUCE:
- Remove stems from guajillo and árbol chiles. Heat large sauté pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot. Add chilies and toast for 1-2 minutes on each side, until darker in color.
- Place chilies in large pot with 6 cups of the water and garlic clove. Bring to simmer and cook, covered, for 20 minutes, until soft. Blend with immersion blender until smooth.
- Season pork generously with salt. Add to pot of water. Bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 1 hour, until pork is tender. Remove from liquid and cool for 20 minutes. Do not discard cooking liquid.
- Combine remaining 2 tablespoons of water with cornstarch in small bowl. Bring pork liquid back to a boil. Add cornstarch and water and stir until sauce thickens. Reduce heat to low.
- Shred pork and add to sauce. Season with additional salt, to taste.
- Keep warm until ready to serve.
FOR RED CABBAGE SLAW:
- Combine apple cider vinegar, water, salt, oregano, brown sugar, and chili flakes in small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
- Mix shredded cabbage, onions, and carrots in large bowl. Add cooled dressing and toss to coat.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to one day, before serving.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
FOR AJI AMARILLO CREAM:
- Combine sour cream, aji amarillo paste, lime juice, and salt in medium bowl. Season with additional salt, to taste.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
FOR BLUE CORN PUPUSA:
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine masa, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt in mixing bowl. Pour in 3/4 cups of water and stir to combine. Slowly add additional water, 1/4 cup at a time, until a soft, pliable dough forms.
- Scoop dough into 1/4 cup balls and place on reserved baking sheet.
- Using your fingers, make a well in the center of each ball of dough. Fill each well with 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese. Pinch to close dough around the well.
- Gently flatten into disks, making sure no cheese is showing.
- With caution, heat canola oil in large non-stick skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Cook pupusa for 2-3 minutes on each side, until dark blue in color and crispy on the outside.
- Keep warm until ready to serve.
Place pupusa in the center of each plate. Top with pork and red cabbage slaw. Drizzle aji amarillo cream on top. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
Note: Always use caution when handling sharp objects and hot contents. Please supervise children who are helping or nearby. This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version.
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