Prep 3 hrs
Cook 1 hr
Ready, Set, Cook! Hidden Valley Contest Entry. We made these for our Big Game Sunday Party and they were SO good! We made our traditional huge batch of chili, but my mom and I were craving something with a little Latin twist and voila! these pupusas were born. I have made pupusas before, but the Hidden Valley Original Ranch seasonings put them over the top! They are time consuming (prep time includes marinating), but easy to do and everyone chipped in. We had a blast making them! Invite some friends over and have your own pupusa party:)
- 1 (1 ounce) packet Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning Mix
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 tablespoon coarse sea salt
- 1⁄2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
- 1⁄2 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1⁄2 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano (or regular)
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (12 ounce) packagefrozen raw shrimp (thawed)
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 (15 1/4 ounce) can black beans (rinsed & drained)
- 3 shallots, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 poblano pepper, diced
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
- 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided (about 2-3 limes)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese (or 1 cup each) or 2 cups monterey jack pepper cheese (or 1 cup each)
- 5 cups masa harina
- 2 (1 ounce) packets Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning Mix (2 packets)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like)
- 4 -5 1⁄2 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil, for brushing
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for spice mix, set aside.
- Peel and de-vein thawed shrimp, then chop very fine or use a food processor to grind to similar consistency of the ground pork. In a large bowl, combine the ground pork and shrimp. Reserve 1 Tablespoon of spice mix, and pour the rest into the pork/shrimp mixture, along with 2 Tablespoons of the lime juice and 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the oil. Stir to combine, cover, and place in the fridge to marinate for an hour.
- Remove pork/shrimp from fridge. Using a large skillet (preferably a cast iron skillet) saute the pork/shrimp mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cooked through and lightly browned (about 15 minutes). Place cooked mixture in another large bowl, set aside, and return skillet to heat. Add the other 1 1/2 tablespoon of oil to skillet, along with the shallots and garlic, saute about 2 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the frozen corn kernels and continue to saute, another 2 minutes, then add the bell peppers, poblano pepper, black beans, and reserved Tablespoon of spice mix and continue to cook until all the veggies are cooked through (about another 15 minutes). Remove pan from heat and combine the veggie mixture with the shrimp/pork mixture in bowl and add the other 2 Tablespoons of lime juice. Set this aside & let cool to about room temperature. Once cooled, add the shredded cheese, mix well, & set aside while you make the pupusa dough. Rinse & wipe skillet clean to use again.
- In another large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients for the pupusa dough. Add the water, about a half cup at a time, until the dough forms a large, easy to handle ball. Form the dough into 32 equal sized balls (a little larger than a golf ball), cover with a damp cloth/paper towel & let rest 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 250`F.
- Place 2 pupusa balls about 6" apart between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Press each ball flat using a 6" skillet or plate or whatever you have on hand, to make 2 equal sized rounds. Top one round with 1 - 2 Tablespoons of the filling mixture, then place the other round on top. Press the edges together to enclose the filling and then LIGHTLY press to flatten/even out the thickness of the pupusa, doing your best not to crack the dough or blow out the filling. Perfection is not necessary -- they will still be delicious even if they are "bulging" a little, trust me, we found that out :).
- Put your skillet back over medium heat. Brush one side of the filled pupusa with oil and place, oil side down, in skillet. Cook about 2 minutes (until brown spots begin to form), brush the other side of the pupusa with oil, flip and cook another 2 minutes until browned on that side. Place the pupusa on a cookie sheet in oven to keep warm. Continue this process until all the pupusas are done.
- Serve these with cilantro, sour cream, lime wedges, and Hidden Valley Original Ranch dressing for dipping!
- Note: we had a nice little assembly line going, cooking 2 pupusas at a time in the skillet. Some were brushing with oil and flipping, while others were pressing and forming. Tons O' Fun! FYI, if you have a little filling left over, freeze for later or stuff in some taco shells, super yummy!