Salvadoran Pupusas, how they expanded around the globe.


Did you know that the Salvadoran Pupusas were first created centuries ago by the Pipil tribes who lived in what is now known as El Salvador? If yes, you are ahead of most people. There are a lot of Salvadorans who don’t know where this delicious food originated from.

Knowing where Pupusas originated from or how they got to be known around the globe is not a priority for many people, as long as they continue to taste delicious and keep us satisfied.

Pupusa is the most popular dish consumed in El Salvador; therefore, it does not matter what part of the country you visit, you will always find a Pupuseria.

The origin of the Salvadoran Pupusas.

According to historians, Salvadoran Pupusas, or a variation of today’s dish, were first made by the Pipil tribe around 1500BC.

The diet of the Pípil was the same as other Meso-American peoples; it included corn, beans, and squash, strengthened with whatever meat was available at the time. The Pipil discovered how to make corn dough that is used to make tortillas or Pupusas.

Additionally, it was noted that the pre-Columbian Pupusa was vegetarian, and it was shaped like a half-moon. Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun transcribed that by1570, the meat had been incorporated into the Pupusa filling.

Also, Cooking instruments used for the preparation of corn dough have been excavated in Joya de Ceren and other archaeological sites in the El Salvador.

The Pipil tribe might not have made Pupusas the way we know them today; nevertheless, they deserve the credit for creating this delicious dish.

How Pupusas got to be known around the world.

For many centuries, Pupusas were a local dish made by Salvadoran families, mostly in the western part of the country.

Around the late 1960s and the 1970s, the traditional dish expanded across the country and in neighboring areas of Guatemala and Honduras.

However, it was until the 1980’s that Pupusas started to be known outside El Salvador. The Salvadoran armed conflict forced many people to migrate to other countries, mainly the United States.

Consequently, Pupusas became available in whatever country a Salvadoran community was found.

Nowadays, Pupuserias are found in many large and small cities in the United States. Furthermore, you can locate Pupuserias in countries such as Australia, Italy, Canada, and many other nations.

To sum up, Pupusas are a Salvadoran dish created a long tie ago by the Pipil Indians. Today, this dish is served all over El Salvador and in many countries around the world. So, if you ever get the chance, try this delicious dish at least once, I am sure you will enjoy it.

If you are not able to find a Pupuseria near you, here is a recipe on how to make Pupusas by

Also, if you want to know more about traditional Salvadorian food or restaurants, I recommend you visit, a blog by Doris de Semsch. The blog is in Spanish, but you can use google translate to read it.

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