Just what exactly is a pupusa you ask???
A pupusa (from Pipil pupusawa) is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, hand-made corn tortilla (made using masa de maíz, a maize flour dough used in Latin American cuisine) that is usually filled with a blend of the following: cheese (queso) (usually a soft cheese called Quesillo found in all Central America), cooked pork meat ground to a paste consistency (called chicharrón, not to be confused with fried pork rind, which is also known as chicharrón in some other countries), ), refried beans (frijoles refritos), or queso con loroco (loroco is a vine flower bud from Central America). The two most common pupusas are the pupusa de queso (cheese) and more popular pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients of queso (cheese), frijoles (beans), and chicharrón. Pupusas are typically served with curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar) and a watery tomato salsa. (From Wikipedia)
I had the distinct pleasure of enjoying pupusas previously in Riverside, where I live. While out and about in Orange County one weekend, my partner in crime, Ramon, suggested we stop in and check this place out. This place is the epitome of a hole in the wall. It’s in a long narrow space in a small strip mall. The restaurant itself has a grand total of six small tables.
The staff is very friendly and is always willing to explain items on the menu or make suggestions. I always order the bean and cheese pupusas, and also the revuelta- which is bean, cheese, and chicharron. Quite a tasty combo, let me tell you.
Two pillows of heavenly, meaty, cheesy goodness.
Carne asada plate.
The menu extends FAR beyond tacos and pupusas, and the beverage selection is vast. Mexican Coke and Pepsi, which are far different from the American version, are available in large bottles. They also make fresh juices, horchata, and agua fresca (pineapple is my favorite).
The food here is consistently good. If you want good food, sometimes, you are going to have to wait for it. This is definitely the case with Tacos y Pupusas. The long wait for the food is attributed to the fact that they make it fresh as you order. That is something I can appreciate, for sure.
So the next time you are in Anaheim, visiting the big “D”, or whatever, be sure to take a chance and stop in. This place is open really late and the neon green paint on the walls is sure to be the pick me up you will need to make the drive home after stuffing your face with this amazing food.
Tacos Y Pupusas
214 E Katella Way
Anaheim, CA 92802