Where to Find Pupusas in Dallas
Pupusas are the unsung heroes of Latin cuisine. Their crisped exteriors may not entice like a taco filled with pork, pineapple, and cilantro, but this humble exterior belies a rich and meaty filling that is nothing short of magical. Corn masa is shaped into a pocket, filled with meats, cheese, and other hopefully fresh ingredients, then fried to crispy perfection on a flat-top grill.
Most commonly you'll find Salvadoran chicharron inside pupusas, which looks nothing like the hard-fried pork cracklings you're used to. In El Salvador, chicharron is pork that has been slow-braised, fried in its own fat, then mixed with traditional spices, onions, and tomatoes. Salvadoran cheese, which is mild but slightly tangy, is also a common fixture. A spicy, fermented cabbage slaw, similar to Korean kimchi, is typically served alongside pupusas, and adds nice crunch and a little tang.
Unlike taquerias, you won't find a pupuseria on every corner in most Dallas neighborhoods. But anyone who is a fan of great street tacos and tamales should head out to one (or all) of these pupuserias in a hurry.
1. Taqueria la Pasadita Y Pupuseria (above)
205 N. Carroll Ave
Most of the pupuserias in Dallas are also taquerias, so you're really getting the best of both worlds when you go to places like Taqueria la Pasadita. Order a few tacos, but don't sleep on these pupusas. Watching the staff here grill them with precision is fascinating enough, but don't fawn for long. This greasy goodness has a pretty short shelf life.
2. Gloria's (multiple locations)
Margaritas go perfectly with pupusas. File photo
Gloria's is probably the most upscale place in Dallas to find pupusas, but that doesn't meant that they aren't worth exploring. You won't find a variety of fillings here, only pork and cheese, but the tortillas are handmade and almost as good as the more authentic pupuserias in Hispanic neighborhoods.
3. Pupuseria Los Gemelos
116 S. Carroll Ave
If you're looking for a really quick option for pupusas, try Pupuseria Los Gemelos on Carroll in East Dallas. It's sort of the McDonald's version of pupusas, and you can load up on the cheap. The cooks stuff and grill the pupusas to order, ensuring that they come out to your table at the appropriate (read: mouth-scorching) temperature. The cabbage and carrot slaw was particularly spicy, but there is plenty of rich and melty cheese to keep your mouth from really igniting.