I’m taking a little break today from Orlando vacation posts for a review from the frozen section of the grocery store…
When we returned from our trip to Florida, we got in around 10:30 at night. So there was no time for grocery shopping. We just walked in the door, hugged and kissed our kitties, and went straight to bed. The next morning, the refrigerator and cupboard were slim pickings after almost a week away.
Luckily, before I left I’d received a couple of boxes for review from Tres Pupusas, a pupuseria out of Boulder, Colorado. They arrived frozen and on dry ice. If you’re not familiar with pupusas, they’re basically stuffed corn tortillas. Tres Pupusas has cuatro flavors of frozen pupusas and dos of them are vegan: Kale & Pinto and Black Bean & Corn. All of them are gluten-free.
I pulled an avocado out of the refrigerator that had been a bit under ripe when I left and was now perfectly ripe and some jarred jalapeños for a simple breakfast that was ready in ten minutes.
The frozen pupusas are made with non-GMO corn (something that is important to me) and very simple ingredients. With only five ingredients, they include organic corn masa, black beans, organic sweet corn, olive oil, and salt.
I followed the baking directions, except I baked them on parchment paper without any oil. I later reheated one on the stove with a bit of oil in the frying pan, and the crisp texture added to the experience. So for best results, I’d recommend baking them and then finishing them off with a tiny bit of oil in a skillet for extra crispness on the exterior.
The flavor was mild but pleasant, and went especially well with avocado and jalapeños. The softness of the beans was reminiscent of refried beans. The pupusas would be a fun, easy side to have on hand for a tofu scramble, taco salad, or to serve alongside fried plantains.
David is anti-pinto bean, and so I broke into the second box of pupusas on my own yesterday. This one is made with organic corn masa, water, pinto beans, olive oil, kale, salt, chili powder, chipotle powder, and onion powder.
I wasn’t as into the seasonings on the pinto & kale pupusas. The kale is chopped very small, and so the flavor of the kale is pretty non-existent. What I tasted the most was the chipotle seasoning. They weren’t bad by any means, but I preferred the black bean and corn.
The box suggests making curtido to go with them and gives a recipe, which I very loosely followed since I didn’t need an enormous batch of it for just one person. Curtido is similar to cole slaw and made with cabbage, carrots, onion, jalapeños, and apple cider vinegar. The crunchy cabbage matched nicely with the soft pupusas. I also served them with salsa & jarred jalapeño slices.
To see if Tres Pupusas are available in your area, you can check their store locator.
Disclaimer: I received two complimentary boxes of pupusas from Tres Pupusas. The thoughts and opinions are totally my own.