Beef Pupusas & Curtido Slaw --
Lean Cut
  • Total Recipe Time: 50 to 70 minutes
  • Makes 6 servings


  1. 1-1/2 pounds beef Flank Steak
  2. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  1. 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup chopped fresh mango
  3. 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  4. 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  5. 1/3 cup olive oil
  6. 2 tablespoons achiote paste
  7. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  8. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. 1 package (16 ounces) coleslaw mix (about 7-1/2 cups)
  2. 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  3. 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh mangoes
  4. 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  1. 2 cups instant corn masa
  2. 1-1/2 cups warm water, divided
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Place Marinade ingredients in food processor or blender container. Cover; process until almost smooth. Cover and refrigerate 3/4 cup for dressing; cover and refrigerate. Place beef steak and remaining marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Combine Slaw ingredients and reserved 3/4 cup marinade in large bowl; toss to coat. Season with salt, as desired. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Prepare Pupusas. Combine corn masa, 1-1/4 cups water, salt and pepper in large bowl until soft dough forms. Gradually add more water, if necessary. Divide dough into 6 equal balls. Make indentation in center of each ball; fill with about 2-1/2 tablespoons cheese. Push dough up and around cheese to completely enclose. Flatten balls with hands or rolling pin into 5-1/2 to 6-inch discs, making sure dough stays sealed. Cover with damp paper towels until ready to cook. Spray large skillet or griddle with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat until hot. Place pupusas in skillet in batches; cook 2 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once. Keep warm.
  4. Meanwhile, remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on rack of broiler pan so surface of beef is 2 to 3 inches from heat. Broil 13 to 18 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning once. Remove; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Carve steak across the grain into thin slices. Season with salt, as desired.
  5. Place 1 pupusa on each serving plate. Top with slaw and beef. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
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