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Where to Eat Comforting, Cheese-Stuffed Pupusas in DFW

There are plenty of great local spots to find this Salvadoran classic

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There is no dish that better represents the diverse cuisine of El Salvador than the pupusa. The round, griddled flatbread is made with masa harina (corn flour) and stuffed with cheese, beans, pork, and other variations of deliciousness. Once a skin, leopard-spotted by char, has formed around the chewy and cheese-laden center, the pupusas are served with acidic, crunchy curtido (coleslaw) and spicy red salsa. Sometimes called the most popular food in El Salvador, pupusas earn the hype.

Fortunately, there are a number of great Dallas restaurants serving excellent Salvadoran cuisine, including stellar pupusas. Use this map as a guide to the city’s best.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Michoacan Tortas & Pupusas

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3030 N Josey Ln
Carrollton, TX 75007
(972) 939-8550

Order at the counter of this tiny Carrollton restaurant, where the bean and cheese pupusas are made with refried pinto beans instead of the usual black beans. Here, they’re paired with a crunchy curtido that’s a little sweet.

2. Pupusas Doña Lola

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1002 Webb Chapel Rd
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 418-0129
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Doña Lola is a must-try DFW pupuseria. Polished wood tables and chatting, laughing families fill the well-lit dining with bright orange walls. Try any of the pupusas, filled with cheese, shredded pork, and more delicious stuffings, and pair with Doña Lola’s creamy orange salsa and fresh, crunchy curtido.

Pupusas Doña Lola
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3. Pupuseria Palacios

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13920 Josey Ln
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
(214) 616-1872

Pupuseria Palacios’ pupusas and curtido are so flavorful and juicy, it’s easy to forget to use the warm red salsa that comes on the side. The dining room can occasionally be loud, but diners can order their pupusas to go, or stick around and dine in while watching a soccer match that inevitably will be playing on the restaurant’s old TV.

4. Tienda La Campiña

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10818 Dennis Rd
Dallas, TX 75229
(972) 243-1227

Just down the street from Bishop Arts, La Campiña Salvadoreña has managed to maintain its original Oak Cliff charm despite the neighborhood’s rapid gentrification. Be sure to order the jalapeño and cheese pupusa, a unique offering that will inspire serious future cravings. While it sizzles on the griddle, browse the store’s shelves filled with Latin and Hispanic goodies.

5. Chalet

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1901 S Jupiter Rd Suite 102
Garland, TX 75042
(214) 962-4810
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Two tables fill Chalet’s modest dining room, and much of the food is prepared beforehand and served Chipotle-style from a buffet. Nothing, however, is modest about the made-to-order pupusa de frijoles y queso, which pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s thin red salsa.

6. Pupuseria Lilian

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2410 W Miller Rd
Garland, TX 75041
(972) 840-2952
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Pupuseria Lilian is a DFW institution for a reason. When covered in curtido and drowned in Lilian’s finger-licking green sauce, these medium-sized pupusas are to die for—especially the pupusa revuelta, which bursts with bubbling cheese and juicy pork. Word to the wise: parking can be difficult at lunchtime while crowds pack the dining room.

7. Casa Linda Salvadoran Cuisine

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11255 Garland Rd Ste 1330
Dallas, TX 75218
(469) 372-0866
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From behind an unassuming storefront, Casa Linda Salvadoran Cuisine offers delicious pupusas alongside other traditional Salvadoran dishes. The menu labels the pupusa plate as a starter, but the portion is sufficient for a meal: two pupusas come with tender rice and perfectly smooth black beans smothered in freshly grated cheese. Be sure to try the pupusa de loroco, made with queso blanco and loroco flowers, a native plant of El Salvador that tastes similar to spinach.

8. El Salvadoreño Restaurant

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8414 Denton Dr
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 366-3307

This sparsely decorated restaurant, located near Love Field and Bachman Lake, serves up some killer cheese-stuffed pupusas as well as delicious plantains. At $1.35 or $1.50, depending on the filling, the pupusas are also a great deal.

9. La Unica

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7325 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228
(214) 774-2107

Located inside a former gas station, La Unica is a reliable lunchtime destination. Here, the pupusas are good but the curtido is excellent: it has a distinctive, yellow color and an intense acidity that, somehow, is not overpowering.

10. La Pasadita

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205 N Carroll Ave
Dallas, TX 75246
(214) 824-1909

For some of the best pupusas in Dallas, go to Taqueria La Pasadita. Arrive with patience and cash, because Pasadita doesn’t accept credit cards, and a small lot plus out-the-door crowds make parking a challenge. Fortunately, the food is always worth the wait. Here, watch staff chop fresh cabbage for curdito while another employee mans the sizzling griddle packed with cheese, bean, and pork-stuffed pupusas.

11. Salvadorian Cuisine

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580 W Arapaho Rd #241
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 238-8081

With purple-shrouded tables surrounding the kitchen on two sides and reggaeton booming in the background, Salvadorian Cuisine is like a theatre in the round, and its pupusas are the stars of the show. Despite their enormity, the pupusa maintain a perfect ratio of filling to masa dough. Try the rich and creamy pupusa de loroco, arguably one of the best pupusas in Dallas, or the simple yet impeccable cheese and black bean pupusa.

1. Michoacan Tortas & Pupusas

3030 N Josey Ln, Carrollton, TX 75007

Order at the counter of this tiny Carrollton restaurant, where the bean and cheese pupusas are made with refried pinto beans instead of the usual black beans. Here, they’re paired with a crunchy curtido that’s a little sweet.

3030 N Josey Ln
Carrollton, TX 75007

2. Pupusas Doña Lola

1002 Webb Chapel Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006
Pupusas Doña Lola
Photo by Lori Bandi

Doña Lola is a must-try DFW pupuseria. Polished wood tables and chatting, laughing families fill the well-lit dining with bright orange walls. Try any of the pupusas, filled with cheese, shredded pork, and more delicious stuffings, and pair with Doña Lola’s creamy orange salsa and fresh, crunchy curtido.

1002 Webb Chapel Rd
Carrollton, TX 75006

3. Pupuseria Palacios

13920 Josey Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Pupuseria Palacios’ pupusas and curtido are so flavorful and juicy, it’s easy to forget to use the warm red salsa that comes on the side. The dining room can occasionally be loud, but diners can order their pupusas to go, or stick around and dine in while watching a soccer match that inevitably will be playing on the restaurant’s old TV.

13920 Josey Ln
Farmers Branch, TX 75234

4. Tienda La Campiña

10818 Dennis Rd, Dallas, TX 75229

Just down the street from Bishop Arts, La Campiña Salvadoreña has managed to maintain its original Oak Cliff charm despite the neighborhood’s rapid gentrification. Be sure to order the jalapeño and cheese pupusa, a unique offering that will inspire serious future cravings. While it sizzles on the griddle, browse the store’s shelves filled with Latin and Hispanic goodies.

10818 Dennis Rd
Dallas, TX 75229

5. Chalet

1901 S Jupiter Rd Suite 102, Garland, TX 75042

Two tables fill Chalet’s modest dining room, and much of the food is prepared beforehand and served Chipotle-style from a buffet. Nothing, however, is modest about the made-to-order pupusa de frijoles y queso, which pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s thin red salsa.

1901 S Jupiter Rd Suite 102
Garland, TX 75042

6. Pupuseria Lilian

2410 W Miller Rd, Garland, TX 75041

Pupuseria Lilian is a DFW institution for a reason. When covered in curtido and drowned in Lilian’s finger-licking green sauce, these medium-sized pupusas are to die for—especially the pupusa revuelta, which bursts with bubbling cheese and juicy pork. Word to the wise: parking can be difficult at lunchtime while crowds pack the dining room.

2410 W Miller Rd
Garland, TX 75041

7. Casa Linda Salvadoran Cuisine

11255 Garland Rd Ste 1330, Dallas, TX 75218

From behind an unassuming storefront, Casa Linda Salvadoran Cuisine offers delicious pupusas alongside other traditional Salvadoran dishes. The menu labels the pupusa plate as a starter, but the portion is sufficient for a meal: two pupusas come with tender rice and perfectly smooth black beans smothered in freshly grated cheese. Be sure to try the pupusa de loroco, made with queso blanco and loroco flowers, a native plant of El Salvador that tastes similar to spinach.

11255 Garland Rd Ste 1330
Dallas, TX 75218

8. El Salvadoreño Restaurant

8414 Denton Dr, Dallas, TX 75235

This sparsely decorated restaurant, located near Love Field and Bachman Lake, serves up some killer cheese-stuffed pupusas as well as delicious plantains. At $1.35 or $1.50, depending on the filling, the pupusas are also a great deal.

8414 Denton Dr
Dallas, TX 75235

9. La Unica

7325 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228

Located inside a former gas station, La Unica is a reliable lunchtime destination. Here, the pupusas are good but the curtido is excellent: it has a distinctive, yellow color and an intense acidity that, somehow, is not overpowering.

7325 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228

10. La Pasadita

205 N Carroll Ave, Dallas, TX 75246

For some of the best pupusas in Dallas, go to Taqueria La Pasadita. Arrive with patience and cash, because Pasadita doesn’t accept credit cards, and a small lot plus out-the-door crowds make parking a challenge. Fortunately, the food is always worth the wait. Here, watch staff chop fresh cabbage for curdito while another employee mans the sizzling griddle packed with cheese, bean, and pork-stuffed pupusas.

205 N Carroll Ave
Dallas, TX 75246

11. Salvadorian Cuisine

580 W Arapaho Rd #241, Richardson, TX 75080

With purple-shrouded tables surrounding the kitchen on two sides and reggaeton booming in the background, Salvadorian Cuisine is like a theatre in the round, and its pupusas are the stars of the show. Despite their enormity, the pupusa maintain a perfect ratio of filling to masa dough. Try the rich and creamy pupusa de loroco, arguably one of the best pupusas in Dallas, or the simple yet impeccable cheese and black bean pupusa.

580 W Arapaho Rd #241
Richardson, TX 75080

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