Definition of pupusa in English:

pupusa

(also popusa)

noun

North American
  • In the cuisine of El Salvador: a thick maize flour tortilla filled with various ingredients before being fried.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Denton (Maryland) Journal. From American Spanish (El Salvador) pupusa tortilla made with maize or rice flour and filled with pork cracklings, cheese, or other ingredients from Pipil pupu:sah (ultimately from Nahuatl popōtzoā to puff out, thicken, swell), the tortilla being so called on account of its shape.

Pronunciation

pupusa

/puːˈpuːsə/