Jennifer Slattery's Stuffed Corn Tortillas

Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for, is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, a ministry that exists to help women experience God’s love  and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. She and her team travel to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at

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Jennifer's Stuffed Corn Tortillas
Makes 8 small tortillas that could feed between 2 and 3 people

The Italians have calzones. The Greeks have pitas. In the United States we have … pizza pockets? And the El Salvadorans have stuffed tortillas, also known as papusas. When our family went to Central America for a  weeklong mission trips, we ate a lot of papusas. They were cheap, made quickly, and could be found almost anywhere. One can enjoy these simple yet tasty foods in restaurants or prepared by food venders. Though they may be cooked over an electric or gas stove, those I saw were prepared on griddles heated by coal.

2 ¼ Cup Masa Harina*
¼ Coconut oil
1 Cup water
¼ Cup refried beans
½ Cup cheese
Extra oil for frying (1-2 TBS)
Garnish/toppings: Sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) and salsa to taste

Mix cornmeal, coconut oil, and water in a bowl. It should resemble a paste. Because I used self-rising corn meal instead of mesa harina, I put the mixture in the oven on warm (or low heat) for 45 min.

Grease and heat a frying pan on medium heat. (I used about 2 tablespoons of oil.)
Mix cheese and refried beans. (You can also add shredded chicken or beef if you like.) For the beans, I chose beans with green chiles.

Next, take a large spoonful of the cornmeal mixture and roll it in a ball then flatten the ball in your hand. Place a small spoonful of the bean mixture into the center of the cornmeal circle, then close the cornmeal around it to form a ball again. Flatten this slightly (without squishing the insides out) and place this in a greased frying pan. Again, I like fat, so I added about a tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan.

Cook the stuffed tortillas for four to five minutes on each side until golden brown, then top with sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) and salsa to taste.

*This is a special kind of cornmeal. I couldn’t find it so instead used self-rising cornmeal. My tortillas did turn out slightly crumbly, but they were still quite tasty.