Simplicity Is Key!

Theme: 5 Ingredients Or Less

Trying to find something with 5 ingredients or less is harder than you think. That is if you truly count each ingredient including basic things like salt, sugar, pepper and oil, which I personally think you should. An ingredient is an ingredient, right?! Basically what it comes down to is processed foods are usually involved.

The first time I ever had a papusa was in Mexico from a street vendor. I imagine that there are endless things that you can stuff these with, but for the sake of this challenges simplicity we will just stick with beans and cheese. I tried about a year ago to make these and it went horribly bad! I did not know that masa goes bad. Silly me. I assumed that it was like the equivalent to flour and stored in an air tight jar would be fine. Let me tell you that is incorrect. So now I store mine in the freezer for freshness.

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Ingredients:
2 cups masa harina
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup zesty refried beans, canned
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Vegetable oil for frying
Directions:
1. In a bowl combine masa, water and oil.

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2. In a small bowl combine beans and cheese.

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3. Form 10 equal balls of the masa dough.

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4. Take one and flatten in your hand to 1/2 inch thick. In the middle add 2 tablespoons of bean and cheese mixture. Make sure the mixture is fully enclosed and flatten out. Repeat with the remaining 9.

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5. In a pan add 1 tablespoon of vegetable and get nice and hot.
6. Cook until browned on both sides.

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