A taste of El Salvador and a side of social justice

  • Contribute to the Pupusas for Education scholarship!

    So Good Pupusas exists to fund our social mission. Our nonprofit partner, Pupusas for Education provides last-dollar scholarships to undocumented and DACAmented students to attend any higher education institution or program. We are gearing up to select our two new scholars, while continuing to support our current three scholars. We support our scholars through scholarships, as well as funding for enrichment opportunities and emergency situations.
    Join us #EnLaLucha
    *Please make sure to share your address so we can thank you!*

  • Pupusas for Education

    Our scholarship is exclusively for undocumented high school seniors who have applied and been accepted to a 2- or 4-year university, or accredited associates or certification program. Our scholarship is open to undocumented students of any background, ethnicity, race, etc.


    We currently offer two (2) one-thousand dollar scholarships ($1,000) to undocumented high school seniors. This scholarship can be renewed every year following if eligibility requirements are met.


    Our ultimate goal of providing scholarhsips stems from our passion for pupusas and our experience as immigrants in the United States. Our search for better futures and "The American Dream" led us to the United States from El Salvador, and from California to North Carolina.


    Our founders and have been greatly impacted by affordable higher education; in particular the Covenant Scholars program at UNC and the Morehead-Cain scholarship. An affordable education can change any students' life and because of the blessings we have received we believe in paying it forward: in pupusas and scholarships!


    The application period has closed for Fall 2017. Applications for high school seniors graduating in 2018 will open in January 2018. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated!

  • Negocio Con Proposito

    In addition to selling our delicious pupusas, we hope to provide a mechanism for local culinary entrepreneurs to sell their food, too.

    Business for Good

    The purpose of the “So Good Pupusas” is to provide delicious and authentic Salvadorian cuisine with a side of community empowerment and social change. In addition to selling our delicious pupusas, we hope to provide a mechanism for local culinary entrepreneurs to sell their food, too. Many Latinos in the Triangle make and sell food out of their vehicles, without the means to start a food truck or brick and mortar restaurant of their own. We hope to follow in their immigrant entrepreneurial spirit and create a mechanism for community members to sell their food and make a living by buying and selling their food through our food truck. We also will make our second food truck available to local restaurants for lease. That way brick and mortar restaurants have a food truck when they need it to work mobile events. Profit earned from this partnership will benefit Pupusas for Education.


    Contact us below if you have questions or want to get involved, and look out for our crowdfunding campaign coming soon!



  • We Cater!

    Call (919)791-7744 or Email sogoodpupusas@gmail.com with the name and date of your event in the subject line. You can also fill out the catering form found below!


    • Minimum order of 50 pupusas for catering  
    • Orders must be placed 4 business days in advance*
    • $5 Delivery fee 
    • $3 per pupusa plus tax
    • Guaranteed minimum of 75 pupusas ($225) for food truck to come out 
    • If paying by invoice, half down deposit needed upfront
    • We take cash, card, and venmo!
    *Please let us know if circumstances don't allow for advance notice. We are happy to work with our customers to accommodate!

    More catering info:

    • Pupusas are $3 each, sides included (curtido and salsa/picked cabbage carrots and tomato salsa)
    • Choose two of the following options: pork & cheese, bean & cheese, just cheese*
    • Pupusas are gluten free :)
    • We deliver to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill
    • Ask us about Salvadoran Horchata $7/gallon!
    *Ask about zucchini and cheese
  • Menu

    But first, what is a pupusa?


    From the homes and streets of El Salvador, pupusas are thick handmade tortillas, traditionally filled with meat, cheese, and beans, served with a side of curtido (pickled cabbage and carrots), and tomato salsa. Pupusas are a meal for any time of day or occasion. For our founders, they symbolize their family and home. The best pupusas are made with a lot of love!



    CHICHARON (PORK AND CHEESE): flavorful pork cooked down with veggies and paired with cheese for the perfect combination

    QUESO (CHEESE): classic melty, crispy cheese

    FRIJOLES (BLACK BEANS): refried black beans straight from mama's kitchen

    AYOTE (ZUCCHINI): also known as ayotillo, pipian, or calabaza, zucchini pupusas are a delicious vegetarian option



    HORCHATA: a traditional Latin American refreshment, this drink can vary by country. Salvadoran horchata is made from the "morro" seed and has a grainy texture.

  • Pupusas in the News

    • EdNC https://www.ednc.org/2016/11/25/recent-unc-grad-funds-undocumented-students-education-pupusas/
    • NC Food Summit http://wunc.org/post/carolina-food-summit#stream/0

  • The Team

    Cecilia Polanco

    Born in Los Angeles, California to Salvadoran immigrant parents, raised in Durham, NC along with her three older sisters, Cecilia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholars and a Global Gap Year Fellow through the Campus Y. She started So Good Pupusas with her family while she was in undergrad in 2015 and the non-profit Pupusas for Education in 2016. She majored in Global Studies with a minor in Geography, received a Business Essentials certificate from Kenan Flagler, and is currently working on a certificate in Non-Profit Management from UNC. She believes business can be a force for good and that pupusas can change the world.


    Favorite Pupusa: Chicharon con queso, extra crisp

    Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez

    A practicing attorney in Criminal Defense and Immigration Law, Yesenia was born in El Salvador and emigrated to the United States at the age of 3. She received her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Latino/a Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, and her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2008.
    She is also a long-standing community leader, advocate for social change, learning, and all things positive as well as mentoring "younger" people.

    Favorite pupusa: Cheese pupusas with with crispy bits of cheese on the outside!


    Sandra Polanco

    A mother of three and superwoman all around, Sandra owns her own Tax and Accounting Business, Taxes Plus + located in Durham and Burlington. She is optimistic, positive, and full of energy as she encourages and supports the pupusa truck business, as well as serving on the Board for Pupusas for Education. She is also one of our pupusa makers!


    Favorite pupusa: Beans and cheese!



    Ana Santibanez

    A mother of two, Ana is also a mother figure for her younger sisters. She has worked as an Insurance Agent for the past 17 years and now owns A+ Insurance in Durham. She provides financial support and advice for the business and loves helping her little sisters succeed.


    Favorite pupusas: Zucchini pupusas!



    Raymundo Garcia

    Raymundo Garcia Jr. is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Public Policy with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Social, Economic, Justice. He serves as the Chief Financial Officer for So Good Pupusas. While at UNC, Raymundo has developed a breadth of knowledge and experience in community engagement, organization development, and financial management. He has established himself as a student leader, serving as the Co-President of the Carolina Hispanic Association, Co-Director of Outreach for the Campus Y, member of the Executive Branch of Student Government, along with other campus leadership roles. Raymundo’s embodiment of activism can also be seen in his passion for social innovation and state level politics. Raymundo is also a standing advisory board member of the Justice in Action Committee to the Town Council of Chapel Hill/Carrboro.


    Favorite Pupusa: Revuelta



    H'Abigail Mlo

    H'Abigail "Abi" Mlo is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. As a first-generation college student and daughter of refugees, one of Abi's longterm goals include providing resources and empowering underserved youth. She is most interested in working with first or second generation immigrants and refugees from low-income backgrounds. In addition to interning with Pupusas for Education, Abi serves as a co-chair for UNC Catalyst Conference, where she gets to educate high schoolers on different sociopolitical issues. She is also a member of the Asian Students Association and Asian-American Pacific Islander Working Group, a group of students and staff who are working toward establishing an Asian-American Studies department at UNC. Abi also works in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a Student Communications Specialist, where she gets to chat with prospective Tar Heels about her experience as a college student.


    Favorite Pupusa: Pork and Cheese




  • Contact us! We cater!

    If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. We're an early stage venture and would love your opinion. Catering inquiries can also be submitted below. Gracias :D