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.
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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!
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!
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!