Festival of the Arts Colorful Culinary Recipe For Blue Corn Pupusa!

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Let’s be real — We’re all fawning over the artwork both on the canvases and on the plates at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts. Just looking through the complete guide of the 2021 Festival Food Studios, you can’t help but drool over the colorful culinary dishes.

And believe us, they’re just as delicious as they are beautiful with these must-eat creations!

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Vibrante & Vivido

One new Food Studio addition to the EPCOT Festival of the Arts, Vibrante & Vivido, is creating strokes of genius with what they’re bringing to the table. And at home kitchen artists have already been re-creating one of this Food Studio’s must-try items — Passion Fruit Mousse with Dragon Fruit Jam. It’s sweet, yummy, and on Inside the Magic’s Senior Report’s, Kelly’s, must-try list for this festival.

Now Disney Parks Blog is sharing another magical recipe from Vibrante & Vivido!

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Blue Corn Pupusa Stuffed With Cheese And Topped With Shredded Pork

Recipe Source: Disney Parks Blog EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Makes 8


Pork With Guajillo-Árbol Chili Sauce

  • 6 dried guajillo chilies
  • 1 chile de árbol
  • 6 cups plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2-3 pounds pork butt, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Cabbage Slaw

  • 2 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienne
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
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Aji Amarillo Cream

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons aji amarillo paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more, to taste

Blue Corn Pupusa

  • 2 cups blue corn masa
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 – 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • 16 freshly picked cilantro leaves
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For Pork With Guajillo-Árbol Chili Sauce

  1. Remove stems from guajillo and árbol chiles. Heat large sauté pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot. Add chilies and toast for 1-2 minutes on each side, until darker in color.
  2. Place chilies in large pot with 6 cups of the water and garlic clove. Bring to simmer and cook, covered, for 20 minutes, until soft. Blend with immersion blender until smooth.
  3. Season pork generously with salt. Add to pot of water. Bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 1 hour, until pork is tender. Remove from liquid and cool for 20 minutes. Do not discard cooking liquid.
  4. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons of water with cornstarch in small bowl. Bring pork liquid back to a boil. Add cornstarch and water and stir until sauce thickens. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Shred pork and add to sauce. Season with additional salt, to taste.
  6. Keep warm until ready to serve.

For Red Cabbage Slaw

  1. Combine apple cider vinegar, water, salt, oregano, brown sugar, and chili flakes in small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Mix shredded cabbage, onions, and carrots in large bowl. Add cooled dressing and toss to coat.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to one day, before serving.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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For Aji Amarillo Cream

  1. Combine sour cream, aji amarillo paste, lime juice, and salt in medium bowl. Season with additional salt, to taste.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For Blue Corn Pupusa

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine masa, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt in mixing bowl. Pour in 3/4 cups of water and stir to combine. Slowly add additional water, 1/4 cup at a time, until a soft, pliable dough forms.
  3. Scoop dough into 1/4 cup balls and place on reserved baking sheet.
  4. Using your fingers, make a well in the center of each ball of dough. Fill each well with 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese. Pinch to close dough around the well.
  5. Gently flatten into disks, making sure no cheese is showing.
  6. With caution, heat canola oil in large non-stick skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Cook pupusa for 2-3 minutes on each side, until dark blue in color and crispy on the outside.
  7. Keep warm until ready to serve.

To Serve

  1. Place pupusa in the center of each plate. Top with pork and red cabbage slaw. Drizzle aji amarillo cream on top. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
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Make both recipes from Vibrante & Vivido to indulge in that sweet and savory combination of delight. While you’re enjoying your own version of these dishes, sit down and take a peek at the honest review from the re-imagined EPCOT Festival of the Arts.

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