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Gluten-Free Crispy Cheesy Flatbread

Gluten-Free Cheese Flatbread recipe using only a few basic ingredients. This step-by-step tutorial is fun for the whole family and results in perfectly crispy flatbread stuffed with molten cheddar cheese.

POST UPDATED 4/08/2020My original approach to this recipe was to create a spin on classic pupusas, but because it is not a 100% authentic pupusa recipe, I re-titled this post to be Crispy Cheesy Flatbread.

The authentic version includes white onion, mashed red beans (such as kidney beans) and queso Oaxaca. For a more traditional recipe, check out Bob Appetit’s Pupusas.

If you love anything bread-like, crispy, and/or molten cheesy, chances are you will LOVE this crispy cheesy flatbread.

It is all-things crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and stuffed with molten cheddar cheese for the ultimate gooey adventure. This palate-pleasing flatbread is naturally gluten-free as it is made with masa harina (corn flour).

All you need is a few basic ingredients: masa harina, some form of cooking oil (I use avocado oil), some spices from the pantry (I use cumin and paprika), and some form of cheese (I use cheddar).

Making this gluten-free cheese flatbread at home may seem daunting, but I can assure you the process is easy! And fun!

This easy, step-by-step tutorial brings inspiration to prepare this gluten-free cheese flatbread at home.

Gluten-Free Cheese Flatbread

How to Make Gluten-Free Cheese Flatbread:

Add the dry ingredients (masa corn flour, ground cumin, paprika, and sea salt) to a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined.

Add the hot water and beat until a thick dough forms.

Use your hands to form the dough into a large ball and place back in the mixer bowl. Cover with a damp towel and allow dough to sit 15 to 20 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6 to 8 portions (depending upon the size of flatbread you’re aiming for). Roll each portion into a ball.

Gluten-free flatbread dough

Press the dough to form a well. It should look like a small bowl with thick sides. Fill the well with 2 to 3 tablespoons of grated cheese.

Press the cheese down into the well to compress it and make it easier to fold the dough over the top.

Using both hands, fold the corners of the dough over the cheese filling. Keep pressing together until you have a ball of dough and the cheese filling is entirely enclosed.

Press the dough into a disc, about 4 1/2 to 5 inches wide.

Gluten-Free Cheese Flatbread

Place the discs onto a plate or cookie sheet, and repeat for remaining dough.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Flatbread

Heat 2 to 4 tablespoons of avocado oil or high-temperature cooking oil of choice (algae oil works great because it has a very high smoke point!)  in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Once the skillet is completely hot, carefully place two to three flatbreads on the hot surface. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until golden-brown and crispy. Carefully flip, then cook another 2 to 3 minutes until flatbreads are cooked through and both sides are crispy.

How to make crispy gluten-free cheese flatbread in a skillet

Serve with choice of salsa, sauce, and/or bean dip!Gluten-Free Cheese Flatbread

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Change up the cheese: Use grated queso Oaxaca, crumbled queso fresco/cotija cheese. You can also go with jack cheese or mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar. You can also use multiple types of cheese!
  • Add Beans: Add 2 Tbsp mashed red beans or refried black beans to the center of the flatbread for a bean and cheese version.
  • Incorporate Meat: Use shredded chicken, pork, or beef for a meat lover’s flatbread.
  • While there is typically room to adapt most recipes, there isn’t much you can do in this situation other than changing up the filling. The bulk of the recipe is the masa flour, which should not be replaced with anything else.

Gluten-Free Cheese Flatbread

 

What Type of Flour to Use:

In order to make this recipe, you need finely ground golden masa harina corn flour. You can find masa harina corn flour at most grocery stores. I like using Organic Masa Harina Corn Flour, which you can find online or at select natural food stores.

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Gluten-Free Cheese Flatbread

Gluten-Free Cheese Flatbread

Yield: 6 large cheese flatbread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Wait Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Cheese-stuffed crispy gluten-free flatbread

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the dry ingredients (masa corn flour, ground cumin, paprika, and sea salt) to a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. Add the hot water and beat until a thick dough forms.
  2. Use your hands to form the dough into a large ball and place back in the mixer bowl. Cover with a damp towel and allow dough to sit 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 6 to 8 portions (depending upon the size of papusa you're aiming for). Roll each portion into a ball.
  4. Press the dough to form a well. It should look like a small bowl with thick sides.
  5. Fill the well with 2 to 3 tablespoons of grated cheese. Press the cheese down into the well to compress it and make it easier to fold the dough over the top.
  6. Using both hands, fold the corners of the pupusa dough over the cheese filling. Keep pressing together until you have a ball of dough and the cheese filling is entirely enclosed.
  7. Press the dough into a disc, about 4 1/2 to 5 inches in diameter. Place the discs onto a plate or cookie sheet, and repeat for remaining dough.
  8. Heat 2 to 4 tablespoons of avocado oil or high-temperature cooking oil of choice (algae oil works great if you have it because it has a very high smoke point!)  in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  9. Once the skillet is completely hot, carefully place two to three papusas on the hot surface. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until golden-brown and crispy. Carefully flip, then cook another 2 to 3 minutes until papusas are cooked through and both sides are crispy.
  10. Serve pupusas with choice of salsa, sauce, and/or bean dip!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1 flatbread
Amount Per Serving Calories 297Total Fat 15gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 32gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 10g
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