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Izalco Catering

izalco catering


Jose and Marcelo Vega


Jose Vega immigrated to San Francisco from El Salvador in the 1970s. After many years as a realtor, he founded Izalco Catering to offer gourmet pupusas, a traditional Salvadoran dish of a thick masa tortilla stuffed with a savory filling. Pupusas are typically accompanied by a lightly fermented cabbage relish (called curtido) and tomato salsa. Izalco Catering specializes in traditional pupusas (bean, cheese, and pork) but also offers different options for the eclectic fusion taste of the Bay Area community (Southwestern with chipotle chicken). Jose also noticed that some of his customer base did not consume pork so he created pupusas with alternative meat choices and even a vegan pupusa. With the demand of operating in several busy markets around the Bay Area, Jose has entrusted his oldest son, Marcelo, with helping run the family business.


Izalco sources their ingredients from local farmers markets.

Fun Fact

The original recipe for Izalco Catering’s pupusas comes from Jose’s grandmother, who owned a pupuseria in El Salvador.


San Francisco, California


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