Sopes are tasty Mexican appetizers made of nixtamalized corn (masa). Perfect for topping with your choice of delicious fillings, sopes are an alternative to tortillas for fast snacking or entertaining guests at parties.
Sopes are much simpler to prepare than corn tortillas and can even be prepared 100% beforehand and then heated before eating.
What is a sope?
Sope is a Mexican dish combining crispy soft masa with various savory toppings, usually prepared using masa harina and water.
Once formed into small, thick discs with short raised ridges, the dough is fried before being topped with your preferred ingredients, such as refried beans and picadillo, but you can always customize according to personal tastes!
Tortillas and gorditas share many similarities; both require mixing flour, water, fat, and baking powder into a dough rolled up into pockets for stuffing or flattened and pinched around their perimeters to form borders or borders of fillings.
The main distinction lies in how each is formed: one involves stuffing its pockets, while the other involves flattening and pinching to form borders around its outer edge.
To create a sope, heat a cast iron skillet or comal over medium-high heat and fry 2-3 rounds until lightly golden and pliable – about two minutes per side.
Once cool, use your thumb and pointer finger to press out a border around each sope to contain its toppings.
Sopes de Pollo
Sopes de Pollo is a delectable Mexican appetizer that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Made of corn discs filled with delicious ingredients such as chicken, they’re easy to make ahead of time and serve with anything from beans to guacamole for maximum flexibility!
Combine masa harina and warm water in a medium-sized bowl until it resembles bread dough, and use your hands to form small circles from this mixture.
Pinch its edges with your thumb and index finger to form an edge around each circle, preventing sopes from tearing apart during baking.
After sopes have been fried, they should be drained on paper towels to remove excess oil. To assemble, top each sope with warm refried beans and chicken/vegetable filling before garnishing it with lettuce and queso fresco before serving.
Sopes that have been made can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to seven days, but if you prefer not frying, baking may work better, although baked sopes won’t have quite the same crunch!
Sopes de picadillo
Sopes de picadillo is an irresistibly flavorful and versatile Mexican dish. Resembling thick tortillas in appearance, sopes feature an imprisoned pinched border that forms right after cooking to prevent fillings from spilling over into other parts of the sopes.
Sopes start as a combination of masa harina and water. Still, you can add flavoring with various ingredients like lard, vegetable shortening, or oil to give them a richer taste.
They’re simple to make and make a fantastic snack or appetizer. Or use them as part of a main course by filling them with refried beans, meat, vegetables, and cheese!
Sopes’ unique texture makes them a delicious meal for children of any age. They are also very versatile; you can add any toppings for any diet, from creamy avocado dip to crunchy vegetables grilled over an open fire for extra crunch!
Sopes de chorizo
Sopes are small round-shaped shells made of masa (dough made from nixtamalized corn). Cooked on a grill and then topped with various ingredients, they have become trendy and have numerous variations. Sopes may contain meat filling or beans/cheese/sauces/condiments for topping off this beloved food item.
To create the dough, combine masa harina and salt before slowly mixing in hot water and olive oil. Knead until you form a soft ball-shaped ball of dough.
Cover and allow the dough to rest for at least 20 minutes before covering it with a towel for resting time.
Once the dough has rested, divide it into 14 equal pieces and form them into flat rounds with your hands. Heat a large pan or skillet and lightly fry each sope for approximately 30 seconds per side before transferring them onto a paper towel-lined surface to drain.
To prepare and serve soups, begin by filling each with refried beans and shredded or crumbled meat, adding toppings such as lettuce, pico de gallo, Mexican crema, and cilantro.
Sopes de refried beans
This dish uses sopes topped with refried beans and picadillo for a leisurely breakfast or snack, perfect anytime during the day. Simply reheat before enjoying! This simple and straightforward dish makes eating well effortless!
Mix corn flour masa with warm water in a large bowl, slowly adding additional amounts until a dough forms. Divide this dough into golf-ball-sized balls.
Flatten each one out to form 5-inch circles by hand or tortilla press; when flattened, pinch all around the edge to create short raised rims.
Cook one sope at a time on a hot griddle or skillet; each side should take only seconds to finish cooking. Or you can bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until they are warmed and slightly crispier.
After they finish cooking, indent them using the back of a spoon to hold in fillings such as refried beans, picadillo, shredded chicken, cotija cheese, and cilantro before serving!
As our journey into the heart of Mexican cuisine comes to a close, the story of Sopes unfolds as a testament to the rich tapestry of flavors and textures that define this beloved dish.
These small, thick corn cakes, with their raised edges cradling a symphony of toppings, offer a culinary experience that encapsulates the essence of Mexican street food.
In concluding our exploration, it’s evident that Sopes are more than just a meal; they’re a canvas for creativity. The combination of masa, savory toppings, and vibrant salsas creates a sensory experience that delights the eyes and the palate.
Whether enjoyed as a snack or a main course, Sopes celebrates the diverse and dynamic nature of Mexican gastronomy.
So, whether you’re a seasoned chef or a culinary adventurer, our guide ensures that diving into the world of Sopes is a flavorful and rewarding endeavor, ready to bring the spirit of Mexican street food to your table.