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Savory Sopes

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These sopes are fried masa cakes and are delicious topped with savory meats and veggies. Sopes make a great appetizer because of their small size. Make them extra small and add minimal toppings for a perfect finger food. Or make sopes your main dish by topping them high with large chunks of cooked meats and veggies.

Topping Ideas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 3 cups masa harina
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Oil for frying
  • *Toppings (see below for ideas)


Mix together masa, 2 cups of water and salt until a soft dough forms. Add in additional water by the tablespoonful if dough seems too dry. Knead on a lightly floured surface until all ingredients are well combined and dough is softened, about 5 minutes.

Make small balls out of the dough. 1-inch for small (think large marble,) 2-inch for regular size (think walnut,) 3-inch for large sopes (think golf ball.)

Press each ball by hand to about 1/2 inch thick. Or sandwich a ball between two pieces of parchment paper and press with a plate. Or you can roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thick and cut out with cookie or biscuit cutters.

Find a glass, or an object with a smaller diameter than the dough patties. The idea is to press the object into the sopes dough to flatten the center more while creating a raised edge. Do this through the parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Fry in a 1/4 inch of hot oil on both sides until lighlty golden brown and cooked through.

Top and serve immediately. Here are some Topping Ideas

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Easy and Delicious!, Member its_elisa

I'm 19 and not super involved in the kitchen, but have always loved sopes. These were so easy to make, and wowed my friends. I've made them twice now, and they just get better. The flour is cheap, and the preparation is easy. I topped mine with pinto beans, queso fresco, mexican sour cream, cilantro, and onion. Everyone loved them!

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