Looking for an authentic, traditional Mexican dish to serve on Cinco de Mayo? These Mexican Sopes would be perfect! As a bonus, they are gluten free and vegetarian!
I’ve mentioned before that my cousin loves to cook traditional Mexican meals, and she’s quite good at it. In fact, my One Pan Mexican Chicken and Rice dish is based off of her recipe. She lives in southern Arizona, about twenty minutes form the Mexico border, so you can get good Mexican food all over town. However, the very best dishes come straight from her kitchen!
The last time we visited, she made a meal that I hadn’t had before – Sopes. Sort of like a thick corn tortillas. Only way better.
Masa and water are mixed together to form a dough, then the dough is divided into golf ball sized portions and pressed into 1/4-1/2 inch discs.
The discs are then fried to perfection and topped with refried beans, meat, lettuce, cheese, and/or salsas. Traditionally a creme is added as well.
I have made these little bites of heaven a few times now and it’s about as easy as it gets.
- 1 1/2 cup masa
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
- Cooking Oil
- Toppings: refried beans, shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa, etc.
- Stir the masa, salt and water together until a dough forms. With lightly floured hands, knead the dough for a few minutes.
- Divide the dough into golf ball sized portions and roll unto a ball shape.
- Press each ball lightly between your hands and then use your fingers to flatten into a disc. The dough should be between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Pinch the edges all around the outer edge of the disc to create a raised edge. Keep extra dough in the bowl covered with a wet paper towel to keep the dough from drying out.
- Heat about 1/2 to an inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat. (You will know it's ready when a drop of water sizzles in the pan).
- Place masa discs into the hot oil and cook until lightly browned, turning once. The edges should be nice and crispy and the center soft.
- Remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate.
- Add toppings and serve immediately.
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