Sopes (Tartlet-like cakes made with masa harina)

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Author Notes: Sopes are small, round, tartlet-like cakes made with masa harina, the flour used to prepare corn tortillas. A sope can be filled with anything from meat, beans, salsa, cheese or a combination of these. My simple recipe is filled with black beans, roasted chiles, and topped with queso fresco and cilantro. Growing up we called them chalupitas, or “little boats”. These are great appetizers for any party.MuyBueno

Makes 8 large sopes or 16 small sopes

  • 2 cups masa harina (recommend Maseca Corn Flour Masa)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 roasted long green chiles, sliced ½” strips
  • 4 cups cooked pinto or black beans (or canned beans), drained
  • 2 cups queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1 cup cilantro sprigs
  • Avocado slices (optional)
  1. Combine the two cups of masa harina, salt, and water. Stir until mixture is smooth and slightly sticky. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, if needed. Dough should be soft like play-doh and not dry.
  2. Divide masa mixture into 8-16 portions (depending on desired size). Cover with a damp cloth to keep the dough soft and moist. I like keeping mine in the same bowl I mixed the dough.
  3. Line your tortilla press with plastic wrap. Place each ball between the plastic wrap and press down to form a little ½” patty. Peel off the plastic wrap. If you don’t have a handy dandy tortilla press you can use a heavy skillet or pot to make the dough circles. Or use your hands to form a patty.
  4. Preheat an ungreased comal (griddle) on medium-high heat. Cook each sope on the comal for about 2-4 minutes on each side until dry. Repeat with the remaining sopes.
  5. To form the sopes you will need to work quickly while each sope is warm off the comal.
  6. Take each sope and working from the center outward, pull the warm dough pinching up the edge of the round to make a ridge. You may need to dig into the dough because it has cooked a bit. You will do this all the way around until you create a little boat.
  7. Set each one aside until you are ready to fill.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill each sope with beans and chile. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with queso fresco, cilantro, and garnish with avocado slices (optional).
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Tags: black beans, cheese, latin, mexican, queso, spicy, tart

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almost 3 years ago Panfusine

These sound awesome.. Been looking for a nice mexican recipe that i can make from scratch! thanks!

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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These look delicious!! My brother's Mexican girlfriend showed me how to make sopes. It's pretty simple - and very delicious! Looking forward to trying these. Thanks for the recipe!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 2 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Made these sopes for dinner tonight with beef and bean chili, green onion and a dollop of creme fraiche. Muy bueno indeed!! I formed them by hand and it helped to keep my hands wet while patting them into a circle. Thanks for a great recipe!

Yvette_sangria

over 2 years ago MuyBueno

OH YUMMY mrslarkin. So happy to hear you loved them! You are very welcome!

Yvette_sangria

over 2 years ago MuyBueno

Thank you Susan! I look forward to hearing what you think! My kids LOVE them (without the chile) ;)

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over 3 years ago susan g

I'm interested, and I have Maseca waiting for a recipe. Trying this soon!

Yvette_sangria

over 3 years ago MuyBueno

Thank you Susan! I look forward to hearing what you think! My kids LOVE them (without the chile) ;)