Sopaipillas

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If you love beignets, funnel cakes, or buñuelos, you will love Sopaipillas. Sopaipillas (or sopapillas) are easy to make, with simple pantry ingredients! Serve them as a dessert with a dusting of cinnamon-sugar and a drizzle of honey or stuff them with savory fillings for a complete meal.

Sopaipillas Sopaipillas on barro a Mexican plate

What are Sopaipillas?

Sopaipillas are a popular Hispanic dish in South America and New Mexico.

Sopapillas are popular in New Mexican cuisine and are served in almost every New Mexican-style and Tex-Mex restaurant.

From what I have seen and heard, true Mexican cuisine does not include sopaipillas, but it has buñuelos.

What is the different between buñuelos and sopaipillas?

Sopaipillas are little pillows of bliss and similar to a fry bread that puff up when fried like a pillow until golden brown on the outside and soft in the inside. 

Buñuelos, on the other hand are rolled out thin and fried until crispy.

ingredients to make Sopaipillas Sopaipillas

How to serve Sopaipillas?

You can either eat sopaipillas with savory fillings like refried beans or eat them as a dessert sprinkled with sugar and drizzled with honey.

My grandma usually made sopaipillas for dessert and her recipe is in the Muy Bueno cookbook, and today I am sharing it here on the blog along with a video.

I can still see my grandma sitting in her kitchen drinking her cafecito and drizzling miel virgen (honey) on a sopaipilla.

What is a stuffed Sopapilla? 

Some New Mexico and Colorado restaurants stuff sopaipillas with Carne Adobada or Picadillo by splitting a large sopaipilla down the middle similar to a pita bread.

How to make Sopaipillas? 

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually stir in water just until dough pulls together.

dough to make Sopaipillas Sopaipillas

Divide dough into 5 pieces.

divide dough to make Sopaipillas Sopaipillas

Roll out each piece of dough on lightly floured board into an 8-inch diameter circle.

tortillas to make Sopaipillas Sopaipillas

Cut each circle into 4 wedges.

Sopaipillas Sopaipillas wedges on a cutting board

Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Add a few of the tortilla wedges at a time. The wedges will puff up. Turn once so they will puff evenly on both sides; then turn back to brown on both sides.

fry Sopaipillas Sopaipillas in cast iron pan

Drain on paper towels.

drain Sopaipillas Sopaipillas on paper towels

While warm, coat each sopaipilla with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve with honey.

serve honey with Sopaipillas Sopaipillas

Savory fillings for sopaipillas

More no-bake desserts

Watch this video to learn how to make sweet sopaipillas sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar and a drizzle of honey.

Do you like sopaipillas sweet or savory? Please let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from you.

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas (or sopapillas) are easy to make, with simple pantry ingredients! Serve them as a dessert with a dusting of cinnamon-sugar and a drizzle of honey.
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Ingredients

Cinnamon-Sugar

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually stir in water just until dough pulls together.
  • Divide dough into 5 pieces. Roll out each piece of dough on lightly floured board into an 8-inch diameter circle. Cut each circle into 4 wedges.
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Add a few of the tortilla wedges at a time. The wedges will puff up. Turn once so they will puff evenly on both sides; then turn back to brown on both sides.
  • Drain on paper towels. While warm, coat each sopaipilla with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve with honey.

Video

Notes

  • If your sopaipillas are not puffing properly, the temperature of the oil may need to be increased or decreased.  
  • Sopaipillas can be kept warm in a 200 degree F. oven for up to 1 hour.  They refrigerate well and can be reheated in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 54mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

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