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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.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Cinco de Mayo, Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 20
Calories: 77kcal




  • 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.



  • 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.


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