Sopes are one of the most popular Mexican snacks. The base of the sopes is corn dough with which a thick tortilla is formed that it is spread with refried beans and sauce, lettuce, onion and grated cheese are added.
The classic shape of sopes is oval. They measure between 8 and 9 centimeters long, although in Mexico City you can also find sopes of up to 15 cm.
The tortilla is cooked in a comal or frying pan with a little lard, the fat is optional. When the sopes are still hot, pinch them together and form edges, this helps contain the sauce.
Sopes are usually spread with ground bay beans, but black beans are also often used, accompanied with green or red sauce.
This appetizer can be presented as a simple dish with the basic ingredients, beans, salsa, lettuce, cheese and onion, or as sopes prepared with some type of meat, such as chorizo, roast beef, hash or chicken tinga.
Simple sopes are also often served to accompany a roast beef or steak dish.
Depending on the region, it is often preferred to add certain ingredients to the sope, including fish and shellfish, such as oyster sopes in Nayarit.
Mexican sopes recipe
-500 g of corn flour
-200 ml of water
-50 g of butter
-10 g of pork salt
-1 cup of refried beans
-1 cup of sliced lettuce
-½ cup of red onion filleted
-½ cup of grated fresh cheese
-½ cooked and shredded chicken breast (optional)
You can buy the corn dough ready to make tortillas, in that case, you will not need the corn flour.
1. Mix the cornmeal with the salt, the butter and the water until you get a dough. Form waits of approximately 3 centimeters, flatten them and give them an oval shape.
2. Cook the tortillas on both sides in a comal and pinch the edge to form the edges.
3. Spread the sopes with refried beans, add a little sauce, lettuce, chicken, onion, cream and cheese.
for the sauce: 1/2 white onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 200 g of roasted green tomato (you can replace it with red tomato), 1 sprig of coriander, 4 serrano peppers and salt to taste.
Roast the onion, garlic, tomatoes and chiles and blend together with the cilantro and salt.
There is another Mexican appetizer very similar to sopes: pinched or chopped. To make Veracruz picadas you just need to make the tortilla bigger. Add a sauce (tomato, ranchera, chipotle, green or mole), cheese and onion; They can also have other ingredients such as beans, eggs, pork rinds, chorizo or steak.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.