Real Sopapillas Recipe -
Real Sopapillas Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Real Sopapillas

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"Sopapillas for any occasion. Serve hot with honey, or your own tostados recipe."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and shortening. Stir in water; mix until dough is smooth. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Roll out on floured board until 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 3 inch squares. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 09, 2005

This recipe was fantastic, thanks! To those having problems getting a good "puff" out of your sopapillas, here are some tips, all of which are related to keeping your oil at the right temperature: 1. Use adequate oil. You want at least an inch depth of oil to fry in. Contrary to what some believe, more oil in the pot means less oil in your food, because the temperature stays more constant, and the food finishes cooking before it begins sucking up oil. 2. You need an candy/fry thermometer. Don't trust strange voodoo methods like timing the cooking of bread cubes. Don't trust your electric skillet's temperature controller (mine is off by about 75 degrees!) Spend $10 and buy a thermometer. There's no excuse to guess at the temperature when it's so cheap and easy to measure it. 3. Don't overload the oil. When I made these, I was frying no more than 2 sopapillas at a time. Putting food into hot oil is like dropping an ice cube into a warm beverage -- the food is going to cool the oil around it. Putting a lot of food in will dramatically drop your oil temperature. This is especially bad if you're also violating point #1 and not using enough oil.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 25, 2003

the recipe was pretty good. and actually sopapillas are from new mexico.

Dec 18, 2008

HELPFUL TIPS THAT WORK FOR ME EACH TIME: It's very true that to get these to by puffy, you must get the dough as thin as possible. I just make sure the oil is at a temp that if you enter something, it sizzles. Never need a thermometer :) Mine are super puffy if I let one side cook for 2 min, flip ...then another 2 min. They taste exactly like they do at restaurants, and enough of a pocket inside to insert that warm honey. And why stick to squares? I found a star shape cookie cutter & used them. Thought they were cuter. Don't overload your fryer though because you have to leave time to hurry & flip. Also, be sure to wipe off extra oil w/ paper towels!!! Mine didn't taste greasy AT ALL doing it this way. :)

Apr 14, 2003

I've been looking for a recipe this good for over five years, and this THE ONE. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon and the honey they recommend, and serve with a scoop of Breyer's vanilla ice cream. It's truly the best.

Mar 05, 2010

This recipe is wonderful!! Light and tender... crispy and easy to cook all the way through. I worked in a Mexican restaurant for a bit and we used to take the balls of fresh tortilla dough and just lightly spread/pull them to the right thickness & round shape in front of the fryer. Instead of rolling & messing up my counter, I let the dough rest 20 min.... rolled it into 2" balls & then let them rest about 10 min. & pulled them like I used to. They turned out better than the restaurant's! The last few had an extra 15 min rest and they were even better. This will be my only sopapilla recipe & I'm using it for fresh tortillas too! Thank you for the recipe!! **UPDATE** I stuck several leftover balls of dough in the freezer..just to see what happens. A few days later... HOLY COW! They rose as they defrosted, and, when fried they were soo puffy that they were almost round & completely hollow. I noticed a little bit of a crust on the raw dough just from air contact, but it was completely undetectable after fried. How dangerous can it get with amazing sopapillas just minutes away with virtually no prep??? Thanks again.....I think :o)

Mar 29, 2011

I'm Hispanic, and this is a regular dessert at my house. One thing I learned from my my mother was not to roll out the whole dough. Make small meatball size portions and roll out one at the time. They come out thin, puffy, and very crispy.

Jul 31, 2003

I made these to go with my Mexican Buffet for Super Bowl Sunday. Everyone loved them. They were quick and easy to make. I used a cinnamon, sugar mix to coat them with, while they were still warm.

Sep 25, 2003

just like my abuela's


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  • Calories
  • 160 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 9.7 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 128 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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