Homemade sopes

Sopes are a classic Mexican dish made with masa sharing. Making homemade sopes is really easy, and they can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Homemade vegan sopes

What are sopes?

A sope is a thick corn tortilla made with masa harina (affiliate link) that has a border around the edges. This border helps to keep all the fillings inside. Sopes are deep-fried or cooked on a comal (Mexican stovetop griddle (affiliate link)). Sopes are typical in all Mexico, but depending on the region you’re at, the fillings will be. My recipe is vegan and healthier than the traditional one.

How to make Traditional mexican sopes step by step

How to make Mexican homemade Sopes?

  • Make the masa. It is really easy to make them. The first step is to mix masa harina (affiliate link) (corn flour) with warm water to form a soft dough.
  • Make the tortillas. Roll the masa into small balls and press with a tortilla presser or something flat to form a thick-small-tortilla.
  • Cook. You cook this thick tortilla on a griddle (affiliate link) over medium-high heat until it looks “dry” and the top cracks a bit. Then you flip and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Pinch the edges. When you take it out of the heat, let it sit for 30 seconds and then start pinching the edges with your fingers. Be careful, they’re really hot. You can use a kitchen towel so you don’t burn your fingers.

After those four easy steps, you are ready to start preparing them the way you want. You can prepare them with anything you will prepare a taco. Think of homemade sopes as an open taco that will taste delicious with everything you put on top.

Prepare them with refried beans, chorizo, mushrooms, or just salsa. You can store them in the fridge or freezer and just reheat before using.

Do I need a tortilla presser?

No. You can press the dough balls with any dish that has a flat bottom or a small cutting board. 

•How to store them?

Fridge. Let them cool and then wrap them in a clean kitchen towel and store in a tightly sealed container or plastic bag. ( I use recyclable ones). They will last up to a week.

Freezer. Let the sopes cool completely store in a tightly sealed container or plastic bag. They last up to a month in the freezer.

•How to reheat the sopes?

You can reheat them on the stove over a griddle or in the oven at 350ºF for 15 minutes. 

Tips, tricks & other recipes

  • You can serve this recipe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In Mexico, we eat them all the time.
  • I prepared these with refried beans, shredded romaine lettuce, and vegan Mexican cream and salsa.
  • I prepare my Vegan Mexican crema at home.
  • I love them with red salsa or salsa verde. Here are three recipes for salsa verde: Authentic Mexican salsa verde and Mexican salsa verde two ways.
  • Homemade sopes also taste delicious with the potato-chorizo filling I used for the vegan pambazos.
  • But any way you prepare them always finish them with Mexican pickled red onions for extra yumminess and crunch.
Mexican sopes, homemade and vegan. Topped with beans, lettuce, crema and salsa.

For me, home has always been where my family lives. I am a Mexican living in the USA, and I love both countries equally. But I do have to confess that every time I prepare Mexican food, my heart lights up a bit. I love that my kids come back from school and know that the smell of tortilla or chiles on the stove is the smell of Mexico. I really hope you get a taste of it also. So here is the recipe for the

homemade sopes

and I hope you like them. If you do, please share the recipe and the blog on Instagram, FB or save this recipe for later on Pinterest. It would also be fantastic and super helpful if you leave a comment and/or rating of this recipe in the comment section. Please feel free to write suggestions, ideas, or how it went when you made the recipe.

Sopes hechos en casa, receta vegana. Homemade sopes.
4.94 from 15 votes

Homemade sopes

In this post, you will learn how to make homemade sopes, a traditional Mexican dish but made vegan in a much healthier way.
15 mins
20 mins
35 mins
8 sopes
Calories: 167kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 2 tablespoons neutral tasting oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water

To serve:

Instructions

  • Mix the masa harina with the salt and oil;  little by little add the water. If you need more, just add it in subtle quantities. The idea is to achieve the consistency of a soft dough.
  • Heat a pan or skillet on high heat. To cook the sopes, the skillet or pan has to be on medium-high heat.
  • While heating the pan or skillet, form a ball with the masa harina dough and put it between two pieces of plastic. With a plate that has a flat bottom, apply pressure until you have a flat and even disk or a thick tortilla.
  • Put each masa disk on the pan until it looks dry on top. Turn it over and leave it until cooked. As soon as you pull it out of the griddle pinch the edges with your fingers. Be careful not to burn yourself, it will be very hot.
  • Repeat until done. When the sopes are ready, add a tablespoon or two of the refried beans, then some lettuce, Mexican salsa, and a dollop of cream.
  • You can also add red onion or pickled onion and some sliced chiles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1122IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican vegan
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: healthier mexican cuisine, healthy mexican food, mexican vegan food, traditional mexican food
Author: Piloncillo&Vainilla

Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

This post is inspired by A Couple Cooks’ adoption story. Their story is fantastic, and it is very close to my heart. Their baby has Mexican roots, I am Mexican, and the idea of them wanting to nourish those roots touched me deeply. 

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SopeMaster

5 stars
I love mexican sopes!! Thank you for the recipe!! I added sliced fresh jalapenos to finish them and fthey were excellent. Saludos!

Veronica

5 stars
Thanks for the recipe! I always wanted to make sopes at home. I think I will use the chickpeas and chorizo relleno you mentioned.

Sandra Brito

5 stars
Never heard of sopes before but I used to have a tortilla press that I left in São Paulo when came to the US that you have made me want to have again. And the smell of Mexico. That’s what I recall the most from my unforgettable trip to your country.❤️

mavi trapos

5 stars
wow! vuestra cocina es súper amplia y completa! otro nuevo descubrimiento que estoy deseando probar

Yasmari Bello

5 stars
I love the homemade sopes. Thanks for your recipes

Daqui

5 stars
Que buen aspecto y las fotos maravillosas, muchas ganas de probarlo

Misskrem

5 stars
Que delicia! Uno de mis platillos favoritos son los sopes se ven deliciosos con esos frijoles! Yummy gracias por la receta!!

Rosanna Mancino

5 stars
Adoro las sopas mexicanas y general toda la sazón. Nunca había probado sopa de desayuno pero lo haré… La salsas verde y roja son un must! Definitivamente esa mezcla de tradición, familia y sabor que se conjuga en cada uno de estos platos es un festín multisensorial. Gracias por compartir!

María

5 stars
Cada vez que descubro una nueva receta mexicana me encanta!!! Por supuesto la que nos muestras hoy probaré a hacerla muy pronto, se ve deliciosa

Blanca D

5 stars
There’s nothing like homemade sopes! they are just so yummy, we love to eat them (and make them) at home.

Silvia Martinez

5 stars
I love sopes, they are so versatile, bean sopes are my absolutely favorite! And they are great homemade!

Morena

5 stars
Bellísimas las fotos y la historia. No sabía que los sopes se comen en el desayuno…. con estas lecturas nunca dejo de aprender cosas interesantes de cada uno de nuestros países. Mil gracias por la receta.