In Mexico, sopes are a popular street food that are often served for lunch or dinner. The traditional Mexican sope is a simple meal that can be made with a variety of fillings. I have made this Mexican Sopes Recipe with ground beef, refried beans, avocado, lettuce and cheese. This tasty Mexican recipe will become your new favorite meals! If you are looking for a plant-based Mexican meal check out our Vegan Chili Con Carne.
What are sopes?
Mexican sopes are flat, round corn cakes that are typically topped with meat and cheese. This recipe will teach you how to make an authentic version of the sopes. You’ll learn how to make the dough, as well as what to fill it with.
The origins of Sopes are from central Mexico and this dish can be found all over the country, where it serves as an appetizer, breakfast, or an accompaniment for the main meal.
Why you'll love this Mexican sopes recipe
- You can be creative both when it comes to filling and cooking, and the combinations are virtually limitless
- All of your favorite Mexican dish flavors in one meal!
- corn masa harina
- ground beef
- taco seasoning
- refried beans
- cherry tomatoes
- avocados; diced
- queso fresco; crumbled
- vegetable oil for frying
- salsa for topping
How do you make Mexican sopes from scratch
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together corn flour masa and warm water. Add a little water at a time while mixing with your hands. The dough should not be sticky. More like a bread dough texture.
Divide the dough into equal sized small balls. Take piece of the dough with water on your hands and make small circular patties using your palms. Then pinch the edges to make a bowl shape.
You can also use a tortilla press to make the patties.
Heat oil to 350 degrees F. Use a food thermometer for checking the oil. Place the sope dough bowl side down into the and oil fry about 2 minutes or until a light golden color. Flip and do the same for the opposite side. Remove from the oil and set on a plate lined with paper towels.
Pan fry the ground beef in a cast iron skillet or hot griddle on medium-high heat until browned. I love to get my beef from ButcherBox where I get 100% grass-fed beef; free-range organic chicken; heritage-breed pork, wild-caught seafood, and more directly to my door. Another yummy recipe we made with ground beef is Texas Toast Sloppy Joes.
Add in taco seasoning. Stir well. Heat refried beans in a microwave safe bowl.
Take the sope and place some refried beans on it. Then add the ground beef mixture.
Top with lettuce, queso fresco, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and salsa.
What I love the most about this homemade sopes recipe is how they are crunchy on the outside and filled with tasty beef and toppings on the inside. Satisfy a craving for Mexican food with this Mexican sopes recipe.
Mexican Sopes Recipe
- In a medium bowl, mix together corn masa and warm water. Add a little water at a time while mixing with your hands. The dough should not be sticky. More like a bread dough texture.
- Divide the dough into equal sized small balls. Take piece of the dough with water on your hands and make small circular patties using your palms. Then pinch the edges to make a bowl shape.
- Heat oil to 350 degrees F. Use a food thermometer for checking the oil. Place the sope dough bowl side down into the oil and fry for about 2 minutes or until light golden color. Flip and do the same for the opposite side. Remove from oil and set on a plate.
- Cook ground beef in a skillet until browned. Add in taco seasoning. Stir well. Heat beans in a microwave safe bowl.
- Take the sope and place some beans on it. Add the ground beef.
- Top with lettuce, queso fresco, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and salsa.
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
You don't want to store assembled sopes. You can store the corn patty and the toppings separately. You can store each ingredient in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
You can use chopped up chorizo, ground turkey or shredded chicken.
Pico de gallo, salsa verde, guacamole, cilantro, sour cream, Mexican crema, and lime.