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Stuffed Sopapillas

Raven Higheagle


I think lots of folks hold the misconception that Mexican food is difficult to prepare. Nothing could be further than the truth!
Mexican food is about simple ingredients that pack a big flavor punch. Spice, spice, and more spice. And while not every dish needs to be spicy, I tend to lean in that direction. I like that good, good burn.
Most people think “sweet” when they think of sopapillas. I mean, what’s better than fresh sopapillas (puffy, fried dough) drizzled in honey?
I decided to take this dish in a savory direction. These stuffed sopapillas are filled with traditional taco fillings.


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Makes 4 Large Sopapillas
1 Hr 15 Min
10 Min
Stove Top



  • 2 1/4 Tbsp
    active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 c
    lukewarm water
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • ·
    oil for frying

  • 1 lb
    cooked taco meat

How to Make Stuffed Sopapillas


  1. Mix the yeast and the warm water and allow the yeast to bloom for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the flour and salt in a stand mixer.
  3. Add the butter and sugar to the yeast/water mixture and then add the entire mixture to the flour.
  4. Knead in the stand mixer using a dough hook for 2 minutes, or until the dough comes together and is elastic.
  5. Allow the dough to rise in the bowl of the stand mixer (covered) for one hour, or until it has doubled in bulk.
  6. After the dough has risen, punch it down and remove it from the bowl. Roll the dough out into a rectangle that is 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Cut the sopapillas into your desired shapes and sizes using a pizza cutter (I made triangles). You can vary your sizes, using large sopapillas for stuffed sopapillas and smaller for dessert sopapillas (I made 4 large and 8 small).
  8. Heat one inch of oil in a large skillet. Once hot, fry the sopapillas on both sides for one minute each.
  9. Remove the sopapillas to a plate lined with paper towels for draining.
  10. Once sopapillas have drained you can tear them open to reveal the inner “pocket” and stuff them with your desired filling.
  11. Other toppings can include:

    Shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, chopped onion, black olives, jalapeno slices, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa

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