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


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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


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

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

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