These sopes are crispy on the outside, soft in the middle, and loaded with toppings!

Easy Sopes [Vegan]

Serves

9

Cooking Time

40

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Ingredients

For the Sopes:

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 recipe refried beans

To Serve (optional):

  • Neutral oil for frying
  • Vegan queso fresco
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Avocado cubes
  • Salsa fresca
  • Vegan Mexican crema
  • Pickled jalapeños
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Preparation

For the Dough:

  1. Add the masa harina and salt to a mixing bowl and combine. Then, add in 1 1/2 cups of warm water to start and mix together using your hands.
  2. Begin kneading the dough to form a ball that's sticky enough to stay together, but not coming off on your hands. Keep mixing and pressing with your palm for a few minutes.
  3. If the dough appears too crumbly, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you are able to form a texture similar to play-dough. If it becomes too sticky, add in a little more masa harina.

For Rolling:

Next, start breaking off pieces of the masa dough to form small balls (about 60-65g each, or the size of a golf ball). Roll each piece of dough in between your palms until smooth. You should get about 9-10 sopes out of this recipe. Cover all the dough balls with a tea towel on your counter or cutting board.

For Pressing:

  1. If you have a tortilla press, cut a zip lock bag into 2 pieces that will fit into the press (one for each side of the sope).
  2. Open the press and place a ball of dough in the center on a piece of plastic. Place the other plastic piece on top and close the press down quite gently to form thick tortillas (about 1/4 -inch).
  3. If you don't have a tortilla press, place your ball of dough between the same 2 pieces of plastic on your counter. Press the dough down with the bottom of a baking dish or flat plate until it's about ¼-inch thick

For Cooking:

  1. Preheat a cast-iron skillet for 8-10 minutes up to medium-low or medium (medium-low works best). Then, add a sope in and cook on the first side for 60-70 seconds. Flip and cook for another 60-90 seconds, or until brown spots are forming (70 seconds on the first side and 80 seconds on the second works best).
  2. Remove from heat and let the first sope rest while you add in the next sope. After about 30-60 seconds, pull a little dough from the inner portion of the cooked sope and pinch it out to the edge with your thumb and index finger to form a ridge all the way around.
  3. Cover the sope with a tea towel, and repeat this process until all are cooked.

To Serve:

  1. Heat about 1/4 cup of neutral oil in the same cast-iron skillet over medium-low or medium (depending on your stove). Fry each sope on both sides for about 20-30 seconds, or until they appear a light golden color. Remove from heat and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to get rid of any excess oil.
  2. Serve your sopes with a layer of refried beans on the bottom. Top them with any of the following: salsa fresca, avocado cubes, vegan queso fresco, vegan Mexican crema, cilantro, lime, or hot sauce. Enjoy!
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Notes

1 g = 1 mL of water While frying the sopes in oil isn't necessary, we think it crisps them up perfectly to compliment the creamy refried beans and other garnishes.

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