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Mexican Sopapillas Recipe

Updated on February 18, 2011

Sopapillas are fun to make and eat!

Mexican Sopapillas Recipe
I have spent several years cooking in a Mexican restaurant. I must have cooked a million sopapillas in those years. I am proud to share this recipe we used to make our Mexican Sopapillas. These Sopapillas come out of the oil nice and golden and fluffy! Great with honey or maple syrup and powdered sugar sprinkled on top! Mexican sopapillas recipe your whole family will love! Sopapillas. How To Make Mexican Sopapillas, Southwest Sopapillas.

Easy Mexican Sopapillas Recipe

This is a very easy recipe for Mexican Sopapillas

Mexican Sopapillas are very easy to make using basic ingredients most people already have in their homes. The following recipe for Mexican Sopapillas is very quick to make and the kids will have a great time if you let them help! Sprinkle the Mexican Sopapillas with some powdered sugar and drizzle some honey on them and you have a great tasting dessert that is quick and easy to make!

Mexican Sopapillas Recipe Ingredients

~ 1 pkg. dry yeast

~ 1/4 c. lukewarm water

~ 3/4 c. milk

~ 6 tbsp. sugar

~ 1 tsp. salt

~ 2 tbsp. butter

~ 1 egg, beaten

~ 3 c. flour

~ Approximately 2 inches of vegetable cooking oil

How to cook Mexican Sopapillas

Easy to follow directions for cooking Mexican Sopapillas

How to cook Mexican Sopapillas

Soften yeast in lukewarm water. Set aside.

Combine milk, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in butter. Allow to cool until lukewarm.

Stir in beaten egg and yeast mixture. Gradually add flour.

Work with hands if mixture becomes too thick to stir. Cover dough with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Punch down, turn out onto a lightly floured board, knead briefly until dough is smooth.

Cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Roll to about 1/2 inch thick square and cut with a 2 inch cookie cutter.

Heat oil to 350°F.

Cook sopapillas a few at a time, browning on one side, and turning only once. They will puff up.

Drain on absorbent paper and serve with powdered sugar sprinkle.

Hope you enjoy this Mexican Sopapillas Recipe

Mexican Sopapillas Cooking Video - Learn how to make sopapillas with this video!

This quick and easy video will show you an easy way to make your own sopapillas!

Cooking tips for Mexican Sopapillas

Mexican Sopapillas originated from the Indian Fry Bread

For sopapillas, they either puff, or they don't puff. Their puff is what makes it a sopapilla - but don't despair as both can be eaten. If your sopapillas are not puffing properly, the temperature of the oil may need to be increased or decreased. Environmental changes in temperature and altitude can make setting the temperature tricky at times.

Using a slotted spoon, turn the sopapilla over to brown the other side. Sometimes this can be difficult, as the sopapilla will want to stay on the side it was on. A little coaxing with your slotted spatula will help this. Hold it for only a moment, and it will adjust to the side it is on.

Sopapillas can be kept warm in a 200 degree F. oven for up to 1 hour. They refrigerate well and can be reheated in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Mexican Sopapillas

are like Mexican Donuts! Sprinkle them with powered sugar and add honey!

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      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Charo, You are correct, Im a native to New Mexico in the city of Albuquerque. It bugged me a bit that Sopapillas are labeled as Mexican, living in the state of NM others are confused as if we are part of the United States and easily mistaken us as being part of Mexico (ugh!) Sopapillas are a shared recipe between native New Mexican's and the Indian Tribes that surround New Mexico. I am proud to live here but hate when people mistaken us to be Mexican American's.

    • maplesyrup59 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: True, they did not originate there but have been adapted into the Mexican/American (especially New Mexico) tradition similar to the notion that Baklava is not Greek but originated during the Ottoman empire after which other cultures created their own variations.

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      6 years ago

      Sopapillas are not Mexican at all!!!!!!

    • mrsclaus411 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, this will be really helpful!

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      6 years ago

      Mexican Sopapillas looks delicious. I am going to try to make it!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the recipe of sopapilla.

    • maplesyrup59 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @PennyHowe: de nada! I love sopapillas and actually have a similar Lebanese version which I eat with maple syrup, yum!

    • PennyHowe profile image


      6 years ago

      I love sopapillas! And now, thanks to you I have a recipe to try. They are absolutely decadent in my opinion. Muchas gracias y que tenga un buen dia.

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      6 years ago

      Oh maaan, this is another thing I have to give up, and the Mexican Restaurant near me makes such deliscious and tender sopapillas! Maybe I can try this recipe as a gluten free one.

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      6 years ago

      Delicious looking recipe!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great resources.

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      6 years ago

      I love sopapillas! My favorite so far were at a restaurant (can't remember the name) in Galveston, Texas. So warm and yummy!

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      6 years ago

      Just my humble opinion. Sopapillas are not part of the vast Mexican cuisine, even they are very common in Mexican-like restaurants, but in the USA. It may be as a result of the mix of people from everywhere who decided their origin just guessing. More likely, they are original from New Mexico, and that could be the reason of the misunderstanding.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Sopapillas were one of my favorite desserts when I was a kid. There used to be a restaurant here in Tucson that made the best!

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      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious! Great work on this lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Shana rios Chavez 

      7 years ago

      Great lens I love sopapilla. Wonderful lens lots of information.

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      Barbara Isbill 

      7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Interesting! Never heard of it, but sounds delicious.

    • VarietyWriter2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Nicely done. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      7 years ago

      i have found so many new and different recipes since joining Squidoo and this is another great one!

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      7 years ago

      these look so good to make, I love finger food items. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

    • ColorPetGifts profile image


      7 years ago

      These look delicious, thanks for sharing your Mexican cooking expertise :)

    • kerbev profile image


      7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      These are awesome! I love mexican sweets.

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      7 years ago

      Looks so delicious.

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      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      I will definitely try this soon :)

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      7 years ago

      Wow these looked so good!

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      Char Milbrett 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      looking forward to trying this

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This looks easy to make so I will try it. You just introduced me to this bread.

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      7 years ago

      never even seen these before. Ill have to try it out next time im feeling adventurous.

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      7 years ago

      They look yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      These sound yummy- going to try making some.

    • dahlia369 profile image


      7 years ago

      I love Mexican sopapillas - I just didn't know that's what they were called - until I found your lens... :)

      Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** and featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)

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      7 years ago

      Kiss Me, I'm Irish! Lucky Leprechaun Blessings by a Squidoo Angel

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      7 years ago

      I can't wait to try these! I've only come across baking powder type recipes before, not a yeast version. A favorite part of visiting my grandparents, in Albuquerque, was having sopapillas at the Mexican restaurants there! Yum!

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      7 years ago from New York

      Sounds delish! Will definitely have to try these.

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      Wendy Henderson 

      7 years ago from PA

      These look good! thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Blessed!

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      Fox Music 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the Mexican Sopapillas Recipe and this Great Lens

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      ChrisDay LM 

      8 years ago

      Going to try these SOON!

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      8 years ago

      wow, i love these things but hadn't thought of making some myself. YUM! just gotta try them!

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      8 years ago from New York

      I never heard of these, but they sound divine! Blessed!

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      Senora M 

      8 years ago

      I love sopapillas and Mexico!! Nice lens!!!

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      8 years ago

      I am hearing about this dish for the first time. In our country, India, we don't use this dishes. It is a new experience for me. Any way thanks a lot for this recipe. Thank You.

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      8 years ago

      I am hearing about this dish for the first time. In our country, India, we don't use this dishes. It is a new experience for me. Any way thanks a lot for this recipe. Thank You.

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      8 years ago

      Sopapillas are yummy, probably one of my favorite mexican recipes. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

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      8 years ago

      Sopapillas made with yeast ... that's new to me. I'm going to have to try it. The recipe I'm most familiar with is more like a thick tortilla that's deep fried. Making it with yeast and egg would yield an interesting, more donut like texture and flavor I suspect. Sounds yummy!

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      Penny Pincher G 

      8 years ago

      never had these. they sound tasty. i'll have to give them a try.

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      Johanna Eisler 

      8 years ago

      About 35 years ago, my husband and I visited an out-of-the-way restaurant in Canada, of all places, and tasted our first sopaipillas. They were made with yeast, like yours. They were UNFORGETTABLE. Ever since then, I've been looking for that recipe, but most I've found are made with baking powder. I am so thrilled to find your recipe, and I can't wait to try it. Muchas gracias!

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      8 years ago

      What a terrific talent you are! I grew up where family and all friends had the "Mexico Chiquita habit." The tastes we became accustomed to defined the way I judge Mexican food till my dying day! This mexican sopapillas recipe is very tempting! 5*/fav/roll to secret-cheese-dip

      (I'd love your opinion of it!

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are one of my favorites. Kind of like a fresh donut with ice cream - they're good. Great work!

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      Moe Wood 

      9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Never heard of them. Look tasty.

      Congratulations on the purple star award.

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      9 years ago

      Hi Thomas! You know how much I love your recipes!! This is so yummy! I'm going to feature it on my Easy Crockpot Mexican Chicken Recipe lens. I'll come back and lensroll it when my lens is featured. I just made it a couple hours ago so it's not listed yet. Have a great Holiday!!

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      9 years ago

      This looks like high-calorie fun! I'm spending the afternoon tomorrow with my ninth-grader Latina friend, maybe we'll give this a try! I'm featuring this on my fan-club thank-you lens so - thank you!

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      9 years ago

      I've never made these, but have bought them on the street in San Diego. Delicious lens!

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      I've never tried these but they look delicious and your recipe seems easy enough to follow, Thanks!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I've never heard of Mexican Sopapillas before. Thanks for continuing my culinary education! Great lens, very attractive & blessed.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      Oh, my, I haven't had sopapillas in so long! Mmmm, this takes me back. Yummy!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      I first had these in a Mexican restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I never thought about making them at home! This lens is very visually pleasing.

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love sopapillas! Great lens and you make it look so easy, not to mention yummy! Thanks for featuring me on your lens. I’m so honored!


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