Baking · Desserts

Sorta Sopapilla

Sopapilla [soh-pi-PEE-yuh] is a traditional Mexican dessert. It’s a crisp, puffy, deep-fried pastry often served with honey or syrup. For our family fiesta tonight, I’m making our totally non-authentic version of this amazing treat. My mom has been making these for years and we all absolutely love them. Instead of using an actual sweet dough, we use basic flour tortillas cut into wedges. They take a dunk in hot oil, get a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and then are served up with strawberry jam, honey and fresh whipped cream. (insert satisfied sigh) Sooooooooo delicious.


Sorta Sopapilla


Sorta Sopapilla

10 flour tortillas, cut into wedges
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)

Combine sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Heat oil in a skillet (about an inch or so of oil) until hot enough to fry. Or use a fry-daddy like I do. Drop 4-5 tortilla wedges into the oil and fry until golden brown, flipping once with a frying spoon – 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. Remove with frying spoon to a double paper towel lined plate. Immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Repeat with remaining tortilla wedges. Serve with fresh whipped cream, honey and strawberry jam. I heat up the jam and honey a little in the microwave to make it perfect drizzling consistency.

Homemade Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

In a large bowl (put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes first), whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.


4 thoughts on “Sorta Sopapilla

  1. I just made this but heated up some Nutella to dip it in. I currently can’t move!!!! 🙂 thank you

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