Sopes

What the heck is a sope, anyway? (pronounced so-pay)  Ever since moving to California, I’ve seen sopes on taqueria menus alongside burritos and tacos.  Upon inquiring multiple times, the best description I could get was that “they’re kind of like a thick corn tortilla”.  Not to mention that Mexican soups are called sopas, so I was quite confused.

…Until I went to our corner Mexican market the other day to buy soft taco supplies, and lo and behold, there was a package of sopes next to the fresh tortillas.  Sopes it was!

And really, they are kinda just like thick corn tortillas.  The ones I bought had ridges too, to hold the filling in perfectly.  The preparation instructions were to fry them, but I baked them to save on calories and it was fine.  My toppings were homemade refried beans, sauteed zucchini, and avocado-grapefruit salsa.  To round out the meal, I also had cucumber slices, radishes and grilled sweet plantains.  I will definitely try sopes again, and I think they’d be great with shredded vegan cheddar cheese.

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23 Comments »

  1. Mihl said

    I made sopes for the first time while testing for Terry. How awesome you can buy them pre-made!

    • veganhomemade said

      Mihl – It’s the lazy person’s sope, which is perfect for me 🙂

  2. Megan said

    YUMMMM! That salsa sounds yummy!

  3. Mom said

    That looks really good! So, how do you eat them??

    • veganhomemade said

      Just like a tostada. They’re better than tostadas, I think, because they don’t fall apart and they have ridges to hold your toppings on!

  4. I’ve never heard of sopes before, but wish I did. Your dish looks really tasty and summer-like =)

    Does that mean that you are feeling better and that your Bell’s palsy is gone? I hope so!

    • veganhomemade said

      I am feeling better, thanks so much for asking! I’ve been getting better gradually for about a month, and I’m probably at 95% well.

  5. Sonia said

    Those look fabulous! I bet I could find them in TX, right?
    Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

    • veganhomemade said

      If I can find ’em in CA, you can find ’em in TX!

  6. Michelle said

    Hey there! I just found your blog and i’m so impressed with the beautiful foods that you make at home. Thank you for sharing such creative dishes for us to eat with our eyes! hehe

  7. jessy said

    i’ve never seen or even heard of sopes, Erin – they’re too awesome and something i’m gonna have to check out! so awesome that they baked up well – and i love your plate! homemade refried beans are the BEST! i love the sound of your avocado-grapefruit salsa, too! wow!

    • veganhomemade said

      Thanks Jessy! Sopes would be great for gluten-free too, like a thick taco or tostada 🙂

  8. Sarah said

    I’ve just found your great blog. Love the food pics and design. x

  9. Melisser said

    Ooh, I like them with ridges. I’ve made them from Viva Vegan!

  10. sweetie said

    hiya! i made 2 entrees from your blog yesterday and today. i absolutely love your style of cooking. i’m serving the entrees tomorrow and i’ll let you know how it goes.

    thanks so much for posting your recipes freely & generously!

    • veganhomemade said

      I’d love to hear what you made and how it turned out!

  11. Looks like a delicious and easy hot summer day recipe!

  12. Sopes are totally new to me, but they do sound fantastic! Thanks for introducing me to a new food. 🙂

  13. chow vegan said

    Never heard of sopes before but they sure do look good! Now, I’ll have to track some down. 🙂

    • veganhomemade said

      I recommend them! If you can’t find ’em you can make ’em, I think there’s a recipe in Viva Vegan, or I’m sure there are some on the internet too.

  14. rachel said

    oooh! muy bien 🙂

  15. Billie said

    looks delicious! I love sopes!

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