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.