When it comes to making healthy Mexican recipes, I think world of sopes often goes overlooked. They don’t have the hype of tacos but these toasty little gluten-free shells with the soft interiors have lots to love and are actually pretty easy to make at home.
What Are Sopes?
Sopes are made from the same dough as corn tortillas—a simple mixture of masa harina and water—but formed into a thicker round with a handy little rim that makes them sturdier and able to take on all kinds of toppings.
They are the perfect party food—they can be eaten one-handed and their open-faced nature means you can pile them high with everything from vegetable ceviche to melted cheese.
How To Make Sopes
I wouldn’t count myself among the best Mexican food blogs if I didn’t tell you how to make them at home! Keep in mind you can make them as big or as small as you’d like. Miniature versions make great little bites for parties and larger versions (like this recipe) serve as good main course food.
Mexican sopes are actually way easier than making homemade corn tortillas. You don’t need a tortilla press and they are thicker which means the chances of them ripping are less likely. Just form the masa into thick rounds and toast on a dry, hot comal until cooked on both sides.
While they are still warm, pinch the sides of the sopes with your fingers to create a little rim. Then flatten the middle so it makes a nice, even base. Now you’re ready to fill!
Tell Me More About That Carne Asada
Typically beans are the base for these sopes de asada but I wanted to keep these a bit lighter with grilled slices of succulent carne asada (or grilled steak), lots of crunchy vegetables, and a sprinkling of cheese.
The grilled steak is our family’s go-to Carne Asada recipe which is a simple marinade of beer, garlic, and lime. It’s perfect for tenderizing pieces of flank steak which can be on the chewier side—but with tons of flavor.
If red meat isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Mexican food recipes with pictures is my specialty so feast your eyes on these other ideas for toppings:
If you give it a try, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear how it goes. Happy Cooking!