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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mexican Sopes

We are somewhat sadly home after our week in paradise via Cabo San Lucas Mexico. We figured out this was our 10th visit to this exact spot. Yeah, we are not very adventurous evidently. But 1) that's not what we desire for our Spring Break, we want relaxation and rejuvenation. 2) We were determined when we got sucked into the time-share thing that we would use to just relax each year and we are glad that we are putting it to good use.

After our first few visits we figured out we needed to eat as many breakfasts and lunches not at the resort as possible otherwise it is a really expensive week. Those stories about Mexico being inexpensive have never made sense to us.

Sopes have become one of our favorite Cabo lunches. Really pretty simple and quick to throw together but absolutely wonderful.

We buy pre-made sope formed shells in the Mexican Mercado in town which helps make them super quick and easy to make. 

A sope is a traditional Mexican dish made with thick masa, think=thick homemade tortilla. 

Traditionally the masa is fried. We skip that part and just heat them up in a pan on the stove top.

We fill them with heated refried beans, topped with shredded chicken mixed with onion, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice. When then add a little drizzle of salsa, shredded cheese and heat them in the microwave before adding homemade guacamole, sour cream, cilantro and sliced jalapeño. 

The great thing about sopes is that really you could fill them with any toppings you like. Traditionally they always include beans and often some sort of meat as well. They are truly are favorite while we are there. We've tried to find pre-made sope shells at home in Mexican markets but have had no luck. We did make our own masa once and made them for a dinner party but it was ton of work and for some reason nothing tastes as good as it does in Mexico.

And they are so quick to throw together that you can right back out to paradise in no time at all.


Mexican Sopes (makes 4 sopes)
4 premade sope masa shells
1/2 cup heated refried beans
1 cup mixture of cooked, shredded chicken mixed with chopped onion, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice
Handfull of shredded cheese
4 Tblspns homemade guacamole
2 Tblspns sour cream
chopped cilantro
Sliced jalapeño 

Heat sope shells on stove top until warm &  browned slightly. Divide refried beans, chicken and shredded cheese amongst 4 shells. Place sopes in microwave to melt cheese (approximately 1 minute depending on your microwave.)

Top with guacamole, sour cream, cilantro and sliced jalapeños. Enjoy!


  1. Those sopes are yummy! When we went to Mexico 3 years ago (wow has it been that long??? time to fix that!) our chef that came to the house made them for breakfast one morning and we could not get enough of them.. maybe because everything was made fresh - the tortillas, the beans, the guac... oh yeah.. I miss those things.

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