How to Make Sopapillas From Scratch





Introduction: How to Make Sopapillas From Scratch

Sopapillas are a menu item in almost every New Mexican restaurant across the state. They are a fried bread usually a dessert smothered in honey and butter. They are also served as an entree stuffed with refried beans, meats, cheese, onions and peppers. I read where in the US they originated in Albuquerque in the late 18th century. This tutorial will show you how to make them. I will be making the traditional dessert sopapilla with options of honey, cinnamon or powdered sugar. I like them with the powdered sugar because they aren't too sweet but my husband likes them with honey. If you wish to wow your dinner guest you just can't go wrong with this delicious pastry.

It is interesting to discover that sopapillas are a chemical reaction by yeast converting sugars into CO2.

Step 1: Ingredients


  • Active dry yeast
  • Melted butter
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey

Step 2: Utensils

Kitchen Utensils:

  • Rolling pen
  • Bowl
  • Dry measuring cup
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tongs
  • Pastry blender
  • Knife not shown

Step 3: Sopapilla Recipe:

  • 1 Package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 Cups warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Honey
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Step 4: Measuring Dry Ingredients

  • Measure the dry ingredients.
  • Combine the flour and salt.
  • Set aside.

Step 5: Mixing the Cinnamon Sugar

The cinnamon and sugar:
  • Measure 1/4 cup of white sugar and add:
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon.
  • Mix well.
For the powdered sugar coating:
  • Measure 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.
Set aside the sugar mixtures until ready to use.
  • Set aside a small dipping bowl of honey if desired.

Step 6: Measuring Wet Ingredients

  • Mix the yeast with the warm water and let it sit for five minutes.
  • Add the butter and 1 Tablespoon sugar to the yeast/water mixture and let it set 5 minutes.

Step 7: Adding the Wet and Dry Ingredients

  • Slowly add to the flour and salt.
  • Knead for two minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.

Step 8: Let It Rise

  • Rise in a covered, greased bowl for one hour or until dough is doubled in size.
  • After dough has risen, punch it down.

Step 9: Rolling It Out

Shaping the dough:
  • On a floured surface, roll it out into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.
  • Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut out 3 inch squares, and then cut squares on the diagonal into triangles.

Step 10: Frying the Sopapillas

  • Heat up three inches of oil in a big pot to 375 degrees.
  • Fry a few triangles of dough at a time in the oil for one minute on each side. The dough should puff when it hits the oil.
  • Lay fried sopapillas on some paper towels to absorb the oil. I used coffee filters because I don't usually buy paper towels.

Step 11: Adding Sugar

  • Drain, and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or roll them in the sugar mixture.
  • Serve hot with honey if desired.
  • Makes about 18 sopapillas.

Step 12: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

This was a superb recipe. I was very happy with the results and the extra time to allow it to rise was well worth the wait! I almost forgot how delicious they were! Again my husband liked the honey and cinnamon ones best and I liked the powdered sugar. I don't know why but I have discovered men seem to like things a little sweeter. I made these a few years ago and this recipe was much better.

I used a couple of different sizes of cookie cutters to see if they would still puff up and wow! I loved the way they turned out! A perfect idea for the upcoming holidays!

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    Thongs are definitely more exciting, but less apt to get burned using tongs!

    Thanks for the comment. I always appreciate a little humor when pointing out a necessary correction. Have a great day~

    Maybe this will upload now, the honey is from SD, a beekeeper brings his bees to Sulphur Springs, Tx down the road from us, and we buy his wonderful stuff. After we had the wonderful sopapillas in San Luis, I came home & ordered these 2 little pitchers from Thanks for the memories and the recipe, I'm through searching!


    Beautiful picture! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and the beautiful story! How precious! So happy you found a great recipe to try! Have a splendorous night!

    thank you so much, your instructables are awesome!!

    I embrace your compliment, thanks!

    thank you Sunshiine my hubby said vote for you! I tried to upload a photo for you but it wouldn't let me :( I will try to send you a pic some other way. This is a much better recipe than the other 2 I tried. I mixed cinnamon w my honey & warmed it together. Delicious! We thought we were in San Luis for a moment! lol

    Thank you for sharing this comment! I will try it with cinnamon and honey!

    trying this tonight!!!!!! we do mission work in Mex and it is hard to find anything comparable in North Texas-
    also ate the best we had ever found 2 yrs ago at a little Mexican restaurant in San Luis, Colorado when we visited the Stations of the Cross. They were irregular-shaped and came with little ceramic pitchers of warm honey & melted REAL butter- wonder if that place is still there. It is such a small town I'm sure that was the only Mex place. Actually maybe the only restaurant lol

    Thanks so much for trying it out! Have a splendid week!