Savory Sopapillas: A Southwestern Delicacy


Experience the magic of the Southwest with these Savory Sopapillas. Traditionally known for their sweetness, this savory twist on sopapillas brings a delightful combination of fluffy, pillowy pastry filled with a spicy and hearty mixture. Perfect as an appetizer or a unique side dish, these sopapillas are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Savory Sopapillas: A Southwestern Delicacy

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes (plus 1 hour for dough resting)
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 12 sopapillas
  • Serving Size: 1 sopapilla



  • 500 grams (17.6 ounces or 4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 10 grams (2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 5 grams (1 teaspoon) salt
  • 60 ml (2 ounces or 1/4 cup) vegetable oil
  • 240 ml (8 ounces or 1 cup) warm water


  • 200 grams (7 ounces) ground beef or pork
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • Oil for frying

Method of Preparation

  1. For the dough, mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add vegetable oil and warm water, stirring to form a soft dough. Knead for 5 minutes, then cover and let rest for 1 hour.
  2. For the filling, cook the ground meat, onion, and garlic in a skillet over medium heat until the meat is browned. Stir in chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Set aside to cool.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into squares or circles.
  4. Place a spoonful of the meat mixture and a sprinkle of cheese in the center of each dough piece. Fold and seal the edges.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 180°C (350°F). Fry the sopapillas in batches until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the dough is not too thick to achieve the perfect puffiness.
  • Keep the oil at a consistent temperature for even frying.
  • Serve with salsa or sour cream for added flavor.


  • Can I make sopapillas in advance? It's best to eat them fresh, but you can prepare the dough and filling ahead of time.
  • Can I bake these sopapillas instead of frying? Yes, though they won't be as puffy. Bake at 200°C (400°F) for 10-12 minutes.
  • What vegetarian filling can I use? Try a mix of beans, corn, and cheese for a vegetarian option.