Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 mins

If oil is the right temperature, sopapillas will puff up. We like to make with chili or stew. You can also shake them in a bag with cinnamon/sugar and make something that tastes like a churro.


  1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut shortening in until mixture is a rough texture.
  3. Gradually add warm water.
  4. Mix to form dough.
  5. Knead until smooth.
  6. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes (this will make it easier to roll out).
  7. Start oil heating (desired temp is 375° - 400°).
  8. On a lightly floured board, roll dough thin (between 1/4 and 1/8 inch).
  9. Cut into 3 inch squares.
  10. Fry a few at a time, turning when golden and puffed up.
  11. Drain on paper towels.
  12. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and tossed these in 1/3c powdered sugar with a teaspoon (heaping) of cinnamon after they were done. These were easy, awesome and very tasty.

~*Sarah*~ April 25, 2014

So delicious and tasty. I have impressed my friends with these many times! Thanks so much!

Aggee1010 July 02, 2010

OMG! I use to live in AZ, and we would get these in our favorite restaurant. They are SO great! The trick is definitely having the oil hot enough, and rolling thin.

sixbadboyspa May 29, 2010