Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe comes from the Food Network. The recipe is a favorite throughout South America. Some regions serve these as dessert, but they can also fried until puffy and served as a side dish, like a bread serving, which the extras would then later be sprinkled with cinnamon/sugar or honey and served as a dessert (depending on regional preferences). The sopapillas we had for dessert recently at a Mexican restaurant included the cinnamon/sugar dusting on cooled sopapillas which were then topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a touch of strawberry sauce drizzled over the whipped cream. It was delicious! Prep time does not include chilling time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the shortening and water, work them in with your hands to make a soft, pliable dough. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough feels too dry. Gather the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Put the dough in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour so it will firm up a bit and be easier to roll and cut. (Dough can be prepared 1 day ahead, refrigerated.).
  2. Unwrap the ball of dough and put on a lightly floured surface, cut in half. With a floured rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into a circle, about 1/4-inch thickness. Using a paring knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into triangles as you would a pizza. You should end up with 6 or 8 triangles per circle.
  3. Heat 2-inches of oil to 375° in a heavy skillet or deep pot over medium-high heat. (Reduce the temperature to 350° if you prefer a less crispy sopapilla.).
  4. Fry a few of the sopapillas at a time, keeping an eye on maintaining the oil temperature. As the sopapillas puff up and rise to the surface, flip them over with a slotted spoon, skimmer, or chopsticks; about 2 minutes on each side. Carefully remove the sopapillas from the oil and drain on several layers of paper towels or a brown paper bag. Cool slightly.
  5. Serve hot with cinnamon sugar or honey.
  6. Serving Option: If desired, let sopapillas cool, then pipe whipped cream in the center of each sopapilla triangle, and use a spoon to drizzle a bit of strawberry sauce over the whipped cream.
Most Helpful

Yummy! I halved the recipe in order to have just enough for 2 people, and used coconut oil to fry. It made me feel like I was being some what healthy.

lmeastlack September 28, 2015

I had sopapillas in New Mexico recently and craved them when I got home. I found your recipe and made them. I actually made the dough in food processor which was awesome and easy. I refrigerated it for several hours and made them after dinner. I actually went and bought a small fryer from walmart just to make these. They were so awesome. I sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on top and they were so good. They were like a big fluffy doughnut. Everyone enjoyed them. This recipe is a keeper, thanks!!

JeannieG September 03, 2013

Oh wow...these were wonderful!! When we lived in El Paso, TX many years ago, we would frequent a restaurant that had the best sopapillas. Since moving away, we were always in search of a restaurant with sopapillas that were as such luck. Well, now I can make them at home whenever we are in the mood for them. Thank you for sharing this delicious, quick, and easy is definitely a keeper!
**Made for ZWT 8 Mexico/ Tex Mex "Remember the Alamo Challenge"**

Bayhill August 12, 2012