Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 55 mins

The puffed pillow of fried bread called the sopaipilla was thought to be “invented” in Albuquerque over 200 years ago. A good thing made even better when stuffed with a wonderful bean and green chile sauce mixture. Another lovely recipe I am dying to try from Bueno's website. Sopaipillas and chile? YUM, say it isnt so! Makes eight 12oz servings according to their website listing. :) Can't wait to find out - now off to locate the mix! ***PLEASE NOTE that the Bueno sopaipilla mix and green chile sauce are not recognized on Zaar, so please be sure that is what you are using, not just any baking mix or plain green chile. It will not be the same. ;)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix sopaipilla mix, oil and water together to make a smooth dough; Let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a non-stick skillet, warm the beans and 1 ½ cups of Green Chile Sauce over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes or until excess moisture evaporates.
  3. Stir in salt and garlic. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, mashing beans.
  4. Roll out sopaipilla dough. Cut into 8 squares. Heat shortening over medium heat. Place a square of dough one at a time in hot oil.
  5. Fry until golden brown on each side.
  6. Split two seams of each sopaipilla with a paring knife; Stuff with bean mixture.
  7. Garnish with remainder of heated green chile sauce, tomato and cheese.
  8. Enjoy! ;).
Most Helpful

I didn't find the green chili sauce called in this recipe, so I used green chili enchilada sauce instead. For the bean mixture, I added a few drops of chili habanero sauce for an extra kick. Did everything else according to the recipe. It was very good.

SharonChen April 12, 2016

A friend used to live in New Mexico and made these for me once. I absolutely loved them! She didn't use a mix for the sopapilla, what she did was make a pie crust with 2 tsp of baking powder in it for lift. Cooked them in the Crisco and they puffed up fine! She said she altered the fillings to what she had available (meat, veg, bean). Thanks for reminding me of these!

Tiny kitchen, big chef June 13, 2008