In this culinary episode, we make a fantastic Mexican appetizer from the Lol-Ha Restaurant in Akumal, Mexico to serve on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to welcome in the year. While a Sope is a very traditional Mexican dish that is served at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, in this case, we are making a recipe for a yummy appetizer.
Basically, a sope is similar to a very thick tortilla. It is made with “masa” and water and formed into a flat “tortilla” with the sides lifted up (see video). It is typically covered with mashed beans, then you can add whatever additional toppings you like such as meat, cheese, and fresh vegetables. You can add whatever you would like as a topping.
Below is a recipe for how you make the sopes base. You can see by the video that after you add beans to the top, you can put whatever meat, vegetable, sauce, or cheese you would like – it is totally up to you.
My favorite topping is beans, chicken, lettuce, avocado, and red sauce. What is yours? Fix it and let me know!!
HOW TO MAKE THE SOPES “TORTILLA”
- Dry masa (blue corn or standard)
- Canola oil or lard
- Mix the dry masa harina with water until the masa is a smooth paste.
- Roll the masa into walnut sized balls.
- Flatten each ball by hand so it is about 1/4-inch thick.
- Place the flat corn patty on an iron skillet or griddle on medium-high heat.
- Cook both sides until the surface is lightly browned.
- When it is warmed through and lightly browned, pull off the heat and grip the sides of the little tortilla, pulling the sides up and pinching them (as we demonstrate in the above video).
- Heat the griddle again to medium-high. Add a light coating of canola oil (or lard). When the oil is hot, gently place the sopes into the oil, add the beans and warm fillings, cooking until everything is warm and the bottom is golden brown.
- Remove the sopes and top (or allow your guests to top) with your favorite toppings like vegetables, avocado, cheese, salsas, and sauces.
Happy New Year and enjoy this fun sope appetizer. DELICIOUS!!
*Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am noting that the Mayan Riviera Tourism, Hotel Akumal Caribe, Villa Akumal, and Akumal Guide Mexicarte sponsored this experience. I was not told what to document or how to document the experience, we were simply asked to attend and film – anything expressed in posts related to the activities is my own opinion expressed from my own personal experience.