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Tacos de Sope Recipe

Tacos de Sope is a type of taco that is made with a thick, fried masa cake that is topped with various ingredients, such as meat, beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsa. The masa cake is similar to a thick corn tortilla and is made from masa harina, water, salt, and oil. Once the masa cake is fried, it is topped with various fillings and garnishes, such as shredded chicken, refried beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsa. 

Tacos de Sope is a popular dish in Mexican cuisine and is often served as a hearty and filling meal. The exact ingredients used in Tacos de Sope can vary depending on the recipe and the region of Mexico, but they typically include masa, water, salt, oil, and various fillings and toppings

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Those who love hearty meals, fans of customizable dishes, and anyone eager to explore Mexican culinary traditions.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 30 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 350-400 calories per serving, rich in fiber and protein.

About this Recipe

Sopes are a traditional Mexican dish that hail from the central and southern parts of Mexico. The corn dough, or masa, is shaped into small, thick discs and then fried or grilled. These become the base for a wide array of toppings, from meats to veggies and salsas.

Equipment Required

  • Griddle or non-stick skillet
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spatula
  • Frying pan


  • Masa harina: 2 cups
  • Warm water: 1.25 cups
  • Ground meat (beef, chicken, or pork): 1 lb
  • Lettuce: 1 cup, shredded
  • Tomatoes: 1 cup, diced
  • Cheese (queso fresco or crumbled feta): 1 cup
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Optional: salsa, sour cream, guacamole


  1. Make the Masa: In a mixing bowl, combine masa harina, warm water, and salt. Knead until a dough forms.
  2. Shape Sopes: Take small portions of the dough and shape them into thick, small discs with pinched edges.
  3. Cook the Bases: Heat a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook the sopes for 2-3 minutes per side or until they are lightly browned.
  4. Prepare the Meat: In a frying pan, cook the ground meat with a tablespoon of oil until fully cooked. Season as desired.
  5. Assemble Sopes: Place a generous amount of meat on each sope base. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.
  6. Add Toppings: Finish with a dollop of salsa, sour cream, or guacamole if desired.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Charro beans
  • Fresh fruit or fruit-based salsas

Storage Options

  • Store the sope bases and meat separately in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reassemble and reheat on a griddle or skillet when ready to eat.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Refried beans can replace or accompany the meat for a vegetarian option.
  • Cornmeal can be used if masa harina is unavailable, though the texture may differ.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Tlayudas: Large, crispy Oaxacan tortillas with various toppings.
  • Tacos de Gorditas: Similar to Sopes but with a pocket filled with meat or beans.
  • Tacos al Pastor: Tacos with marinated pork and pineapple slices.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page.


Tacos de Sope are a hearty and satisfying dish that bring a different texture and form to the taco family. The thick, chewy base makes for a filling meal, and the variety of toppings allow for endless customization. If you’re looking to venture beyond the usual taco fare, give Sopes a try. Happy cooking!