Easy Mexican Sopapilla Recipe
When I was a kid my dad had two favorite restaurants that he always took me to. One was a Japanese restaurant that he had an amazing deal with. He designed all of their menus and printing materials and in return he got FREE sushi. No matter how many people he took there or how often he came, everything was free. So as you can imagine we ate there A LOT.
The other restaurant he was fond of served Mexican food. I’m not sure if he did work for them too but I know everyone including the owner knew him. It was a pleasure to always be warmly greeted and made welcome by all of the staff.
For dessert, they would often bring out piping hot sopapillas. Sopapillas are a fried pastry that can either be served with honey and powdered sugar for dessert or filled with a savory ground beef mixture for dinner. I, of course, opted to make the dessert version so I could reminisce about my childhood.
I topped my Easy Homemade Sopapillas with UpNature Raw Organic Honey. This honey is unprocessed which means it wasn’t ever heated, filtered, or pasteurized to keep everything as natural as possible. It’s organic too with no extra chemicals or additives added. It is nice and thick and tastes amazing. Drizzling this creamy, golden honey on my freshly fried sopapillas was a delight to all my senses. I wanted to shove it directly into my mouth. Sadly, guilty as charged!
Easy Homemade Sopapillas Tips
- They also taste great with cinnamon sugar!
- Make sure your baking powder and shortening aren’t expired.
Easy Homemade Sopapillas
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp vegetable shortening
- 1.5 cups warm water
- oil for frying
- powdered sugar
- In a deep fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in shortening and water. Continue mixing by hand until dough is smooth. Cover bowl with a warm cloth and let side for 20 minutes.
- On a floured surface, roll out dough until extremely thin or about 1/8 inch thick. The thinner the better. Cut into three-inch size squares or triangles. Or use a three-inch cookie cutter like I did.
- Frying only a couple at a time; fry each side about two minutes or until golden. Drain. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with honey. Serve hot. Enjoy!