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The very first class I taught at the Mexican Cultural Institute, after I switched from being a policy analyst at the Inter American Dialogue, was October 18, 2007.

I remember the date exactly, because it was a day after Sami’s 6th birthday. For months, I had been teaching him and his two brothers, Alan who was then 8 and Juju who was just 1, how to make sopes every night for at least 3 months.

I had been so nervous about teaching in front of a live audience that, instead of telling them our usual bed time story about an imaginary and mischievous monkey called Waba-Waba, I had switched to a nightly cooking demo. They were as loving and kind and patient as they are with me to this day, did not complain, and pretended to be making sopes along with me.

I started the classes at the Institute in an attempt to share my love for Mexican cuisine and culture and to try to open a much wider window into its richness, diversity and surprising accessibility. I wanted to help break misconceptions about our food and our people and invite people north of the border to make use of our ingredients, techniques and recipes to enrich their own kitchens.

The very first dish that I shared was sopes. I even found a photo of that day… and you can see Rosa and I showing how to make sopes many ways, with our hands, using a rolling pin, with a tortilla press…

Pati and Rosa making sopes at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Why did I choose sopes? To begin with, because they are one of my favorite things to eat! But also, because sopes helped me shine a light on so many crucial elements of Mexican cuisine…

Sopes are part of a category of dishes we Mexicans call antojos, or antojitos, which translates to little cravings. An antojo is something you can eat anytime of day and can either be a quick bite or make a full meal, depending on what you top them with… and how many you eat.

Sopes are made of corn masa, which is a cornerstone of Mexican cuisine that has existed for thousands of years. Made of nixtamalized corn, corn masa renders corn nutritious and versatile. You don’t need to nixtamalize corn yourself, you can buy masa harina, which simply mixed with water makes masa!

Sopes show how playful and versatile masa can be. They are similar to a tortilla, but they are much thicker, and the rim around it that helps contain its garnishes. They are like little edible plates.

Sopes are easy to make. Different from a corn tortilla, someone who is making sopes for the first time, doesn’t need to worry about knowing how to use a tortilla press, the correct thickness, or the technique for making them puff up. They are much more forgiving.

Sopes are also accessible: you can make them ahead of time, vary the toppings, assemble in a few minutes, dress them up or dress them down. I always, always, add a layer of refried beans, a tasty salsa and either tangy, salty and crumbly queso cotija or queso fresco, crumbled on top.

To boot, sopes are super fun to make by yourself or with friends or with your kids.

So as you can see, sopes helped me achieve many things: they helped me show how accessible, forgiving, fun, filling, nutritious, versatile, rich and delicious Mexican food is.

You can follow along with this video too…

To this day, I am still proudly teaching at the Institute where I am the resident chef 11 years after I started. I am also serving sopes any chance I get.

Sopes
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Makes about 12 sopes
Ingredients
  • To make the Sopes:
  • 2 cups masa harina or corn tortilla flour such as Maseca
  • 2 cups water more if needed
  • Pinch kosher or coarse sea salt
  • To serve:
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or cotija
  • 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 recipe Quick Roasted Tomatillo Salsita
To Prepare
  • Heat a comal or skillet over medium heat until very hot.
  • To make the sopes: Combine the masa harina and water, kneading in a revolving motion with your hands. Knead for a couple of minutes, until dough is smooth and has no lumps. If it feels too dry, add a bit more water.
  • Divide the dough into 12 balls, each about 2-inches in diameter. Line the bottom of a tortilla press with circles cut from a thin plastic bag (like the ones from the produce section of your grocery store). One at a time, place a ball of dough onto the plastic lining the bottom of the tortilla press, and top with another layer of plastic. Press down to make a flat disk as thick as a pancake, about 1/4-inch thick (much thicker than a tortilla). You can also flatten and form them by hand. Repeat with all 12 balls.
  • As you make them, place each sope on the hot comal or skillet. Let them cook about one to two minutes on each side, until opaque and speckled, and they can be flipped without sticking.
  • Take them off the comal and place them on a chopping board. Using a kitchen towel to protect your fingers, make a rim around each sope by pressing and pinching with your fingers along the edges. Return them to the comal or skillet, and let them cook for one or two more minutes per side, until thoroughly cooked.
  • If eaten the same day, they may be kept wrapped in a clean kitchen towel. If not, wrap them in a kitchen towel or paper towel, and store inside a closed plastic bag in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 3 days, afterwards they will turn too hard. Reheat on hot comal or skillet for a couple minutes before eating. They can also be frozen and kept for months.
  • Once the sopes have been thoroughly cooked and warmed, place on a platter and add a generous tablespoon of refried beans, shredded lettuce, crumbled cheese, chopped onion and Quick Roasted Salsita. Salsa may be left on the side for people to add as much as they like.
Ingredients
  • To make the Sopes:
  • 2 cups masa harina or corn tortilla flour such as Maseca
  • 2 cups water more if needed
  • Pinch kosher or coarse sea salt
  • To serve:
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or cotija
  • 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 recipe Quick Roasted Tomatillo Salsita
To Prepare
  • Heat a comal or skillet over medium heat until very hot.
  • To make the sopes: Combine the masa harina and water, kneading in a revolving motion with your hands. Knead for a couple of minutes, until dough is smooth and has no lumps. If it feels too dry, add a bit more water.
  • Divide the dough into 12 balls, each about 2-inches in diameter. Line the bottom of a tortilla press with circles cut from a thin plastic bag (like the ones from the produce section of your grocery store). One at a time, place a ball of dough onto the plastic lining the bottom of the tortilla press, and top with another layer of plastic. Press down to make a flat disk as thick as a pancake, about 1/4-inch thick (much thicker than a tortilla). You can also flatten and form them by hand. Repeat with all 12 balls.
  • As you make them, place each sope on the hot comal or skillet. Let them cook about one to two minutes on each side, until opaque and speckled, and they can be flipped without sticking.
  • Take them off the comal and place them on a chopping board. Using a kitchen towel to protect your fingers, make a rim around each sope by pressing and pinching with your fingers along the edges. Return them to the comal or skillet, and let them cook for one or two more minutes per side, until thoroughly cooked.
  • If eaten the same day, they may be kept wrapped in a clean kitchen towel. If not, wrap them in a kitchen towel or paper towel, and store inside a closed plastic bag in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 3 days, afterwards they will turn too hard. Reheat on hot comal or skillet for a couple minutes before eating. They can also be frozen and kept for months.
  • Once the sopes have been thoroughly cooked and warmed, place on a platter and add a generous tablespoon of refried beans, shredded lettuce, crumbled cheese, chopped onion and Quick Roasted Salsita. Salsa may be left on the side for people to add as much as they like.

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  1. I actually love homemade next day mash potatoes grilled tacos. With just a bit of chili sauce…red. oh so yummy.

  2. I love your show!! You have a great personality and I thinks it’s wonderful how excited you are to teach us your recipes! My favorite Mexican snack food is guacamole! I could eat it with a spoon! 😂

  3. I love sopes!!!!! My grandma used to make them with different food like machaca form sonora, chicharron and my favorite with carne desebrada and tinga!! Viva La Comida Mexicana!!❤️

  4. I love all kinds of Mexican food, especially since you Pati show how easy it is to make. Best Cooking show on tv. Thank u for sharing all your recipes!! Your the best Pati. ❤🍴🍴

  5. I love all kinds of Mexican food, especially since you Pati show how easy it is to make. Best Cooking show on tv. Thank u for sharing all your recipes!! Your the best Pati. ❤🍴🍴

  6. For a quick snack I usually go for a quesadilla, filled with whatever leftovers I have in the frig (carnitas is my favorite)

  7. I like Queso or Guacamole and chips. This recipe looks wonderful I have never had Sopes I must try this. Thanks for sharing how to make these.

  8. I love Torilla chips right out of the bag, mild salsa on the side for the ultimate dipping experience.

  9. Fresh Guacamole & chips will always rein supreme but my second favorite is corn tortilla and queso fresco quesadillas & fresh salsa for dipping!

  10. my fav dish is homeade ceviche. Love to make mine with fresh icelandic cod and a bit of chopped shrimp then all the standads:
    lime juice, tomatoes, peppers, onions etc. then the final touch is to mix lime or lemon juice, a drop or two of habenero sauce and a bit of aguave nectar in a small bowl, and incorporate this mix in the ceviche. That’s a killer ceviche !! Thanks Pati for all the wonderful tv episodes. Love it all !!!

  11. i have never tried it but i am sure i would like anything with guacamole, cheese or salsa! mexican street corn is delicious also

  12. I don’t know if I have a favorite Mexican snack, but my favorite Mexican food is grilled chicken fajitas with avocado-cilantro mayonnaise..so good! P.S. Love your show! My kids always enjoy it when your boys work in the kitchen with you!

  13. My favorite snacks would be chips and salsa, or guacamole and chips. I love to make homemade salsa and guacamole throughout the year. Yummy!

  14. Yummm I love sopes. I’ve only made them once but I can’t wait. To try this recipe. My mom makes them better. 😛

    My favorite antojo would be tortilla chips and salsa.

  15. I began watching Patis Tv show after living in Mexico for over 40 years. I have found her to be so refreshing and enjoyable, her receipes are wonderful and her visits to different Mexican towns are so informative. Thank you for all that you share with us.

    Elizabeth

  16. Looks good! But my favorite mexican dish would be tamales. I love them. Everytime I go to El Paso Texas, I always get an authentic tamale. So so good.

  17. Wow on the Sopes! I am always looking for something new and this is great. The variations can be unlimited.

  18. I’m a HUGE fan of loaded nachos..whether it be with brisket or pulled pork..onions and cheese..oh yum!! Now I’m hungry!

  19. my favorite snack is Tamales, My coworker has a friend who has a food truck and he makes the tamales and they are so good. I could live off those.

  20. My favorite thing is antojos! I love little food because you can sample many dishes. I love throwing a party and serving many types of antojos. I think my new favorite is sopes. Love the simple recipe and I can add things like beef or chicken to change them up. Thanks for the recipe.

  21. My favorite Mexican food is SOPES!!! They bring me such good memories from my childhood! Growling up im Mwxico City was so much fun and delicious! You could find at least a “fritangas” stand in every colonia. Every birthday my mom asked us what we would like to eat! One of my sisters would ask for pozole, one of my brothers asked for costillas de puerco en salsa pasilla! But not me. I would always ask for SOPES!!!💖😋 Thank you for the recipe and bringing me such good memories!

  22. YUM! Going to make these many more times. Thank you for introducing these wonderful food choices. So much fun to make and eat as food should be.

  23. My husband loves sopes, doesn’t look too hard,so I will try making them for him. Thank you for the recipe! Btw, love your shows

  24. I love soaps! I like to put potatoes and cheese inside the soap like a filling top with salsa s sliced onion lettuce and beets

  25. Hi, Pati! Thanks for sharing this recipe. My favorite Mexican snacks are anything involving cilantro, corn tortillas, and shrimp. When I lived in California and would visit Taqueria Vallarta, my favorite local Mexican restaurant, I almost always ordered shrimp tacos with fresh pico de gallo. YUMMM!! =)

  26. That looks so delicious! I really love a good tamale but they are rare here and I don’t know how to make them. I kind of doubt I even would because I am the only fan of them in my house.

  27. My wife is Mexican, so I try to surprise her with foods that she loved as a kid. I have made tortilla soup, pozole, and Conchas (Pan de Huevo). I love her homemade salsa with chips!

    We both love your show!

  28. I love that you are showing what real mexican food is….so wonderful and diverse, Soy de Guadalajara, vivo en New Mexico, a mi me encantan todos nuestros antojitos tradicionales, me encanta tu programa
    Gracias por tu bello trabajo

  29. I’ve never eaten sopes before but your recipe looks delicious. My mom just turned 93 and her cooking days are behind her but I’ve always thought the most delicious thing in the world of hers was a tortilla fresh off the comal spread with melted butter. Throw in a bowl of her frijoles and I was in heaven!

  30. The first time I had sopes in Mexico was in Barra de Navidad and they were filled with mashed potato and ground pork and had a super light tomato-y chicken-y broth poured over them. They were so delicious that I taught myself to make them when I got home.
    Did you try memelitas in Oaxaca? I learned to make those at the Seasons of My Heart cooking school. Those get a bit of lard and black beans. So good!!

  31. Home made salsa and chips – a little too addictive, before you know it you’re out of both & looking for more ingredients!

  32. I love your show and all the wonderful Mexican recipes you have introduced. Look forward to trying this one too. We, Canadians are eating more and more Mexican delicacies all the time.

  33. Pati, I love this recipe!! And love your show. The authenticity of the recipes take me back to my country and my Mothers kitchen. Your personality frames your show with grace, authenticity and folklore. I am Mexican, from the State of Mexico. Atizapan de Zaragoza. Way to go Pati!! Stay authentic and humble. You are the best!!

  34. I like taquitos with gacamole, sour cream and salsa!!! I would LOVE anything that someone else cooks for me too!!!

  35. This recipe sounds scrumptious, I love tamales and I am sure I will love sopes. Can’t wait to try this recipe and share.

  36. Que rico!! Solo con verlos se me hace agua la boca. Creo que este es uno de mis antojitos favoritos. Gracias por compartir tus recetas, me encantan, y creo que sera la proxima que me anime a hacer

  37. I’m not very adventurous but I’m hoping to learn some new Mexican recipes from you and broaden my cuisine horizons.

  38. I can’t wait to make these, they look absolutely delectable!
    I am a Native New Mexican, of Spanish descent. In NM, we are lucky to have a wonderful fusion of Spanish and Mexican influenced cuisine, along with various Anglo, German, African, and various other European and Central American cuisine to boot! I love our Chile, especially, fresh in the fall, and my favorite way to have it is ‘Christmas’- which we combine both red and green chiles into the same dish.
    My Favorite Mexican snack, is grilled corn, with Quest Fresco, fresh lime, and a bit of fresh pico de gallo !
    I

  39. I am willing to try new foods that are healthy with tons of vitamin benefits. I am just afraid of heavy spice and “hot” food.

  40. My favorite Antojito would have to be the flautas (corn tortillas stuffed with chicken and fried) … or some people call then taquitos . Either ways with lettuce tomato salsa and guacamole yummmm

  41. We love watching your show. You have the best countenance! You’re so positive and inviting. And your accent! ♡U
    When I was in high school, I went to a youth camp outside of Ensenada. While there, my youth pastor took us to a food cart for fish tacos with lime & cilantro. I have craved them ever since, and even turned my mom on to them.
    Thank you for all you do! You are a joy!

  42. Sopes are the first real Mexican food I fell in love with. I’m inspired by you to make them again soon!

  43. Oh Geez! Everything you share with us is AMAZING!!! But honestly, you quick roasted tomatillo sauce…that has saved me numerous times on SO many things!!!! Thank you!!! ANd these Sopes look great!!!

  44. I am late to the game, only finding you this last season, but Boy-Oh-Boy, am I so enjoying your food offerings. My husband and I are captivated by your warmth and curiosity about Mexican cuisine and the people and places that contribute to this exquisite fare. I am a half Latina that has had to teach myself the Mexican heritage I come from. Any culture is best learned from the table. Thank you for sharing your table with us! My favorite Mexican food snack are chicken Pastor tacos with homemade taquera salsa. I also love sopes and huaraches!

  45. Hi Pati, I cannot wait to make the Sopes! Can you tell me which tortilla press you would recommend? I know nothing of these things (being an Irish Swede!), but watching the video, I think the tortilla press will come in handy when I’m making other flat-breads.

  46. Easy & simple steps to follow to make this awesome food, and you know what? I tried it and worked!! It was so tasty!!

  47. I have seen masa harina at the Mexican neighborhood stores, I frequent; now I know what it is and the difference. Can one put meat in the sopes if one is not in the mood for vegetarian?
    “Oh”! My favorite snack is anything with Carmel in it.

  48. This looks absolutely incredible – I must try it! As to one of my favorite snacks – I don’t know if this counts, but a nice warm cup of champurrado! Really hits the spot in the wintertime. 😀

  49. I love your show and the humble person you are. Thank for continuing Mexican cuisine. Mexican food never dies. Los sabores de la comida son las mejores. Todas mis comidas las e aprendido de mi madre de Piedras Negras, Coahuila, México. Gracias Pati.

  50. I just love all your recipes and you and your family. I feel like I’m okay if your family when I watch your show. My favorite snack is Arroz con leche

  51. My favorite Mexican snack food is Mexican Street Corn 🌽 ( Esquites). Pati I love to see what Mexican-style tops you will wear next. Where is your favorite place to shop?

  52. Homemade guacamole and blue corn tortilla chips! Has to be organic! Has to be creamy and chunky and tart and spicy and hot!

  53. My favorite snack is a tostada with lime juice and queso fresco! I have always wanted to learn to make sopes and I’m going to give it a try tomorrow using your recipe! Thanks Pati!

  54. My favorite Mexican antojo or snack is probably taquitos, but those sopes look delicious. I like refried beans, so I think I’d like this dish with not only the refried beans, but also the cheese and the crunchy romaine lettuce. The different flavors and textures contained in the sopes sound great.

  55. Loveeeeeeeeeeeee mooshy Patti!! everything she makes is dear to my heart. Last meal I want is Taco’s in my life. I make street taco’s now with the smaller tortias

  56. Sopes are amazing! I love watching your show; it brings back so many childhood memories. I hope that one day I’ll be able to return to mi Mexico querido and try all that amazing street food.

  57. I love watching your show, especially when your boys help you! I loved cooking with my son when he was little.

  58. I gave this a shot and it was a huge hit with everyone! Set a sopes with a layer of refried beans and an assembly line of bowls filled with various veggies so each could fill with a topping of their own! This is now my go to snack for upcoming OU games!!

  59. Your fantastic recipes have helped allow me to cook authentic recipes for my Mexican husband! The sopes are yummy! 🙂

  60. Los sopes son definitivamente uno de mis antojitos favoritos. Pueden ser tan simples o tan elaborados como uno quiera.

  61. Love the shows and the blogs. I look forward to the e-mails to see more recipes that I know I will ruin. 😉

  62. I could really use some new grill accessories. Not sure what Sopes are but I’m sure they are great.

  63. Previous post went out with misspelled email address.
    Will need to try making sopes! I enjoy watching your shows and had the privilege of meeting you at the Melissa’s Produce test kitchen in California, a couple of years ago. Enjoyed your presentation. Regards to you and your beautiful family.

  64. Paletas – tried them at a local Mercado and they were wonderful, particularly all the flavors not found in regular North American frozen treats.

  65. I have never tried sopes. Will see if my daughter-in-law has made it before as she is of Mexican heritage. She’s learning about Japanese and Hawaiian cuisine and culture and she’s introducing us to her delicious cuisine and the Mexican customs. A melting pot!!

  66. Love your recipes and my family loves the food! Thank you for inspiring us to cook Mexican cuisine. Can’t wait to try making sopes.😊

  67. I’ve just discovered you & your show and am hooked!! 🙂 My favorite snack is chips, salsa & guacamole!!!

  68. I haven’t tried making your sopes, but the carnitas recipe is a regular favorite at our house!
    They are a great “bribe” to get my daughter and son-in-law to eat with us instead of going out to eat.
    They are also so quick and easy to make.
    I love your show and watch it every chance I get.
    You’re so energetic and fun to watch.

  69. I can’t wait for the next season to air!! Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes and fabulous personality!!

  70. I really like Tacos…..there’s so many different ways to stuff them. Be creative….with that. Thank you for the giveaway.

  71. Sopes looks very good. Where I work a Mexican man brought me the best tamale ever inspired me to make one eventually.

  72. These sopes look terrific! Can’t wait to try. My favorite is churros (but I have to be supervised I don’t overdo! lol)

  73. It’s funny that these are called “Sopes” because where I am from here in Nogales AZ right on the border of Mexico we called them “gorditas”. My mom, use to make them for us and she would make them 2 ways, one exactly like your “sopes” and another way fried masa patties smothered in enchilada sauce with lettuce and cheese. I will definitely make your recipe. Love your shows and your travels in Mexico gives me inspiration of where to travel to. Thank u

  74. I love that you started with sopes. Thanks you I now know what they are as well as how to make these.

  75. These are one of my most favorite Mexican foods. They are super yummy and you can make them with so many different fillings. My favorite is the black beans.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  76. Looks delicious!! Thank you for your wonderful recipes. My husband is Mexican, and I have learned how to make several dishes, including simple things like beans in a pot, from you. 🙂

  77. My favorite outdoor grill food is Mexican Street corn!
    So many different ways to prepare it….and the flavor is unbeatable!

  78. Hola Patty:

    I think we have been communicating for all the years since you have be on public tv. My wife and I love the show and you. I especially would like to comment on your words at the beginning of email. I believe you have accomplished all that you intended to do and more. You not only a fine cook but I believe a great spokesman for the Mexican people.

    It is beyond my understanding how there is anyone that doesn’t love the Mexican people. We have bee coming to Mexico since our high school year and are no 83. We have enjoy the Mexican culture and our home is full of things from Mexico and when I return to Oregon from my final years my plans include some very special Mexican furniture and shop made decorations.

    Love the show and wish you nothing but continued success.

    You Friend, In Christ,

    Tom Satterlee

  79. Sounds like an excellent way to get acquainted with masa. Treasure hunt tomorrow. I have an aluminum tortilla press hiding somewhere around here; need to give it some daylight and try some sopes.

  80. Guacamole is my favorite snack. The Sopes looks delightful, can’t wait to try them, they may be my next favorite..

  81. Sopes are my all time favorite! My family loves nachos, salsa and guacamole. As we know the kids come first😘😘 After seeing this I will be making sopes for the game tomorrow😍

  82. I absolutely love, love, love you, your show, newsletter, recipes!!! These sopes sound wonderful. Everything I’ve tried is delicious. My husband loves the Pickled Jalapeños. (I added cauliflower and more garlic.)
    I even got my brother and sister-in-law turned on to you! They briefly lived in Merida and Isla Mujera and love seeing the area again on your show.
    You have a beautiful family! So nice to see the genuine love between you and your boys! Keep up the excellent shows!

  83. Pati,

    I love reconnecting with my Mexican heritage through your show. Gracias por tu autenticidad. My favorite snack is guacamole, and I cannot wait to try your sopes!

  84. I loved this cuisine idea! I plan to introduce Sopes to 3 special kids, young ladies now who are dear neighbors. I will invite them to my home and have them participate in my kitchen on how to make them. Will also plan to have some go home with them to share with the parents. Nothing is more satisfying then to share my Mexican roots and culture with these young ladies. Our community while diverse tends to have stereotypes of what Mexican food is and many only relate to the Taco Bell menu. Wish me luck and hope to broaden horizons and most importantly have fun by sharing. Thank you Pati Jinich for sharing this and many other wonderful Mexican cuisine recipes and ideas! Hasta la proxima! Ida from Atlanta, Georgia.

  85. I love panuchos especially those made and sold in barrio Santiago of Merida Yucatán
    Perfect with an ice cold beer!

  86. I remember these from my childhood in Nogales Arizona…your blog encourages me to try these to bring back that familiar flavor I have not had from many years now!

  87. These sopes look yummy! We are Texans living in West Virginia and the only tasty Mexican food we can find is what I cook in my own home. Our favorite meal is tamales that I learned finally the secret to making them light and fluffy from you! Pati. Now if only I could find corn husks, we have to have them mailed to us.

  88. Your blog page is really Interesting and it is really helpful to other people so they can learn how to cook different mexican meals and can be very helpful to create new things

  89. Since we discovered you on PBS, our culinary lives and thoughts about preparing the wonderful foods of Mexico have changed for the better. Over the years we have regularly gone to your web site and copied the recipes we have seen you prepare . Thank you and I hope we will be able to follow you for many years to come.
    I see you are traveling to San Diego … Wish you would plan a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina to conduct cooking demonstrations and explore how Mexican food and culture has changed our City.

    Willie D. Pilkington
    Raleigh, North Carolina

  90. Sopes are a splendid idea and like mentioned by many you can make them with any meats, beans and cheeses that you like my favorite is with mexican chorizo and salsa .

  91. Hola Mrs. Pati!
    Me gustaria saber, si usted podria postear en su pagina, una receta de un buen mole.
    Gracias.

  92. Thanks for the recipe, I will try it this weekend. The accompanying recipe for the tomatillo salsita is absolutely delicious. Gracias Pati.

  93. These Sopes look really great. My Mexican cooking is limited in scope – so far, Pico de gallo, chilaquiles with chorizo, tacos, pozole — beef and pork versions.

  94. Sopes are like a hefty tostada. I love gorditas, too, but you have to slice them open when they’re hot, which can be hard on the hand.

  95. They sound absolutely delicious! My boyfriend and I love your recipes and your fun, enthusiastic passion for Mexican cuisine. I can’t wait to try these. Yummy!!

  96. I have not heard of Sopes before. I am certain that they will be my favorite antojos as soon as try them. I am getting hungry.

    Thank you,
    Elizabeth

  97. Pati, I have made your Cheese-Bacon Cornbread about one zillion times! Thanks for so many fabulous meals! Not a single recipe hasn’t been the very best. I have four sons. Nobody cooks like Pati. My sons love your show! Your cookbook is my favorite gift to give!

  98. I love to watch Pati on TV when her programs come on, and I also love her newsletters, she always leaves a recipe or recipes to try, she’s an amazing cook plus her recipes are great.
    I mix and or use my traditional Northern New Mexico recipes with hers and I get an an amazing outcome!!!

  99. We love your show. We made 1 of your dishes with pork, tomatoes, onions. Oh my gosh it was perfect. Gone in one meal!

  100. Made your fresh tomatillo with avocado salsa….LOVE LOVE LOVE it! So delicioso….can use it on absolutely everything!

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful food traditions!

  101. I love your show as it has broaden what Mexican food is more than tacos, tamales, burritos, one type mole, etc…
    Thank You
    Ron

  102. Aparte de la receta, insuperable, ¿sabes qué más me gustó? La carpetita bordada para tener los sopes calentitos. Un detalle tan mexicano,me dieron ganas de llorar.
    Sigue siempre orgullosa de tu cultura.

  103. I love all the freshness and tradition of your recipes! I made your Tiger Poundcake for my husband’s birthday. It was delicious!

  104. Hey Patti! I just wanted you to know I am new to your show on my local PBS channel! From the first time I watched your show I love your enthusiasm and energy for your cooking and culture! It’s so delicious looking I couldn’t wait to get your delicious recipes so I could enjoy the delicious food! I wish you great success and looking forward to trying new and delicious new food! Thanks Cindy Bahri

  105. One of my favorite snacks are molletes. So simple yet delicious. I first ate them in Mexico City when a cousin introduced me to them at breakfast. The hardest thing now is finding the right bolillos to make them with. I made them for my kids when they were young and they loved them too.

  106. I’ve been delighted with my successes with Pati’s recipes–unique flavor combinations, ease of preparation, happy table!

  107. Hello Pati,
    Well I am a truck driver and many of my co drivers are very surprised at the amount of cooking I do in my truck. I’ve even shared some tamales with them that came out of my truck. They absolutely loved them. Course you know these gringos they love everything from a Mexican kitchen right? I truthfully love your show and hope to meet you someday so you can show me more cooking technics that I can do in my truck.
    Thank you. God bless.

  108. I have tried all sorts of your recipes but never this one. I am excited to try it! It looks like a lot of fun!

  109. Hola Pati! Me encantan tus recetas! Mi marido dice que se casaría contigo si no estuviera casado conmigo y si no estuvieras casada! 🙂

  110. Mexican is my favorite food! I love watching your show and will be making the sopes this weekend. Thank you so much

  111. I’d love to win that awesome Weber Grill! My favorite snack is an avocado cut in half with salt and pepper. I could eat them all day! Good luck to all entrants!

  112. Your recipes are so refreshing and offer a little bit of something for everyone. You never cease to amaze me with all of your delicious recipes. Keep up your adventurous travels and recipes! 🙂

  113. Hello Pati! These look so delicious and so versatile! I love the many ways that you could create them. With so many different topping combinations, you could pretty much eat them every day of the week! Keep up the great work and keep your fantastic recipes coming! Muy delicioso!!!

  114. My favorite Mexican snack/meal is a Gordita. I love the bread wrap because it is soft and thicker than a tortilla or soft taco shell and I love that you can fill it with a lot of good healthy toppings.

    #Iwinthegrill

  115. Pati:
    Thank you for the Sopes recipe and a Spanish name for this dish!

    When growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, my mama would make something very similar.
    She called them Mexican pizza’s! We used refried pinto beans instead of tomato sauce as our base and added whatever cheese she happen to have available. Mostly, it was shredded cheddar cheese. The additional toppings we put on top of our “pizza’s” included salsa con chile pequin, radishes, lettuce, sliced black olives and sour cream. They were so delicious!!

    My abuelita would watch in amazement as my mother transformed her traditional “gorditas” into this concoction for her hungry children. Sometimes abuelita would say, “Por que no lo haces tostadas? They were similar, but every bite of a Mexican Pizza would just melt in your mouth. No crunching sounds were heard when we devoured this treat.

  116. I grew up in orange county california and about 60 miles from mexico. I learned how to make mexican food from my friends parent’s who were from all over Mexico. I still enjoy cooking and thank you for your recipes.

  117. My wife always a both sops made from the store butI showed her this recipe and we both fell in love with this sopes!!! she make some from scratch every time now. love your show

  118. We’re in Oaxaca, visiting for two weeks because we were inspired by your Oaxaca season! We are enjoying all of the food here, especially tlayudas. Chapulines are on the list of things to try. Pati, muchas gracias for your wonderful show!