New Mexican Style Sopapillas Recipe

Easy and delicious homemade Sopapillas that everybody will love. This recipe gives a fried puff pastry that’s quite popular in every Mexican restaurant.

New Mexican Style Sopapillas Recipe
Crunchy Fried Quick and Easy Snack

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Origin of the dish

New Mexican Stye Sopapillas is a classic deep-fried pastry puff made out of all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder and a boiling water. It has a sweet taste yet made tastier with different toppings. It is commonly topped or paired with powdered sugar, Nutella, peanut butter, honey or any flavor of jam.

There are lot of theories revolving around the origin of Sopapillas. However, it is most believed to have originated in Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than 200 years ago. The name Sopapilla came from the Spanish word “sopaipa” which refers to sweetened fried dough.

When is sopapilla typically served?

Sopapillas are quite popular mostly in New Mexico. This dish can be prepared with a lot of twists. It can be served as dessert, snack or even breakfast. It can also be sweet or salty. However, it is popularly cooked sweet and is paired with almost anything that could come up to your mind. What makes it also popular is it can be stuffed with meat, vegetable or even cheese. It goes with almost anything!

Kitchen Utensils You Will Need

You will be needing the following kitchen tools and equipment in making a delicious Sopapillas:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk
  • Tongs
  • Rolling pin
  • Frying pan
  • Dough scraper

New Mexican Style Sopapillas’ Primary Ingredient - All-purpose flour.

New Mexican Style Sopapilla is mostly made out of all-purpose flour. It is one of the most basic ingredients in pastry-making. This type of flour creates a softer texture which is recommended because it provides more structure in baked goods. In fact, you can bake just almost anything with all-purpose flour – breads, biscuits, pizza, or even cookies. All-purpose flour can also be used as a thickening agent for sauces and soups aside from cornstarch. This is available in any store in the supermarkets or malls.

Interesting Facts

  • Sopapillas are very popular in New Mexican cuisine and are served in almost all Tex-Mex restaurants.
  • Sopapillas can be eaten sweet or salty. When it is eaten sweet, it is commonly paired with sugared cinnamon. When it is eaten salty, it is commonly dipped with ketchup.
  • Stuffed Sopapillas are also popular in New Mexico. They are prepared in the same way but is stuffed with beans, meat or cheese.

Tips and Tricks When Making Sopapillas

  • When your sopapillas do not puff, try increasing or decreasing the temperature of your oil.
  • Reheating Sopapillas result better using oven than microwave.
  • Always use hot water in mixing dough to make the mixing faster and the dough fluffier.


  • 1 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Mix all your dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, salt. Then add into the water and oil mixture. Mix together until you form a dough.

    New Mexican Style Sopapillas Recipe
  2. Knead the dough on a flat surface for 7 minutes.

    New Mexican Style Sopapillas Recipe
  3. Separate in 4 balls and let rest for 20 minutes.

    New Mexican Style Sopapillas Recipe
  4. Roll out dough and cut into squares.

    New Mexican Style Sopapillas Recipe
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan. Drop the dough into the pan and fry for 50-60 seconds.

    New Mexican Style Sopapillas Recipe
  6. Dust with powdered sugar. You may top with honey or Nutella, whatever your preference may be.

    Serve and enjoy!

    New Mexican Style Sopapillas Recipe

When your day gets boring and you are in the mood for something delicious, deep-fried and puffy, then Sopapillas are the best fit for you. It can easily be prepared and the fastest to cook. You can just cook it in a few minutes, and you can enjoy a delicious Mexican dish. Top it with powdered sugar and Nutella, or anything of your preference. No worries, there are no rules to it! It deliciously tastes well with anything. You can have it as your dessert or just a quick snack for your hungry stomach.