Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 16 appetizers


These sopes, or cornmeal cakes, make wonderful appetizers. Top them with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of green onions or use refried beans with tomatoes and olives.


  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup masa harina flour (Mexican corn masa mix)
  • 1/4 cup shortening or lard
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 can (16 oz.) refried beans, warmed
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack or crumbled cotija cheese
  • Topping Suggestions: taco sauce, sliced pickled jalapeños, sour cream and/or chopped green onions, (optional)


PLACE corn meal and flour in large bowl; cut in shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add water, kneading until smooth. Add chiles; mix well. Form dough into 16 small balls. Pat each ball into 3-inch patty; place on wax paper.

HEAT 1 teaspoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Cook patties for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown, adding additional oil as needed to prevent sticking.

TOP with beans, cheese, taco sauce, jalapeño slices, sour cream and green onions.


by c. coleen , Saint Louis, MO on Jan. 2010

they tasted so good very favorful. My kids and husband love them. thanks


by r. rose , elysburg, PA on Jul. 2009

this is great for a sunday afternoon for picnic food.


by V. Van , Upland, CA on Mar. 2009


Excellent Sopes

by L. Linda , Riverside, CA on Mar. 2009

I love this receipe. Better then buying the ones in the Store, which are dry and not favorful. I did not know it could be this easy.

Make it healthier!!!

by R. Rocio , Plano, TX on Feb. 2009

I made this recipe and it is delicious!!! This is an excellent recipe. Next time I will make it with natural ingredients I am sure it will still be gorgeous!!


by G. GWEN , Visalia, CA on May. 2008

this is a great recipe and easy for using at gatherings. I used these with different toppings. I had a build your own!! Fun time.

Wonderful Treat!

by D. Dourna , GALLATIN, TN on Feb. 2008

I made these and served them with chili. They were a wonderful treat. We put them on plates, dipped chili on top, and sprinkled with cheese. They had a great flavor. Very easy to make.


by b. barb , geneseo, IL on Jan. 2008

yummy! We loved them!


by S. Sharon , TAMPA, FL on Jan. 2008

Brings back memories from my childhood in Panama. Yummy and easy to make, a definite winner with everyone.

A big hit

by T. Tricia , BAY CITY, MI on Nov. 2007

I grew up eating these and had not made them in a long time. Thanks for a great recipe. These were easy and everyone loved them. I did make a batch without the peppers for the kids. A big hit with the whole family.