How to Make a Sopapilla From a Tortilla

A plate of sopapillas with ice cream topped with whipped cream.
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A sopapilla, or cachanga, is a fried pastry served in the Southwest United States, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Traditionally, a sopapilla is made from light dough that puffs up to form a hollow pastry when fried. This pastry is served with an array of toppings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or a side dish. A sopapilla made from a tortilla is not common, but you can serve it just as you would a traditional sopapilla. You can make a sopapilla from a tortilla in less than 5 minutes. Top it with honey, powdered sugar, butter, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs or ground meat, for example.

Step 1

Place a deep skillet over medium-high heat, and add 2 inches of vegetable oil. Allow the vegetable oil to preheat for 5 minutes.


Step 2

Slide a flour tortilla into the hot oil, and allow it to fry for 60 seconds, or until it begins to turn a golden brown.

Step 3

Remove the tortilla from the oil with a pair of metal tongs, and place it onto a paper towel to drain. Repeat the frying process with as many tortillas as you would like.

Step 4

Serve your tortilla sopapillas while they are warm with your favorite toppings.

Things You'll Need

  • Deep skillet

  • Vegetable oil

  • Flour tortillas

  • Metal tongs

  • Paper towels

  • Topping


Refrigerate leftover tortilla sopapillas, and consume them within 72 hours. Reheat the leftovers in a microwave. Use fresh, thick flour tortillas for best results.