Sopes Sopa – or – Chicken Masa Soup

Sopes Sopa – or – Chicken Masa Soup

I came back from the beach to find these

in the fridge.
Gummy, doughy little Masa cakes called sopes. Usually, you steam or grill them and fill with a savory meat saucy thing. The Masa turns a cheesy consistency and the whole dish should remind you of a tamale.
Texture in food is a big thing for me, so they are, Far and Large, my least favorite Latin ingredient.
I’ve been craving a good tortilla soup lately, so I decided to deconstruct (a nice word for chopping them to hell) and used them as Masa flour for my Chicken Masa Soup.
 – If you don’t happen to have your own package of redi-made sopes in your fridge… you can use cornmeal…or regular Masa.
Chicken Masa Soup
Serves 4
4 Chicken Thighs – (Bone In / Skin On)
2 Cups Tomato Juice
2 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Medium Onion – Minced
2 Poblano Peppers – Diced
1 Red Bell Pepper – Julienne
1 Clove Garlic – Chopped
1 Bay Leaf
1 Tablespoon Oregano
2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Oil
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
4 Sopes (or – 1/2 Cup Masa Flour) + 1 additional sopes diced
1/2 Cup Oil
1 Avocado – Diced
Dutch Oven
  • On Medium High heat, add the oil, peppers, garlic and spices – saute until the spices heat and begin to perfume
  • Add the chicken, stock and juice, reduce to medium and cover
  • Cook for 45 minutes
  • Remove the chicken and shred the meat, discarding the skin and bones
  • Return the chicken to the pot with the chopped sopes (or the Masa flour)
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir until all the sopes are dissolved and begin to thicken the soup
  • In a separate pan, heat the 1/2 cup of oil and fry the remaining diced sopes until brown and crispy – drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt
  • To Serve:
  • Ladle 1/4 of the soup into a large bowl and top with 1/4 of the diced avocado and fried sopes

4 thoughts on “Sopes Sopa – or – Chicken Masa Soup

  1. I like sopes if they are made fresh…. there is a great place here in Seattle that makes them fresh daily and they are amazing. I like the idea of you putting them into soup though as I am sure it made it more filling. 

  2. Azmina! You peeled yourself away from the baby for a second! Yeah, redi made sopes are just bad food gone wrong. It was either find a way to use them or throw them away…. and I never throw food away 🙂

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