Chalupa Fail

Mexico City Sope

At the Restaurant in Mexico City

The Advertisement and Recipe

The Advertisement and Recipe From a Mexican Grocery Store Magazine

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First Try and Fail

Before trying my hand at making these sopes, I had only read 3 recipes.  One suggested cooking the disk of dough, pinching the edges, then finishing it off in an oven. Since the Summer heat hasn’t relented even in September, I was glad to see a different recipe finish the formed shells in oil. However, my pinched masa shells started to disintegrate while swimming in the 1/2″ deep pool of vegetable oil.

The filling of spicy refried beans, crumbled chorizo, crema and cherry tomatoes was good, but the oily base wasn’t pleasant.

After cleaning up, I watched a few YouTube videos to get a better idea of how they should be made.

If there is a “next time” I’ll try to moisten the masa a bit more and start off with thinner disks.  The deep-frying step may not be necessary.

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