Fried Mexican Bread Dessert


Some call them little pillows, but the name really means “holding soup.” Sopaipillas are one of many foods that New Mexico call it’s own - The New Mexican Quick Bread or better call it Mexican Dessert Bread. Little sweet, little salty bite of soft, slightly warm pillow-y Sopaipillas is perfect to satisfy sweet and salty cravings at the same time! With little sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar on the top, sometimes, I forget eating Sopaipillas and feels like eating Soft Version of Churros!!

Sopaipillas - Fried Mexican Bread Dessert

What are Sopaipillas?

Some say the history of the sopaipillas is over 200 years old, originating in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. It is often as much a staple of many New Mexican meals as the tortilla.

Both sopaipillas and tortillas are used as “sop” breads, either soaking up the liquids in a dish, or stuffing them with the foods so they can be eaten without the use of knife and fork. Sopaipillas or Sopapilla are also served as a dessert (very common) with honey poured over or between its two layers. However, New Mexican cuisine typically serves them in place of bread, or filled with ingredients common to tacos and enchiladas, savory or sweet. 

Mexican Sopaipillas Pillows - No one can eat just one!

Wanna know more!!

Well, to give you a taste of Sopaipillas without making'em. Imaging walking in a Fair or Farmer's Market, with one hand busy holding a parchment paper full of cinnamon sugar and second hand busy constantly feeding sweet and salty Churros in your mouth. And what if there is some honey drizzled on the top? Sopaipillas taste very close to Churro, yet are distinct since these are less sweet than Churro, have very soft texture. There inside is hallow like a puffy taco, moment you usher-in one your mouth, it disappears, simply melts away!

Let's now taste a few with eyes!!

Sopaipillas - Fried Mexican Bread Dessert Simply Scrumptious

No one can eat just one!!

Mexican Sopaipillas or Sopapillas - Sweet and Salty Pillows!

My favorite way to enjoying Sopaipillas is with a cup hot Tea/Coffee in one hand and Sopaipillas in another! Enjoy!!

Coffee Chai Latte Cardamom and Fennel Tea Pumpkin Spiced Chai


Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Mexican () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 16 Sopaipillas - Serves: 4


Sweet Dusting


  • Step for Recipe - Sopaipillas 1. Sift dry ingredients together. Place in a bowl. Add small diced cold butter.
    Step for Recipe - Sopaipillas 2. Cut in butter until flour has crumbs consistency. Add water and mix until holds together. Knead 10-15 times until dough forms a smooth ball. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Step for Recipe - Sopaipillas 3. Heat oil in a deep fry pan or fryer for frying. Divide dough into two parts. Roll half of the dough to 1/8 inch thickness round circle on lightly floured board. Cut into 8 wedges as you would slice a pizza - making 8 small triangles.
    Step for Recipe - Sopaipillas 4. When ready to fry, turn upside down so that surface on bottom while resting is on top when frying. Additional Notes: Add only a few Sopaipillas at a time in oil to maintain proper temperature. Drain on paper towels.
  • Step for Recipe - Sopaipillas 5. Fry in hot oil until golden brown, turning once. Repeat step 3 and 4 for the second half of the dough.
    Step for Recipe - Sopaipillas 6. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dust on sopaipillas when still warm. Serve warm or hot, add drizzle honey (if using) just before serving. for the record, I adore these soft pillows even without honey.
Savita's Notes:

In my home, we two can eat whole batch. But 16 Sopaipillas are good to feed 4, serving size 4 per person for dessert!

However, for accompanying Soup or Stews, I suggest you tipple the recipe!!

For better results and fluffy puffed Sopaipillas -

1) While frying, add only a few sopaipillas at a time to maintain proper temperature.

2) Also, do not let the dough or rolled uncooked sopaipillas get dry, cover those waiting to be fried.


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5 Responses

  1. I love to make sopaipillas, it simple to make it.
  2. Good for stuffed soppapias with shredded beef or chicken. Topped with sour cream and guacamole. Leave out the sugar
  3. super tempting dear.. it is a little puffed and cute pillow
  4. Yummy Mexican dessert
    Vani, thanks!