Sopes from Los Favoritos Taco Shop
|A sope topped with meat, cheese, and other tasty goodness.|
This week: Sopes from Los Favoritos Taco Shop
|Sopes bases ready to be topped.|
(sink your teeth into all the spicy details after the jump)
|Sopes! With machaca beef, grilled peppers 'n' onions, and all the shredded garnish you can handle.|
|Flickr- The Queen of Subtle|
|Sopes don't have to be basic, and can be topped with all sorts of fancy stuff.|
El Sabor: The base of the sopes tastes just like a corn tortilla, which should come as no surprise since the dough is made in just about the same fashion. Then it's rolled into a ball, pressed down to ½ inch width and quickly heated on a grill. To hollow it out a bit and make room for the toppings, the edges of the masa disk are pinched up around the sides, like those crappy pinch pots you used to make in arts and crafts.
The dense base tastes just like a mega thick corn tortilla, so the real flavor comes from what you add atop the sopes. We like roasted green chile strips, frijoles borrachos, chorizo, cotija, and salsas galore. Don't hesitate to ask your favorite Mexican joint, like Los Favoritos, to skip the carnitas and substitute another meat or topping of choice.
Bring a bit of México to your kitchen: Sopes are easy to make, and even easier to buy premade by the bag at Ranch Market. Homemade sopes should look homemade, so don't fret. They can also be prepared well ahead of time, so create a dozen sopes the next time you're having friends over and make a DIY assembly line for custom sopes.
Know of any Mexican gems in the Valley? Reveal your family secrets in the comment section.