SO easy Oven Fried Sopapillas


Oh SO easy, oven fried sopapillas, perfect for any cinco de mayo celebration


oven fried sopapillas


How is it, that a day that happens every year

on the SAME day

can still catch me off guard?

Early in April, I have HUGE cinco de mayo plans. My kids pretty much love anything Mexican food related, so this is a day I can really get behind.  Margaritas, chips, salsa, guacamole and tortillas what’s not to love?

And then, just like that, it’s May 4th, and I have not a single idea planned.

Let the scramble begin.

I think I did pretty well, considering.

I’ve never had a sopapilla, but then I’ve never met a fried dough I did not LOVE. The frying though I do not love. Not one bit, so I set out to make a baked version.

There are countless ideas for baked sopapillas. Some using puff pastry for an easy base, and I was surprised at how many recipes for easy sopapillas use tortillas.

That got me to thinking…

would it work if I used my homemade torillas

I began with my base tortillas recipe, and added just a bit of baking powder {hoping to get a nice puff}, after letting the dough rest for 15 minutes, I rolled the dough out and cut triangles.


sopapilla dough cut into triangles, ready for the oven


I wanted the dough to be nice and crispy on the outside, so I tried baking them in melted butter {flipping at the halfway point in the baking time}


sopapillas - ready for oven frying


The finished dough was crispy on the outside, soft on the inside –  but did not exactly  have the PUFF I was looking for.

But when tossed in cinnamon sugar, no one complained one bit.


SO easy oven fired sopapillas


SO easy Oven Fried Sopapillas


  • 1 cup of AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp butter {cold}
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 6 Tbsp butter {melted}
  • ~ for the topping
  • 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon
  • cut in the butter
  • add just enough water to produce a smooth dough {it will be very soft}
  • roll the dough into a ball, cover and let rest 15 minutes
  • pre-heat the oven to 400
  • pour the melted butter on a rimmed baking sheet
  • on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rough rectangle, and cut into 8 - 12 triangles
  • place on the baking sheet
  • bake 4 - 5 minutes
  • flip, and bake until both sides are golden brown and have nice crisp edges {another 4 - 5 minutes}
  • cool slightly, and then toss in the cinnamon and sugar




SO easy oven fried sopapillas for cinco de mayo