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Beef-Stuffed Sopaipillas

After my brothers' football games when we were kids, we would all descend on a local restaurant for their wonderful Southwestern stuffed soapaipillas. This recipe takes me back to that delicious childhood memory. Even my Canadian husband raves about these! —Lara Pennell Irving, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • Additional oil for frying
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Stir in water milk and oil with a fork until a ball forms. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for 2-3 minutes. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Divide into four portions; roll each into a 6-1/2-in. circle.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry circles, one at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the salt, garlic powder and pepper. In a large saucepan, combine the soup, broth, chilies and onion powder; cook for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  • Cut a slit on one side of each sopaipilla; fill with 1/2 cup of meat mixture. Top with cheese. Serve with sauce.

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  • erinshea1982
    Oct 31, 2019

    This was a very tasty recipe. The dough came together quickly, was easy to work with, and had great flavor.

  • 2124arizona
    Aug 1, 2017

    We love this recipe!! It's a keeper!!

  • chachas.mama
    Feb 18, 2013

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    Feb 17, 2013

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    Jan 28, 2013

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  • liz wong
    Apr 14, 2012

    This recipe is a winner. My teenage boys loved it!!!

  • edimmett
    Jan 6, 2012

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  • katlaydee3
    Nov 28, 2010

    Very good recipe. I made this with re-fried beans and Spanish rice on the side.

  • debleblanc
    Nov 7, 2010

    My husbanded reminded me today that we haven't had these for awhile so I'm making them now. They are great. I usually make my own sauce using the remainder of the can of evaporated milk and some chicken stock adding in the green chiles along with some cumin and cayenne. Reallhy good!

  • FriedaG
    Dec 24, 2009

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