Carne Adovada Sopes

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + marinating Cook: 2 hours


12 servings

Updated: Jul. 11, 2022
I call this "dude food," as my husband and son would eat this weekly. The tender pork is great. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
Carne Adovada Sopes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 3/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • SOPES:
  • 3 cups masa harina
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Optional toppings: Hot refried beans, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, guacamole and/or sour cream


  1. In a large shallow dish, combine 1 cup broth, chili powder, vinegar, cilantro, honey and seasonings. Add the pork; turn to coat. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, brown pork in 4 tablespoons oil in batches. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute onions in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.
  3. Return pork to pan; add remaining broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 350° until meat is tender, 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours. With a slotted spoon, remove meat to a large bowl. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Bring to a boil over high heat; cook until slightly thickened and reduced to about 2 cups, stirring occasionally. Return meat to pan; set aside and keep warm.
  4. For sopes, in a large bowl, combine masa harina and salt; stir in water. Knead until smooth, adding additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary. Divide into 12 portions, about 1/4 cup each. Roll each to form a ball; flatten to 4-in. patty. Cover with plastic wrap.
  5. Heat a large ungreased skillet over medium heat until hot. Cook sopes in batches until lightly browned, about 1 minute on each side. Remove from pan. Immediately pinch edges to form a 1/2-in. rim; set aside.
  6. To serve, in same skillet, cook sopes in hot oil in batches over medium-high heat until golden brown and slightly crisp, 15-30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels. Using a slotted spoon, place pork on sopes; serve with toppings of your choice.

Nutrition Facts

1 sope with 1/2 cup pork mixture (calculated without optional toppings): 423 calories, 23g fat (5g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 787mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 24g protein.