A New Mexican dessert sopaipilla
Type Doughnut
Main ingredients Leavening agent, wheat dough (or wheat flour and masa harina), shortening or butter
Cookbook: Sopaipilla  Media: Sopaipilla

A sopaipilla, sopapilla, sopaipa, or cachanga[1] is a kind of fried pastry and a type of quick bread served in several regions with Spanish heritage in the Americas.[note 1] The word sopaipilla is the diminutive of sopaipa, a word that entered Spanish from the Mozarabic language of Al-Andalus.[9] The original Mozarabic word Xopaipa was used to mean bread soaked in oil, and derived in turn from the Germanic word suppa which meant bread soaked in liquid.[2]

A sopaipilla is traditionally made from leavened wheat dough (or a mixture of wheat flour and masa harina) to which some shortening or butter is added. After being allowed to rise, the dough is rolled into a sheet that is then cut into circular, square or triangular shapes. The shapes are 8–10 cm in size for the longest dimension (if intended for a dessert) or 15–20 cm (if intended to be stuffed for a main course). The shapes are then deep-fried in oil, sometimes after allowing them to rise further before frying: the frying causes the shapes to puff up, ideally forming a hollow pocket in the center.[10]



Torta frita, Argentina and Uruguay

In Argentina, pastry is known under other names apart from sopaipa, supaipa and sopaipilla these are; Torta frita, Kreppel and chipá cuerito.[2]


Central Chilean sopaipillas with (pasadas) and without chancaca sauce

In Chile, sopaipillas (or sopaipas) are known to have been eaten at least since 1726.[9] Although Traditional Chilean sopaipillas (made in the central part of Chile) include zapallo (pumpkin) in their dough, it wasn't typically used in the South of Chile.[2] Depending if they are served as a pastry or bread Chilean sopaipillas are traditionally served with either pebre (a sauce of onion, tomato, garlic, and herbs) or chancaca sauce (and then they are called sopaipillas pasadas). They are also served with mustard, ketchup, hot butter, avocado, cheese or manjar.[2][3][9] In Chile sopaipillas are traditionally made and eaten during days of heavy rain.[2] Chilean sopaipillas are round and made flat by holes, usually made by forks.

Sopaipillas pasadas is the name given to Central Chilean sopaipillas cooked with chancaca sauce


In Peru, the name for this fried pastry is cachanga, and it may be either sweet or sour.[1][11] Generally prepared during breakfast time, this traditional food of the Peruvian cuisine is prepared differently depending on the region,[11] with one of the recipes involving the usage of cinnamon.[1] The main difference between this form of sopaipilla and the other versions is that they are larger, thinner, and more rigid.[11]

United States

Sopapillas in New Mexican cuisine are distinct from Latin American sopapaillas. New Mexican sopapillas are pillow-shaped fried pastry dough. They are typically served in place of bread, or filled with savory ingredients such as ground beef. When served for dessert, they are often drizzled with honey or anise syrup.[12]

Sopaipilla and strudel were together designated as Texas' state pastries from 2003 to 2005.[6]


In Uruguay, a variant of the Sopaipilla is known as Torta frita.[7]

See also


  1. The places where sopaipilla are served include Argentina,[2] Bolivia,[2] Chile,[2][3] New Mexico (U.S.),[4] Colorado (U.S.),[5] Peru,[1] Texas (U.S.),[6] Uruguay[7] and Northern Mexico.[8]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Peru Handbook". Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Correa, Adriana. Comida de larga tradición Diario de Cuyo
  3. 1 2 Burford, Tim (March 2005). Chile: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 87.
  4. Chávez, Thomas E. (1 October 2006). New Mexico Past and Future. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 0-8263-3444-X.
  5. Painter, Kristen (March 28, 2014). "Casa Bonita celebrates 40 years of sopapillas and cliff diving". The Denver Post. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  6. 1 2 "Texas State Symbols". Texas State Library & Archives Commission website. 10 August 2009.
  7. 1 2 "Torta Frita Cuando Llueve". Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  8. Sabor a Mexico. "Sopaipilla". Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  9. 1 2 3 San Juan, Verónica. "¿Por qué se llaman como se llaman?" [Why are they called what they're called?]. Revista Mujer (in Spanish). La Tercera. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  10. Cynthia Detterick-Pineda.Recipe: New Mexico Sopapillas. URL:
  11. 1 2 3 llajua (25 June 2009). "Cachanga". Cookpad. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  12. Casey, Clyde (October 30, 2013). New Mexico Cuisine. UNM Press. p. 60. ISBN 9780826354181. Retrieved March 4, 2016.

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