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These vegan sopes or sopes de nogada are topped with a walnut “meat”, refried mayocoba beans, tomatillo avocado salsa, queso fresco, and cilantro. They are meant to be eaten with your hands so you can bask in the glorious messiness of eating yet another variation of Mexico’s love affair with corn.

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red colored walnut meat on a cast iron pan with teal handle

La Vida Verde

This recipe is from the book La Vida Verde by Jocelyn Ramirez. Jocelyn is the founder of Todo Verde a plant-based Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. She is a former college professor who found the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle when her father was diagnosed with cancer a second time.

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This book is an amazing tribute to her family, culture, and traditions. With recipes like Mole Verde con Champiñones, Tamale Negro con Yaca, and Queso Quesadilla this book brings into the plant-based world authentic vegan Mexican recipes for the whole family. Honestly, this book is incredibly well written, and I am so happy to be sharing with you the work of another woman of color who is supporting and championing the community she came from. The book is available on pre-order now!

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What are sopes??

Sopes are a sort of thick small tortilla with a border along the edges. It is made out of masa harina or nixtamalized corn. Traditionally it is served with beans, cheese, lettuce and the main filling, but they can also have potatoes, radishes, and pickled jalapeños. In different regions of Mexico, they are also known as memelas, pellizcadas or picadas and they shape can vary from round to oval.

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How to make Sopes?

The easiest way to make sopes at home is with masa harina. I recently found one that is organic called Masabrosa! The ratio of water to masa harina is going to vary according to where you live and whether it is humid outside. The important thing to know is your prepared masa should be the texture of soft playdough, and you should be able to roll a small ball of dough without any cracks in it.

3 vegan sopes filled with beans, walnut meat, avocado salsa on a colorful talavera plate and yellow napkin underneath

The Recipe: Walnut and Bean Vegan Sopes

  • You can use the walnut seasoning to flavor tofu or TVP of you have an allergy to nuts
  • If you are looking for a crispier texture on the sopes you can fry them after having pinched the edges.
  • Be careful not to add too much liquid to your walnut seasoning or you will end up with a soupy concoction instead of a meaty texture.
  • Use canned refried beans and premade salsa for a super-fast version of this recipe
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a sope filled with refried beans topped with walnut meat, cheese and avocado salsa with a bite taken out of it on a talavera plate
a close up 3 vegan sopes filled with beans, walnut meat, avocado salsa on a colorful talavera plate and yellow napkin underneath

Walnut and Bean Vegan Sopes

These vegan sopes or sopes de nogada are topped with a walnut “meat”, refried mayocoba beans, tomatillo avocado salsa, queso fresco, and cilantro. Reprinted with permission from La Vida Verde by Jocelyn Ramirez, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: antojitos, avocado salsa, queso fresco vegan, walnut meat
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1413kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

For the Walnut Meat

  • 3 cups Raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. Nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves Garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup Cooking oil, plus 2 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste

For the Beans

  • 1/4 cup Cooking oil
  • 3 cups Cooked mayocoba beans, strained
  • 1/2 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup Vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Sopes

  • 3 cups Prepared masa harina (about 2 cups masa harina and 2 cups hot water)

Avocado Salsa

  • 3 Tomatillos, large, fire roasted
  • 1 Jalapeño, destemmed (deseeded if too spicy), fire roasted
  • 1-2 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 1/2 Medium Hass avocado
  • 1/4 bunch Cilantro
  • Salt, to taste

For Serving

Instructions

  • To make the walnut meat, use a food processor to break down the walnuts to small pieces similar to the size of ground beef pieces. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend the walnuts
1 cup (120 g) at a time. Add the ground walnuts to a bowl and set aside.
  • Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes, or until rehydrated. In the blender, place the rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes (reserve the hydrating water), liquid aminos, sugar, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, nutritional yeast, garlic, 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) of the oil, 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) of the water used to rehydrate the sun-dried tomatoes and salt. Blend until completely smooth and add the mixture to the bowl of ground walnuts. Mix until the walnuts are fully incorporated.
  • Coat the bottom of a sauté pan with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of oil, and preheat over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the walnut mixture to the pan. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the mixture slightly darkens, the walnut pieces soften and the flavors meld together. Taste for seasoning, adding more as needed. Set the walnut meat aside.
  • To make the beans, coat the bottom of a medium pot with the oil. Preheat the oil over medium heat and add the mayocoba beans, crushed red pepper flakes, cumin, bay leaf, vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Allow the beans to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, and use a bean smasher or hand-held emulsifier to smash the beans into a rough and slightly runny paste. Taste for seasoning, and add more as needed.
  • To make the sopes, preheat a comal or griddle over medium heat. Divide the masa into 1⁄4-cup (65-g) balls. You should have 12 balls. Use your hands to press the masa into thick 4-inch (10-cm) round disks, using your fingers to gently press any cracked edges. These will be thicker than tortillas and will take slightly longer to cook. Place each sope on the comal to cook for about 2 minutes. When the first side sears and the edges start to slightly dry, flip it over to the second side and cook for 2 more minutes. Flip the sope again and remove to a plate to slightly cool. Once each sope is cool enough to handle, use your fingers to pinch the edges, forming a rim around the edge of each sope. Put them back on the comal to heat through.
  • To make the avocado salsa, add the tomatillos, jalapeño, lemon juice, cumin, avocado, cilantro and salt to a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste for lemon juice and salt, and add more as needed.
  • To serve, add a layer of mayocoba beans to the bottom of each sope. It should be enough to fill the rim of the sope. Add the walnut meat over the beans, and top it with the salsa. Garnish with Queso Añejo and cilantro.

Notes

  • You can use the walnut seasoning to flavor tofu or TVP of you have an allergy to nuts
  • If you are looking for a crispier texture on the sopes you can fry them after having pinched the edges.
  • Be careful not to add too much liquid to your walnut seasoning or you will end up with a soupy concoction instead of a meaty texture.
  • Use canned refried beans and premade salsa for a super-fast version of this recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 4sopes | Calories: 1413kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 105g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 741mg | Potassium: 1803mg | Fiber: 26g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2892IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 14mg

Although dorastable.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.

This torta ahogada recipe or Mexican “drowned” sandwich is a crusty bread torta filled with refried beans and avocado slices, and drowned in a spicy chile de árbol salsa. It is a classic dish from Guadalajara, and it is not for the faint of heart or stomach! The recipe is from Jason Wyrick’s new book Vegan Mexico.  Jason is the chef and author behind Vegan Tacos and the blog The Vegan Taste.

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I am a huge fan of Jason and his recipes, so I was very excited when I received a copy of Vegan Mexico. It has taken me this long to write about it (the book was released in December), because I have been immersed in it since the day I got it! The book has over 100 recipes, all Mexican, and every one of them vegan. The recipes range from very easy to some more time consuming and complicated. My favorite part of the book is the stories and research behind the recipes. Each recipe giving you a little tid-bit of information on Mexican culture and tradition. It is exciting to see so many of my favorite recipes, and even some that I had not even thought of made vegan.

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The only thing I would change in the book, would be to add more pictures. There are a good number of pictures, but I think some of the recipes could benefit from step-by-step pictures. Some of my favorite recipes so far is of course this Torta Ahogada, the Tomato Black Bean Soup, and the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Mole Enchiladas.  Jason’s book is available on Amazon in paperback ($12.12)  and kindle format ($7.99).

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The Recipe: Torta Ahogada Recipe

This is like Jason Wyrick clearly states in his book, one of the spiciest meals you will ever eat. Legend says the sandwich was invented when a street vendor accidentally dropped a torta in a container of spicy salsa, this drowning it. If you would still like to try this, but aren’t a fan of heat, check the recipe notes for a non-spicy or less spicy version. Traditionally a crusty salted bread called birrote is used, but you can use french baguette or bolillo instead. Enjoy!

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This Torta ahogada recipe is a crusty bread torta filled with refried beans and avocado, and drowned in a spicy chile de arbol salsa.

Torta Ahogada

This Torta ahogada recipe is a crusty bread torta filled with refried beans and avocado, and drowned in a spicy chile de arbol salsa. Recipe from Vegan Mexico Cookbook.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 tortas
Author: Jason Wyrick

Ingredients

Tortas:

  • 2 Bolillo rolls or 6-inch long baguettes, split in half about 3/4 of the way
  • 1 cup Refried beans, using black beans, or store-bought refried black beans
  • 1 Ripe Hass avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

Sauce: (WARNING: See note)

  • 30 Chiles de árbol, stemmed, seeded, and rehydrated
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup White vinegar (white balsamic works best)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp. Dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Garnishes:

  • 2 Radishes, thinly sliced
  • 8 to 12 White pickled onions, separated into rings, or raw white onion rings (see note)
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

Tortas

  • Lightly toast the rolls or baguettes. Warm the beans and spread them evenly in each roll. Add the avocado slices. Place the sandwiches in bowls. 

Sauce:

  • In a blender or food processor, puree the rehydrated chiles de árbol, garlic, vinegar, water Mexican oregano, cumin, pepper, cloves, and salt. (Strain if you want a very smooth sauce.) Pour the sauce over the sandwiches. Garnish the sandwiches with the sliced radishes and pickled onions and serve with lime wedges. Eat these tortas with a fork and lots of napkins.

Notes

WARNING: This sandwich is hot, really hot! For a less spicy version omit the water and add 1 to 3 cups of crushed fire-roasted tomates to the salsa and omit or decrease the chiles de árbol to your taste. 
Another option is to make two sauces, a non-spicy tomato sauce and the chile de árbol sauce. This way you can drown your torta in the non-spicy tomato sauce and drizzle some of the árbol sauce on top.
You can find a recipe for pickled onions here and one for refried beans here. 
 

This recipe for spicy bean avocado toast (molletes) was one of my favorite dishes as a child, of course not the vegan version I’m sharing with you now, but the ones slathered in cheese. Oh cheese, melty, fatty, wonderful cheese! Sometimes I really miss cheese, but the avocado in this recipe makes up for it. I have a love hate relationship with vegan cheese, mostly hate, that’s why I don’t use it very often. Last week I tried making an almond cheese and the result was unfortunate. It looked like cheese, smelled like cheese, but it definitely was not cheese. I think I’ll just stick to nut sauces from now on.

Summer is creeping along, and we’ve exhausted our list of things to do. Bluffton is a small town and Hilton Head is a tourist trap right now. I briefly considered going home to Mexico for the rest of the summer, but the plane tickets are crazy expensive.

One if the things I’m really enjoying right now is cooking with the munchkin. He helps out with peeling vegetables, grating cheese, mixing, tossing and stirring. We are focusing on reading recipes, following directions, and cleaning. So far our favorite recipes are chocolate cupcakes,       carrot cake pancakes, and alphabet soup. It’s easier to involve him in baking, and it keeps him away from the stove. I really like that he’s proud of our creations. The other day we had our neighbor over to play and he said, ” Do you want to try my famous alphabet soup?” Things can get a bit messy, but what’s life without a little mess to it.

Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (molletes) is perfect for breakfast with toast slathered in refried beans, avocado slices, and salsa molcajeteada.

The Recipe: Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (Molletes)

You only need a couple of ingredients for this quick breakfast or lunch. They secret is really good bread! Slather the bread with beans, avocado, and top with salsa molcajeteada. You could also add slices of tomatoes or radishes. Enjoy!

Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (Molletes)

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Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 3 Bolillos, whole wheat
  • 1 ½ cups Refried beans
  • 2 Avocado, pitted, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Salsa, homemade

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Cut bolillos in half and place them on a sheet tray.
  • Toast in oven, face up, for 3 to 4 min or until golden brown on top.,
  • Remove from oven and spread warm beans on each half.
  • Top with avocado and homemade salsa.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Bolillos are easily found now in the bread department of local grocery stores, if you cannot find them whole wheat French bread will work as well.