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MEXICO: Shredded Roast Chicken on Sopes with Pumpkin Pesto

Updated: Jan 28



Shredded Roast Chicken on Sopes with Pumpkin Pesto


1 lb shredded chicken, off a rotisserie


Pumpkin Pesto

2 cups packed cilantro

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup toasted pepitas

1/3 cup finely grated parmesan

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons water

  1. Pulse cilantro, oil, pepitas, parmesan, land lime juice a food processor until finely chopped; season with salt


Sopes (can be bought precooked at many Latin markets)

1 1/2 cups masa harina

1 cup water

1 pinch salt

  1. Mix the masa and water together into a smooth consistency for about 3 to 5 minutes. If working in large amounts cover bowl with a damp towel to keep from drying out.

  2. Take a piece of the dough about the side of a cue ball, and roll into a firm ball. Place masa ball in the middle of two sheet of plastic wrap, and use a heavy book to apply pressure until ball pushes out to 4 to 5-inch diameter. (if edges of patty are cracked deeply the dough maybe too dry or if the patty does not remove from the plastic easily the dough maybe too moist – adjust accordingly.

  3. Heat a heavy pan to very hot. Place masa patty on pan without any oil, brown on both sides, approximately 1 minute on each side. Remove and let cool.

  4. While still warm, remove the center of the dough, and form the edges up, making a hollow tart like shell.

  5. Heat 1-inch of canola oil to 350 degrees F. Add sope shells to oil and cook on both sides until crispy and golden brown. Keep warm in a 250° oven.


Top with cooked chicken and pesto


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FUN FACTS:

  • The cotton-like balls produced by a Mexican leafless tree called the Kapoc was frequently used as the stuffing for baseballs before cheap synthetic fibers were produced.

  • Mexico has the world’s smallest volcano. The Cuexcomate, in the city of Puebla, is only… 43 feet tall!. It is considered to be inactive now, and it has a spiral staircase in side, just for tourists.

  • One unusual Mayan weapon was a “hornet bomb,” which was an actual hornet’s nest thrown at enemies during battle

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