Mexican Ground Turkey served on Authentic Sopes

This recipe is the second in my Cinco De Mayo series. For your appetizer see my post for Mexican Black Bean Dip.

This recipe is a twist on basic taco meat filling. I use ground turkey quite often in our house and I am always looking for ways to use it instead of beef. The little sweet peppers used in this recipe are awesome. I found them at my local Kroger’s produce department. I made an authentic Sope (pronounced “SOH-peh”) as the base for the filling.

Sope is as popular in Mexico as is the tortilla and is made with the same ingredients. It is a thick, hand formed type of tortilla, with the edges crimped into a shallow bowl, when fried it becomes a container for lots of different fillings. It will take you a few times to get the thickness right. If you don’t have the time or patience for Sopes, this filling works great for tacos or enchiladas.


Ground Turkey Filling


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 med onion diced

3/4 cup sweet peppers diced

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 cup fresh corn (1 ear) or frozen

1 1/2 lb ground turkey

1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon Mexican chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (7.6 oz) can chipolte sauce (I use La Costena)

1 (7.6 oz) can Homestyle Mexican salsa (La Costena)

1/4 cup water


Heat oil in large pan over medium heat

Add chopped vegetables to pan and saute for six minutes until softened

Add meat to vegetables and brown

Drain off excess oil

Stir in salt, coriander, cumin, oregano, and chili powder

Cook for 2 minutes

Add sauces and water, bring to a simmer

Turn temp to low and let simmer for 10 minutes


1 cup masa harina
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.Put the masa harina in a large bowl. Mix on low with until mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides.

It should take only a minute or two.

You want a nice, moist dough, so work in a little more warm water if it’s dry. If it’s sticky, work in a little more masa harina.

Separate the dough into four equal pieces and roll each one into a ball.

Put the balls on a plate and cover them with plastic wrap to keep the dough from drying out.

One at a time, roll them out with a rolling pin or clean wine bottle until they’re a thin circle about 1/4-inch thick.

Add a little of the oil in a skillet or griddle and heat it over medium-high heat until hot.

Carefully add the first sope and cook it until little brown blisters appear on the bottom, about 45 seconds.

Flip it over with a spatula and cook for another 30 to 45 seconds. Flip it over again, count to 10 and transfer to the towel-lined baking sheet.


Keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining 3 sopes (adding a little more oil if you need to)

“Sope recipe modified from:”

Top warm dopes with a layer of black refried beans, topped with the meat filling. IMG_1503

Add other toppings of your choice.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

21 thoughts on “Mexican Ground Turkey served on Authentic Sopes”

  1. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday we don’t have in the UK (for obvious reasons!) but I so wish we did! Any excuse to eat Mexican food is fine by me, and this dish looks yummy! I’d already planned my meals for this week but I am totally going to have to change everything having seen some of these great recipes at the Fiesta! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks. Very yummy and easy. The trick with using ground turkey is to season while you are browning the meat. I use it or a mix of turkey and beef often.

  2. Looks delicious with great spices! Also very interested in your sope. I must try to find time to make this – thanks for sharing! 🙂 Oh, and also wanted to say thanks for the post on Reddit – there was quite a bit of traffic. It’s the first time I’ve visited the site and the baking Reddit looks interesting! Happy 5 de mayo to you! 🙂

    1. Your welcome. Reddit is different. Follow the rules. Try to post others posts most of the time. I think their ratio is 10 -1. It can drive traffic if we post each others recipes. Glad you stopped by and liked my recipe. Happy Cinco de.mayo

      1. Thanks for the info! I’m going to check Reddit out and the rules then will be back in touch with you about posting! 🙂

      2. when I found reddit I got a little over zealous and the overlords banned me. 😡 I had to throw myself on the mercy to get back in. Don’t use your blog name as your username and you do not need to use an email to sign up. I try to post good recipes from other bloggers to help them out. Have a great day.

      3. Thanks for the tips! I’m not very into networking so probably won’t be too zealous! Happy to hear they let you back in anyway.. 🙂 I’d already signed up with my blog name… oops. Will see… Have a great weekend too!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I try to create unique recipes from everyday food. It’s basically what I feed my family and friends. Happy FF!!

  3. I had no idea you made sopes before I did! Didn’t have the chance to visit ALL the links until today. It’s good to have different versions!! I’ve actually never tried them with ground turkey. Your recipe sounds super delicious, especially with the fresh corn. I’m going to remember that next time I make my taco filling. 🙂

    1. Thanks Angie. Actually, lately for my southwestern dishes I have been using a frozen blackbean, corn, pepper medly made by private selection brand (KROGERS) Works great mixed in with the meat filling. Also use it for my southwest egg rolls (need to post the recipe) Thanks for stopping by and looking around my little blog. If you have any advice let me know. I’m just getting started. Quinn

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