L’s mom told her about this vegetarian recipe, and we thought it would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo. We modified it just a little – Joe and L loved the results!
Black Bean Sopes adapted from Sandra Lee Semi Homemade
Makes: 12 sopes
Start to Finish: 35 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
What You Need:
  • 1 (18-ounce) package prepared polenta (check your refrigerated produce section!)
  • vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 red, yellow or green bell pepper, diced
  • few dashes cumin
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons hot sauce (like Texas Pete)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • juice from one lime
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce, herb mix, or other greens

Directions

  • Spray a skillet or saute pan with cooking spray and saute diced onions and peppers over medium heat for a few minutes, until soft.
  • Combine with the drained and rinsed beans and a few dashes of cumin. Mash the mixture with a potato masher or fork so that it holds together.
  • Slice the polenta in half. Then slice each half into 9 rounds, about 1/4-inch thick, so that you have 18 rounds total. Spray a saute pan with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Gently slide 6 or 7 polenta slices into the pan using a spatula. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel-lined sheet tray. Repeat with remaining polenta slices.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, 1 tablespoon hot sauce and lime juice and stir until well blended.
  • Build the sopes by spreading about 2 tablespoons mashed black bean mixture on top of each fried polenta round. Top with a small amount of shredded lettuce, a teaspoon of the sour cream mixture, and another dash of hot sauce (if desired).

These were DELICIOUS and super easy to make. You could also top them with a dollop of salsa verde. We used Sun Dried Tomato Polenta (couldn’t find plain), and we think the extra flavor only added to the dish.

The Glitter Life Black Bean Sopes

The Glitter Life Black Bean Sopes