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Sopa Tarasca

Sopa Tarasca

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A classic of the cuisine from Michoacán in Western Mexico, is made with a base of beans, tomatoes, and chillies. Topped with fried tortilla strips, queso fresco and Mexican crema.
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Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 50 minutes
Servings4 people


  • 8 corn tortillas preferably from La Tortilleria
  • 1 cup dry black beans
  • 3 ancho chillies
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ white or brown onion
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 150 g crumbly white cheese like mature feta or pecorino
  • Mexican cream to taste
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Soak the black beans in ½ litre of water and let them rest overnight - or for a minimum of 4 hours.
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  • Drain the water from the beans and put in a saucepan with ½ little of water and bring to boil. Once it is boiling add ¼ onion and salt. Reduce the heat to low flame and cook for at least 2 hours or until soft.
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  • Hydrate 2 ancho chillies without the seeds in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Char the tomatoes, garlic and ¼ onion in a hot pan. Blend all together with the chicken stock. Pour the salsa on a saucepan with a little bit of oil at low heat.
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  • Blend the beans with a little bit of the water that you use to cook it, salt and pepper to taste, then add the mixture to the salsa along with bay leaves, stir and cook for 5 more minutes.
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  • Cut the tortillas and the remaining ancho chilli into stripes. In a frying pan, heat enough oil to fry the tortillas, then put them in a bowl on top of a paper towel. Use the oil left on the frying pan to lightly brush the chilli.
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  • Remove the bay leaves and serve the salsa in a bowl, add the tortilla and chilli stripes, crumbled cheese, and cream to taste.
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  • ¡Buen provecho!
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Alternatively, you can use canned black beans with the broth in the tin. You will skip steps 1 and 2, which will save you about 2 hours plus the overnight soaking of the beans.