Sopapillas with Spicy Chocolate Sauce

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the sopaipillas:

  • Vegetable oil; as needed for frying
  • 4, 8-10 inch tortillas; cut into wedges or strips
  • Cinnamon sugar; for coating

For the sauce: Bring 1/4 cup water, the brown sugar and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the cocoa powder and spices until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.

For the sopapillas:

In a large pot or fryer, heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Working in batches, fry tortillas until bubbly and golden, turning once. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Drizzle with spicy chocolate sauce.