We all knew when Mom was making Sopita. The savory smell would waft through the air and we came running. Some liked it soupy, some liked it chunky, some hot, some cold the next day. Mom made it for always every family gathering because her Dad made it for them as kids.
When I got married, I needed to learn to make it for myself…. errrr, I mean… for my family. (No, I meant for myself. Like eating it under a blanket with a flashlight).
“Sopita,” literally translated means “little soup” in Spanish. Come to find out, this term is used broadly among other Mexican families for any favorite family dish. It’s like a love word for something delicious. Mom remembers growing up with hot sopita and beans from la olla (“the pot” – pronounced oy-ya). She says it’s usually made without the cheese, but she added it for extra goodness.