For an easy-to-make appetizer packed with flavor, try these bite-sized black bean sopes featured in Sandra Lee’s summer kickoff party.

Evite Sandra Lee Black Bean Sopes


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Yield: Makes 12 sopes


  • 1 tube (18 ounces) prepared polenta
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup plus 3/4 cup bottled salsa
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 1

    Cut 1 tube prepared polenta cross-wise into twelve 1/2-inch-thick rounds. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat and cook polenta for 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and heated through. Remove from oil and drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

  • 2

    In a medium bowl, combine beans, 1/2 cup salsa and 2 teaspoons hot sauce. Mash beans with a fork or potato masher.

  • 3

    In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, lime juice and remaining tablespoon hot sauce and mix until well blended.

  • 4

    Build sopes by spreading about 2 tablespoons mashed black beans on top of each fried polenta round. Top each with a small amount of shredded lettuce and 1 tablespoon salsa and drizzle with some of the sour cream mixture.

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