The good news is you can easily make these taco-like shells yourself with a limited number of ingredients. It requires a little skill and it is a full meal. So are you ready to learn how to make chalupas? Let’s get started!
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So what is a chalupa? Chalupas can be mostly found in the south of Mexico and is a cross-over between tostadas and tacos.
You can make them flat and round like tostada or fold and fry them like a taco that is totally up to you.
A chalupa is made out of flour dough and a thicker kind of shell that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
It is almost like fried bread. Maybe that is why I like it so much because the smell and taste of anything fried make me want to eat.
To make chalupas you need a limited number of ingredients that you most likely have in your fridge and kitchen cabinet.
Make sure you have the following ready when you start:
- Shortening or butter
- Baking powder
- Vegetable oil
If you have self-raising flour in your kitchen cabinet you need even fewer ingredients and can then omit the flour, baking powder, and salt.
How To Make Chalupas
The most important part of this recipe is the dough so that is what we start with. Take a large bowl and add the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Stir it through thoroughly with a wooden spoon before you add the shortening or butter if you do not have butter. Mix by hand or use a fork.
Then it is time to pour in the milk with the flour mixture. Take the wooden spoon and combine the ingredients into a dough ball.
Knead the dough on a floured board into a big ball. Flatten the ball and cut into 4 wedges for 4 big chalupas or 8 if you want small chalupas.
Roll the wedges in a ball and roll into a round circle with a rolling pin about ¼ inch thick.
Then preheat a skillet with the oil to medium-hot and test to see if the oil is hot enough and add a small piece of dough.
If the dough starts bubbling straight away the oil is hot enough.
If you want taco-shaped chalupas take a tong and carefully dip half of a chalupa circle into the hot oil.
When the dough is light brown, flip the chalupa bread and fry the other half of the chalupa shell. This takes about a minute to 2 minutes per side.
If you like tostadas you can just fry the chalupas flat. Take out of the pan and drain on a piece of paper towel.
Fill Your Chalupas With
If you make these tasty chalupas you can fill them with loads of toppings. Take a look at these options:
- Shredded chicken
- Roasted tomato salsa
- Ground beef
Have fun trying these chalupas recipes!
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