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Chicken chalupa

The many flavors of a chalupa

Chalupa is a typical Mexican fast food dish that has many different ingredients and flavors. The dish consists of a soft, deep-fried masa dough shell (similar to a large tortilla) topped with your choice of meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and salsa. Some people prefer the chalupa without any toppings and others mix them in with their own favorite ingredients such as guacamole or sour cream.

What is a chalupa?

The word “chalupa” comes from the Nahuatl word for “boat” and refers to the shape of the dough boats that are typically filled with chicken or beef. Chalupas were first popularized in Mexico City, but they can now be found all over the country. They are often eaten as a snack or appetizer, and they can also be used as a vessel for other ingredients, such as guacamole or salsa.

Many people believe that chalupas are associated with Mexico City because they were first served there in the 1960s. However, they have become popular all over Mexico and even abroad thanks to their versatile nature and delicious fillings.

How to make homemade chalupa shells

There are a few ways to make chalupas masa dough. The most traditional way is to mix together the dry and wet ingredients by hand, kneading them until they form a dough. You can also use an electric mixer, though this will result in a less-fluffy dough. Once the dough has been formed, you’ll need to roll it out and cut it into desired shapes. Next, you’ll need to fry the chalupas in hot oil until they’re golden brown and crispy. Serve them with salsa and sour cream for a delicious meal!


Add 1 cup of flour
-1 teaspoon shortening
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 cup of water
-1 teaspoon of salt
-1 cup oil

How to prepare:

1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix all together until the dough forms a ball.
2. Add more water if needed.
3. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until it is smooth.
4. Let it rest for 30 minutes before shaping into chalupas.
5. Shape the chalupas by hand or using a big cookie cutter. Note: Chalupas are quite thick.
6. Preheat a skilled with oil on high heat and fry them for 1 minute on both sides until they are golden brown.
7. Put some paper over a dough roller and place the fried chalupas over it to form them in (taco) shells.

How many calories are in a chalupa?

A chalupa is a popular Mexican dish that consists of a folded tortilla filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables. Depending on the ingredients and recipe, a chalupa can contain anywhere from 100 to 500 calories.

Most chalupas are made from corn tortillas, which are usually fried in oil or margarine. The fillings for a chalupa can vary depending on what is available and in season, but common ingredients include beef, chicken, pork, beans, cheese, and salsa. In general, a chalupa contains about 200-250 calories.

The beef chalupa

There’s something about a chalupa that just makes it so darn craveable. Whether it’s the savory beef filling or the crispy outer shell, these little tacos always hit the spot. And while there are plenty of variations on this classic dish, the beef chalupa is often one of the most popular choices.

So what is in a beef chalupa?

Here’s a breakdown of its key ingredients and how to prepare them. The beef filling for a chalupa typically consists of:


– 2 pounds of ground beef,
Add 1 onion diced
-1 bell pepper diced
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1/2 chili powder
– 2 garlic cloves minced
– 2 diced tomatoes

How to prepare:

1. Start by cooking the ground beef until it’s browned and cooked through.
2. Then add in the onions and bell peppers and continue cooking until they are soft.
3. Finally, add in the tomatoes and bring everything to a boil before reducing heat and simmering for 15 minutes.
4. Once done simmering, stir in any desired spices before serving.

To make it taste great, you should add some sort of sauce or red chili salsa to it. Some people prefer to use pre-made sauces like barbacoa sauce or Guacamole, but you can also make your own if you have the ingredients on hand.

The chicken chalupa

One of the staples at any Mexican restaurant, the chalupa is a handheld food that can be filled with anything from ground beef to shredded chicken.

Here are four different types of chicken chalupas you can enjoy:

The Classic Chicken Chalupa: A classic chicken chalupa is made with seasoned ground chicken, raw red onion, sliced avocado strips and served in a fried chalupa.

The Southwest Chicken Chalupa: Made with shredded chicken, diced tomatillos, and creamy avocado, this version is perfect for fans of the southwest flavor profile.

The Chile Verde Chicken Chalupa: This variation is made with baked cripsy chicken pieces with green chilies and fresh cilantro, making it perfect for spice lovers.


-1 pound ground chicken
Add 1 raw red onion, diced
-1 avocado
-1 cup mayonnaise
-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-Salt and pepper, to taste
-6-8 chalupa shells

How to prepare:

1. Start by cooking your chicken breasts until they are cooked through.
2. Then, use a fork to pull the meat apart into small pieces.
3. Add the chicken to a bowl, and then add the avocado and mayonaise and your desired seasonings, chili powder, cumin, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
4. Mash everything together.
4. Once everything is mixed together, you can either put the mixture into a premade hot chalupa shell or form the mixture into balls and cover it with some raw chalupa dough and deep-fry them until they are crispy.

Serve the chicken chalupas topped with your favorite toppings (sour cream, salsa, cheese, etc.), and enjoy!

Toasted chipotle cheddar chalupa

Are you looking for a delicious and filling snack? Try out a toasted chipotle cheddar chalupa! This dish is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied. Made with fresh ingredients, this chalupa is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are grabbing it as a quick snack or enjoying it as part of a meal, this dish will be a hit.


– 2 chipotle peppers, sliced in thin strips
– 1 cup cream
– 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 1 can diced tomatoes
– salt, to taste
– pepper, to taste
– sour cream, for serving

How to prepare:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Place the strips chipotle peppers in a saucepan over high heat and cover it with the lid.
3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes until the peppers are soft.
6. Add the cream and flour and cheese to the same saucepan and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it’s slightly thickened.
7. Then fill a chalupa shell with this mixture and some more cheddar cheese on top and place them in the oven until everything is fully melted.

Serve immediately. Top with diced tomatoes and your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, before eating.

Tostada vs. Chalupa

Tostadas and chalupas are both Mexican dishes, but they have some key differences. Chalupas are usually thicker and rounder than tostadas, and they are often filled with beef or chicken. Tostadas, on the other hand, are thinner and more elongated, and they are commonly topped with cheese or sour cream. There are also variations of these two dishes that include different toppings and fillings, so it’s worth trying them out to see which one you like best!


Chalupas come in many different flavors, and sometimes it can be hard to decide which one to make. But don’t worry whether you’re in the mood for chicken beef or chipotle cheese chalupa, we’ve got you covered. Bon Appétit!