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If you love tacos you will sure love chalupas made out of fried masa-based dough. 

The good news is you can easily make this 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.

Want to learn how to make chalupas this Mexican crossover between a taco and a tostada. Made with homemade dough that is fried in taco shells or flat as tostada. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe #chalupas #chalupa #howtomakechalupas #friedbread #taco #tostadas

Chalupas ingredients

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:

  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Shortening or butter
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • 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. 

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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.

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. 

Want to learn how to make chalupas this Mexican crossover between a taco and a tostada. Made with homemade dough that is fried in taco shells or flat as tostada. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe #chalupas #chalupa #howtomakechalupas #friedbread #taco #tostadas

Fill your chalupas with

If you make these tasty chalupas you can fill them with loads of toppings. Take a look at these options:

Have fun trying these chalupas recipes!

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Want to learn how to make chalupas this Mexican crossover between a taco and a tostada. Made with homemade dough that is fried in taco shells or flat as tostada. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe #chalupas #chalupa #howtomakechalupas #friedbread #taco #tostadas
Want to learn how to make chalupas this Mexican crossover between a taco and a tostada. Made with homemade dough that is fried in taco shells or flat as tostada. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe #chalupas #chalupa #howtomakechalupas #friedbread #taco #tostadas
Want to learn how to make chalupas this Mexican crossover between a taco and a tostada. Made with homemade dough that is fried in taco shells or flat as tostada. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe #chalupas #chalupa #howtomakechalupas #friedbread #taco #tostadas

How to make chalupas

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 16 minutes
Want to learn how to make chalupas this Mexican crossover between a taco and a tostada. Made with homemade dough that is fried in taco shells or flat as tostada. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe #chalupas #chalupa #howtomakechalupas #friedbread #taco #tostadas

If you love tacos and tostadas then this is your recipe. These chalupas are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Learn how to make chalupas.

Ingredients

  • 2¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons shortening or butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying about 1 cup

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl
  2. Add the shortening or butter to the bowl. Mix by hand or use a fork
  3. Pour in the milk with the flour mixture. Take the wooden spoon and combine the ingredients into a dough ball
  4. 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  
  5. Roll the wedges in a ball and roll into a round circle with a rolling pin
  6. Preheat a skillet with the oil to medium-hot
  7. If you want taco shaped chalupas take a tong and carefully dip half of a chalupa circle into the hot oil
  8. 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
  9. If you like tostadas you can just fry the chalupas flat
  10. Take out of the pan and drain on a piece of paper towel 

Notes

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.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 312; Fat: 8g; Carbs: 52g; Protein: 11g;

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Want to learn how to make chalupas this Mexican crossover between a taco and a tostada. Made with homemade dough that is fried in taco shells or flat as tostada. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe #chalupas #chalupa #howtomakechalupas #friedbread #taco #tostadas

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    Nichole
    October 11, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Came over to peek at your chalupa recipe and found all kinds of treasures. Esp stoked to find a new cod fritter recipe and an excuse to hit the liquor store to find Licor 43. Lovely site!! Thanks for all of the kitchen inspiration.

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      Mireille
      October 11, 2019 at 7:10 am

      Hi Nichole,

      So good to read how you love all the recipes on my site and have found some kitchen inspiration! Hope to see you back here often.

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