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One of my favorite dinners growing up: Chalupas

Chalupas!My mother had this very simple meal in the weekly dinner rotation when I was growing up. With a bunch of hungry kids to feed, she could whip this up quickly when she got home for work, and the ingredients were affordable. It’s now a favorite in my own family. 5 ingredients (more if you’d like) and only 15 minutes. Here’s a 1 minute how-to video that I created in conjunction w/ GoodBite and their series on  Real Fast Food. Just click the photo below to begin the video.

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Yield: 4 servings (8 chalupas)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min



Nonstick cooking spray
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas- or use corn if you'd like, but they should be fried first
2 cups refried beans
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese blend
1 cup fresh salsa
1 cup sour cream
2 cups finely chopped lettuce (optional)
1 cup guacamole (optional)


1. Preheat the broiler. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place 4 tortillas on the baking sheet and heat on the center rack in the oven for 4 minutes.

2. Remove the baking sheet from oven and turn over the tortillas. Spread each tortilla with 1/4 cup refried beans and top with 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until the cheese is hot and bubbling and the tortillas are crisp, 5 to 7 more minutes. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

3. Serve immediately, topping each tortilla with salsa & sour cream. Add lettuce and guacamole too, if desired.


*In Mom's original recipe, she used corn tortillas, fried lightly in oil, and proceeded with the recipe as instructed.
*Have leftover taco meat? Crumble it on top to make this meal more substantial.
*This recipe is gluten-free adaptable- use GF corn tortillas instead of flour, and make sure that the refried beans and salsa that you're using do not contain any gluten.


17 Responses to “One of my favorite dinners growing up: Chalupas”

  1. postedSep 24, 2010 8:42 AM

    I’m such a dork, but I love saying “chalupa.” LOL These look delish!

  2. postedSep 24, 2010 11:13 AM

    I agree with Michelle above-this name needs to be said over & over again. This recipe looks wonderful & needs to be tried asap. Thanks for including the video!

  3. postedSep 24, 2010 11:16 AM

    Great dinner idea! Quick, fast, and tasty!

  4. postedSep 24, 2010 7:26 PM

    This would be a favorite at my house, I already know it!
    Hey…what was the brand name of the tortillas you were talking about in Arkansas? I looked when I was at Costco on Monday but didn’t see them.

    • postedSep 24, 2010 7:39 PM

      @Kristen, Hey Kristin- it’s TortillaLand Fresh Tortillas. They should be in the refrigerated section. Ask the manager!

  5. postedSep 24, 2010 10:08 PM

    Fabulous Lori, I love recipes that are easy and quick, but you know that don’t you?

  6. postedSep 25, 2010 4:03 AM

    Wow, this recipe is so simple. I’ve never had chalupas but they sound quick, easy, and fun!

  7. postedSep 25, 2010 4:21 AM

    I made some mini chalupas a few months ago, still have the pictures sitting on my hard drive, never posted them LOL! These look great Lori!

  8. postedSep 25, 2010 7:57 AM

    I mostly have to comment because I love the ‘weekly dinner rotation’ reminder of growing up. So true! There were six of us kids so though my mom was a good cook, you could count on spaghetti, meatloaf, burgers and similar dishes a lot. No chalupas doggone it…but I think foods were more regionally segregated too. I remember her bringing avocado to the table after visiting Mexico with a neighbor and sadly, I remember refusing to touch it.

    My, how things have changed…not only the availability and more widespread use of so many different ingredients…but how much I love avocado!

  9. postedSep 25, 2010 9:41 PM

    We call these tostadas at our house. We use everything on your list, plus we add taco meat every time. Whenever I have this for guests, they’re always amazed and act like they’ve never seen anything like it. That’s weird to me, since it’s been in my family for 35 years!

  10. postedSep 26, 2010 6:19 AM

    Yum! Quick, simple and delicious. I would make mine with the corn tortillas so they are gluten-free. Speaking of which, how’s your mom doing since going gf?

    • postedSep 26, 2010 6:44 AM

      @Carol, Simply…Glut, She’s doing very well, thanks for asking. I think she has been surprised how many things she CAN still eat & there are a lot of good GF products on the market too.

  11. postedSep 26, 2010 1:13 PM

    I make these all the time and love them yours look great!

  12. postedSep 26, 2010 2:29 PM

    Mmmm, these look so tasty and easy!!

  13. postedOct 22, 2012 6:46 PM
    max ortiz

    how many does it severe

    • postedOct 23, 2012 7:44 PM

      4 (2 chalupas per person)

  14. postedMay 30, 2013 9:59 PM

    Aloha Lori,

    Loved your quick recipe but what I really loved was that you have a great speaking voice, direct and to the point!

    Cheers or Salud!


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