If you love Chalupas from Taco Bell, you will love this Homemade Mexican Chalupas recipe!
Learn to make Homemade Chalupas by making this crisp and soft dough from scratch.
When I was younger I worked at a few fast food places. The first place I worked was at McDonald’s. I remember when I aced the interview and was hired on the spot! To me, that was one step closer to financial freedom. I also worked for Subway and Taco Bell. Although there are a lot of negative feelings associated with working in fast food, when you are a teenager the one perk you look forward to when working at a fast-food restaurant is the free meal you get during your shift. When working at all three of those restaurants, I tried just about everything on the menus that I could.
I had my favorites at all three, but at Taco Bell I loved Chalupas!
All you need is
- Baking powder
How to make the dough to chalupas
Mix all of those ingredients into a ball of dough and you have the basis for the chalupa bread. Of course, you divide the dough and fry it as you normally would. You will then fill the chalupa bread with your favorite taco fillings such as ground beef, chicken, or steak and lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream! You can fill the chalupas with whatever you want. This Homemade Mexican Chalupas recipe allows you to be as versatile as you want. You can fry the chalupa bread and set out different toppings and let everyone serve themselves.
I watched this video to learn how to make chalupa bread and this one. They both were helpful.
Cast Iron Skillet
- 2 ¼ c. flour
- 1 tbsp. Baking powder
- ½ tsp. Salt
- 1 oz. shortening
- 1 c. milk
- Canola oil, for frying
- 1 lb. ground beef, cooked
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Diced tomatoes
- Sour cream
- Taco sauce
- Heat the oil in a heavy duty shallow skillet such as a cast iron skillet.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and shortening. Use a fork to mix the ingredients together. Pour the milk into the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to mix ingredients in with the milk to form a ball of dough.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll until smooth. Mold the dough into a loaf about 8 inches. Divide the dough in half, then into fourths. See the picture above. Roll each individual section into a ball and roll out the small ball of dough into a round circle about 4-5 inches wide.
- Use tong and carefully dip half of the chalupa dough into the hot oil. Once that half of the dough has begun to fry up but not quite brown, flip the chalupa bread with the other half of the dough frying in the oil. This is if you want to try to have the chalupas have the dip on the bottom for your fillings. If it doesn’t matter to you, just fry on both sides for 2 minutes until golden brown and remove from oil onto cooling rack lined with paper towels.
- Fill your chalupas with beef, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream. Top with taco sauce if desired.