An authentic chalupa is one of Mexico’s most delicious street foods, or antojitos, meaning “little snack.” These tiny boat-shaped corn shells are typically made from a classic masa harina dough. Sometimes, chalupas are thicker, like sopes, or thinner, like tostadas, and topped with salsa cheese and lettuce.
One may also ask, is chalupa a beef?
Add seasoned beef, a three-cheese blend, lettuce, tomatoes, and reduced fat sour cream, and you get a Dante-esque culinary anomaly. The only greater fried magic trick known to man is turning arbitrary dough splashes, into funnel cake. Now that is nothing short of a miracle.
Consequently, is chalupa a Taco Bell thing?
Meat Boat Ahoy!
Chalupa is not a made up word, created by those innovative people over at Taco Bell®.
What is the difference between a chalupa and a tostada?
The difference between a tostada and a chalupa is the shape of the corn tortilla. Because the word “chalupa” means “boat” in Spanish, there’s a slight curve to a chalupa that can make it looks pretty similar to a taco. A tostada is also fried but is laid flat to better hold all of its toppings!
The shell for this chalupa recipe is a version of Native American fry bread (also called Navajo fry bread) which I discovered and fell in love with on a camping trip in Arizona with my brother. I shape the dough into the size of a small tortilla and fry the disc of dough, making the taco shell.
Taco Bell’s Steak Chalupa Supreme features a deep-fried chalupa shell filled with carne asada (steak), reduced fat sour cream, shredded lettuce, their three cheese blend (Cheddar, Pepper Jack, and Mozzarella) and diced tomatoes.
A crunchy and chewy flatbread filled with our chef recommended Mexican Paneer, Creamy Jalepeno crisp shredded lettuce, a two-blend cheese and diced ripe tomatoes . You may opt to choose & swap with other choices of veg protein.
At Taco Bell:
Taco Bell’s chalupa starts with a deep-fried corn-based flatbread (similar to a pita), filled with ground beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream.
Chalupas are a Mexican antojito, or snack, made from fried masa (corn dough) with a savory filling. The word chalupa comes from the Spanish word for shallop (or small sailboat), a reference to the masa cake’s concave shape.
You can enjoy a Tex-Mex chalupa with your hands, much like an oversized nacho, though usually it’s approached with a knife and fork. But it is never, ever folded in half as the fried tortilla is far too brittle. Attempting to bend a chalupa would create a mess as it would shatter in your hands.
At Taco Bell, a gordita is more akin to a pliable pita flatbread, stuffed with the fast food chain’s usual suspects of ingredients — watery tomatoes, shredded lettuce, a sprinkling of cheese, a dollop of sour cream and whatever meat the fast food giant is promoting that day.