What Is A Chalupa?

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Chalupa is a dish that originated in central Mexico, which consists of a fried corn tortilla shaped like a boat and filled with a variety of savory ingredients. Chalupas are typically served at Mexican restaurants, but they also appear on menus throughout Latin America and in the United States. They are typically stuffed with meat, cheese, beans, and other ingredients.

Chalupas are often filled with refried beans, shredded chicken, and cheese. Some restaurants serve them with sour cream and guacamole.

They are sometimes topped with salsa verde (green sauce) or pico de gallo (fresh tomato salsa).

What Are Chalupas Made Of?

Chalupas can be made out of many different types of dough. The most common type of chalupa is called a “flour” chalupa. This is a basic recipe that uses flour as its main ingredient. It’s similar to a corn tortilla in texture.

A chalupa can also be made using masa harina, which is finely-ground cornmeal used in some parts of Mexico. Masa harina chalupas tend to have a thicker consistency than flour chalupas.

Another type of chalupas is a “chicharron” chalupa, which is made by frying pork rinds until crispy. These are very popular in some parts of Texas, particularly San Antonio.

How Do I Make Chalupas At Home?

Making your own chalupas is relatively easy. They’re also really fun to make, and you can make delicious chalupas just like the ones you’ll find at your favorite local Mexican restaurant. 

You’ll need a few basic ingredients, such as flour, oil, eggs, salt, and pepper. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 cup lukewarm water

To prepare chalupas, follow these steps:


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  • Whisk together the eggs and oil in a separate bowl.
  • Gradually add the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Stir well until combined.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out about ⅓ cup of batter and place it onto a hot skillet. Cook for about 30 seconds, then flip over and cook for another 30 seconds. Repeat this process until all the batter has been used.
  • Add your favorite toppings, and serve your chalupas warm.

Tips & Tricks

  • If you’re making these at home, try adding more or less flour, depending on how thick you want your chalupas.
  • To get rid of excess moisture, let chalupas cool completely before placing them in an airtight container if you want to use them later. 
  • Use a nonstick skillet when making chalupas so that they don’t stick.
  • Make sure to cook chalupas just until golden brown. Overcooking will cause them to become hard and dry.
  • Try topping chalupas with fresh cilantro instead of salsa, if you prefer.
  • Add chopped jalapeños to the mix for a spicy twist.
  • Mix the flavors by adding black olives, green onions, or diced tomatoes.
  • Go ahead and top chalupas with whatever toppings you prefer.  Get creative with it!

What’s The Difference Between Taco And Chalupa Antojitos?

Taco antojitos are tacos that are traditionally eaten in Mexico. They are generally smaller than traditional tacos and are often served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and other garnishes.

Taco antojitos are typically sold alongside burritos and quesadillas. They are considered more of a snack compared to chalupas.

What’s The Best Way To Eat Chalupas?

There are many ways to enjoy chalupas. Some people prefer eating their chalupas straight from the pan. Others enjoy wrapping each chalupa individually in foil and heating them in the oven. 

Still, others enjoy eating their chalupa by dipping pieces of bread in a little bit of sauce before putting them in their mouth. Whatever method you decide to use, just make sure that you’re enjoying your chalupas. 

If you love chalupas but find yourself eating too much of them, here are some tips to help you control your appetite:

  • Eat slowly. Don’t wolf down your chalupas right away. Take time to savor each bite.
  • Keep things interesting. Experiment with different toppings. Try mixing up the flavor combinations.
  • Avoid overeating. Don’t stuff yourself.
  • Enjoy a glass of milk after a meal. Milk helps slow digestion and reduce feelings of hunger.
  • Drink lots of water. Water keeps you hydrated and prevents you from feeling hungry.
  • Get plenty of rest. Sleep deprivation makes you feel hungrier and less able to resist food temptations.
  • Stay active. Exercise can boost energy levels and keep you feeling satisfied longer.
  • Have fun. Be creative! Create new recipes and come up with new ways to enjoy chalupas.
  • Treat yourself. Reward yourself every once in a while.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Chalupas Hard Or Soft?

Chalupas are usually made with corn tortillas. However, you may also find them made with wheat tortillas. The texture of chalupas depends on which type of tortilla you choose.

Soft chalupas tend to be made with softer wheat tortillas, while hard chalupas are made with harder corn tortillas.

Can I Freeze Chalupas? 

Yes, you can freeze chalupas if they have not been reheated. Simply wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container.

To reheat frozen chalupas, simply microwave them for two minutes per side. Just ensure you only reheat them one time and not multiple times.

Can I Use My Own Tortillas Instead Of Corn Tortillas? 

If you would like to try making chalupas using your own homemade tortillas, you can certainly do so. Just remember to adjust the amount of liquid you use when cooking the chalupas.

For example, if you’re using corn tortillas, you will want to use more water than if you were using flour tortillas.

What Is The Difference Between A Burrito And A Chalupa? 

Burritos typically are filled with some kind of meat and refried beans and cheese rolled up in a flour tortilla. 
Chalupas, on the other hand, are more similar to a stuffed flatbread or pita, which is then deep-fried. 

The contents of a chalupa can sometimes be similar to a burrito, but they vary depending on where you get them from.  


Chalupas are a fun and delicious Mexican dish that you can make at home quickly and easily. 

It’s really up to you what you decide to fill your chalupas with, but we suggest black beans, sour cream, queso sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and grated cheese for the best results. 

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