quote:Typical recipe for Americanized Chalupa
Originally posted by bluewrox
How do you make a replica of taco bell chalupa.Any ideas?? I sometimes find that chicos call it tostada shells sometimes gordita shells.I am not sure if they are all the same.I want to know how chalupa shell is made of exactly.
6 cups of refried beans
Half a pound of grated cheddar cheese
1 large tomato, chopped
3 cups of lettuce, shredded
In a small skillet, heat about half an inch of vegetable oil. Test the oil for the correct temperature by putting in a small piece of tortilla. If the oil immediately bubbles frantically and the quickly becomes crips then the oil is at the right heat. This is important because a low temperature will result in the tortilla boiling, rather than frying, and will produce an unpleasantly fatty and soggy chalupa shell.
Fry the tortilla completely flat in the fat, on both sides, until very crisp. Drain and keep the fried tortilla warm on a newspaper covered cookie sheet in a warm oven. Spread a layer of refried beans on each fried tortilla, about a quarter of an inch thick. Top with a generous amount of grated cheddar cheese and about table spoon of chopped onion.
Place the assembled chalupas on a cookie sheet and brown under broiler until the cheese melts and begins to bubble. Watch them carefully at this stage, as they can burn quite quickly. Top with shredded lettuce and tomato, and serve immediately.