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A perfect alternate to taco or tostada!


Ingredients for the shell:

  • 1 ½ cup self-rising flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup warm milk

Put the flour and oil in a bowl. Mix the oil in the flour. Add half the warm milk and start mixing with your hands. Now add a little milk at a time to form a soft but pliable dough. Cover and set aside.

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 can refried beans or black beans, remove and warm in a bowl

  • 2 cups finely shredded lettuce

  • 2 tomatoes, diced fine

  • 4 stems green onions, diced fine

  • 1 cup cheese, shredded (Marble Jack, Cheddar or jalapeno pepper cheese)

  • ½ cup sliced olives

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 4 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoon sour cream

  • 2 tablespoon lime or lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave

  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (regular or smoked)

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoon water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl till it is all combined into smooth sauce. Set aside.

To make the shells:
Divide the dough in 8 balls. Roll out each ball in 7-8 inch diameter. Take a fork and prick thru the pastry. (This will help for the pastry not to puff too much). Roll all the 8 balls and set aside.
Take a deep-frying pan and fill oil about one inch deep. Heat the oil.
Fry each round at a time on each side for about 30 seconds. Now with the help of a tong, gently fold the dough in half while it’s frying. Hold the dough in that shape with the tongs for about 30-45 seconds on each side. Roll it over in the oil and cook evenly till golden brown. The chalupa should have formed the shape of a taco shell. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel to absorb access oil. Repeat frying each round of dough to form a chalupa.

How to assemble the Chalupa:
Take a shell. Spread beans on the inner side of the shell. Fill the shell with lettuce, tomato, green onions, olives and cheese. Garnish with cheese and a drizzle of the sauce. Enjoy!

[Serves 4]