Vegetarian Chalupa – A Crispy Mexican Bread

A chalupa is a tostada platter in Mexican cuisine.  Chalupas are made by pressing a thin layer of  dough around the outside of a small mold or  folding it like a taco and then deep frying to produce crisp, shallow cups. These are filled with various ingredients such as shredded chicken, pork, chopped onion, chipotle pepper, red salsa, and green salsa etc.. 

This  is the  second recipe  for  first week BM,  theme  Tortilla based dishes.


2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon  Butter or oil
Water for kneading the dough
Oil for frying
Mold for making the chalupa

For Making Dough

Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) together.

Add in oil and mix it thoroughly throughout the dough.

Knead the dough using water . Keep kneading till it all comes together and dough feels soft. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes to rest.

For Making Shells

Flour  the work surface 
and shape the dough like a flattened cylinder. Cut it into equal parts.

Roll each part between both palms to make a ball. Roll out each ball using a rolling pin into a small disc.  

Place the disc on the oiled mold and press it evenly, remove the excess flour from the top (see pic)

In the meantime heat oil over medium flame in a deep frying pan.

You can check if the oil is hot enough by dropping a little dough ball (of the size of a corn) in oil. If the dough ball rises immediately, the oil is ready. If it takes time, let the oil heat for a couple of minutes more.

Once the oil is ready, drop the mold in the oil.

The mold will rise up on the oil and will puff up. Let it fry till the mold will loosen side for 1 minute  or two and the chalupa is crisp.

With a pair of tongs release the mold, pick up the chalupa and flip it to the other side 
till both sides are light golden and crispy.  Repeat the process and make rest of the chalupas.

Ingredients for the filling

A can of Baked Bean
2 Cups of Sweet corns - boiled
2 Cups of Capsicum - cut into cubes
2 Cups  Onions - finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Oregano
Salt  and pepper to taste
1 Cup Salsa Sauce
1 Cup Sour Cream
Cheese as required for topping
Lettuce leaves as required


Open the can of baked beans and stir fry till the moisture dries,  add the oregano and pepper to taste .  Cool and keep aside.

To assemble

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

After everything’s prepared, all you need to do is stuff it in your fried shell.

In the chalupa place the  lettuce leaves add the baked beans then add the onion on top, with some the capsicum, sweet corns, oregano and pepper powder to taste,  sour cream, salsa sauce then sprinkle grated cheese. 

Place the chalupas in the oven and bake for 3 -5 minutes or till the cheese melts.   

Serve immediately. Make and enjoy these crispy, crunchy and cheesy chalupas, we had for our dinner. 

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Labels : Chalupa, Mexican, Vegetarian, Sandwiches, Blogging Marathon
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Making this from scratch sounds so interesting..very nice dish.

  2. I am liking your theme this week and how you are making everything from scratch.

    1. yes I took the short cut and used store bought corn tortillas

  3. chalupas are my favourite type of tacos ...looks too delicious...

  4. Love this vegetarian chalupa..great recipe, nicely done.

  5. This theme brings out a lot of colorful and tasty recipes on the plate :-). Looks great and kudos on starting from scratch.

  6. Wow, lovely mexican chalupa, wat an interesting dish that too u made it from the scratch,u rock Sneha.

  7. Wow Love this and the fact that you are making everything from scratch.

  8. Very interesting. I love the mould you have.

  9. I am very impressed that you are making everything fro scratch! Lovely dish and this is my favorite :)

  10. I like your version of chalupas. Looks great with the filling.

  11. We love ordering chalupas at the fast food place. Your homemade version looks amazing.

  12. looks superb, love the way you have made the chalupa's and that filling is totally tempting!! :)

  13. This dish looks so interesting and so nice to see that you made it from the scratch!!!

  14. almost like katori chaat ....This looks so yummm

  15. Wow very interesting idea.Looks so yummy.

  16. Wow making shells is new to me looks too good bookmarking this recipe specially for those shells recipe nice one.

  17. wow. This is an awesome post. will be making this soon

  18. It is impressive that you prepared the dish from the scratch. It looks great.