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Chalupa (Veggie) – Taco Bell Style!!

We love Mexican food. Burritos, tacos, nachos, salsa and chalupas!! Our favorite Mexican fast food chains are Chipotle and Taco Bell. We can never resist eating at Taco Bell when we pass by the store, chalupas are like our weakness, hehe…Here, I have just tried to recreate the Chalupa that you get at Taco Bell, if you have never had it before, please do!! Chalupa is a fried bread that is filled with meat/beans, lettuce, sour cream, cheese and salsa. We like to add some Mexicali rice too. So here, I have created my Chalupa Bar, with the recipes for fried bread, pinto beans and Mexicali rice. The fried bread is very similar to the Indian bread ‘Bhatura’, only difference is chalupa uses milk and bhatura uses yogurt.

This is definitely a time consuming recipe. But the best part is, you can make everything ahead of time and keep. All you have to do is assemble everything when you are ready to eat. So this is ideal food for parties too.

Chalupa Fry Bread


Makes about 8 6″ chalupas

Ingredients:

All Purpose flour – 2 1/2 cups
Baking powder – 1 tsp(you could use just a pinch of this or avoid it, as too much causes bloating)
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Oil/Shortening – 1 tbsp
Milk – 1 cup
Oil – for deep frying

Method:

  • Mix dry ingredients together.
  • Cut in shortening; then add milk to form a soft pliable dough. Cover and rest the dough for 10 mins.
  • Shape dough into a long cylinder; cut into 8 equal parts.
  • Flour hands, then work the pieces into 6″ tortillas(about 1/8th inch thick). Punch holes throughout to make holes. If you omit this step, the bread will be very soft and tender. If you make the holes, the bread will be crispy and ideal for fillings.
  • Fry in oil until golden brown on both sides(until the bubbles subside).

Tip: As soon as you drop the tortilla into the oil, use gentle pressure your spatula to keep the tortilla submerged throughout. This will help the bread cook evenly.

You can make these ahead of time and warm them for 20 secs in the microwave before serving to make them soft. If you don’t warm them before serving, they will be brittle and thus break when you fold them.

Beans

Ingredients:

Cooked Pinto/Kidney beans – 1 cup
Onion – 1 small(chopped)
Garlic – 3 large cloves
Cumin powder – 2 tsp(roasted and ground)
Green Pepper – 1 small(chopped)
Red chili powder/Flakes – 1 tsp(optional)
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp(optional)
Water – 1/2 cup
Salt – to taste
Oil – 2 tsp

Method:

  • Heat oil in a skillet and saute the onion and garlic, til the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the green pepper and cook for about 3 mins. Add the beans, salt, red chili powder, cumin powder, garam masala and water. Mash the beans slightly as they cook. Cook until almost all the water has evaporated.

Mexicali Rice

Ingredients:

Rice – 1 cup
Water – 1 3/4 cup
Tomato paste – 1 tbsp
Onion – 1 small(chopped)
Garlic – 2 large cloves(chopped finely)
Cumin powder(roasted and ground) – 2 tsp
Jalapeno pepper – 1 no.(chopped finely)
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Red Chili powder – 1 tsp(optional)
Oil – 2 tsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves – a handful(chopped)
Salt – to taste

Method:

  • Heat oil in a skillet and saute the onion and garlic, til the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the jalapeno pepper, chili powder and rice. Saute the rice until it turns translucent, about 4-5 mins.
  • Add the tomato paste, water, cumin powder, lemon juice and salt and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook covered for about 20-25 mins, until the rice is tender. After the rice is done, stir in the cilantro.

Guacamole

Ingredients:

Avocado – 1 ripe
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp(more if you like)
Onion – 1/2 of a small onion(chopped finely)
Tomato – 1/2 of a small tomato(chopped finely)
Salt and pepper – to taste
Cilantro leaves – 1 tbsp(optional)

Method:

  • Chop the avocado and add all the other ingredients. Mash lightly with a fork.

Assembling the Chalupa

Ingredients:

Chalupa Fry breads
Mexicali Rice
Beans
Lettuce/Cabbage(chopped)
Tomato(chopped)
Onion(chopped)
Sour cream/plain yogurt
Grated cheese(I use Mexican 4 cheese blend)
Guacamole
Hot Sauce/Sals(I used store bought mexican hot salsa)
Lemon juice

My Chalupa Bar

Picture (from the top left) – fry bread, beans, shredded lettuce, chopped onions & tomatoes, yogurt, hot sauce, shredded cheese, Mexicali rice.

Method:

  • Warm the chalupa fry bread in the microwave for 20 secs. Hold the chalupa in a V shape and add all the fillings of your choice(mentioned above). Sprinkle some lemon juice on the top. Enjoy!!!

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