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A plate of chalupas
Course Lunch, dinner
Place of origin Mexico
Region or state Hidalgo, Puebla, Guerrero, and Oaxaca
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Masa, cheese, lettuce, salsa

A chalupa is a specialty dish of south-central Mexico, including the states of Hidalgo, Puebla, Guerrero, and Oaxaca.


Chalupas are made by pressing a thin layer of masa dough around the outside of a small mold, in the process creating a concave container resembling the boat of the same name, and then deep frying the result to produce crisp, shallow corn cups. These are filled with various ingredients such as shredded chicken, pork, chopped onion, chipotle pepper, red salsa, and/or green salsa. They can in many cases resemble tostadas since both are made of a fried or baked masa-based dough.

Traditional chalupas, as found in Cholula, Puebla, are small, thick, boat-shaped fried masa topped only with salsa, cheese and shredded lettuce. Other regions in Mexico add variations, which can include chorizo, pork, shredded chicken, or re-fried beans, in addition to the classic cheese, salsa, and lettuce toppings. In other instances, the fried masa shape is round, resembling a tostada, with traditional chalupa toppings.

In the United States

The widespread popularity of chalupas across Mexico has also influenced Mexican-style restaurant fare in the neighboring United States. Among notable examples in the US is the Taco Bell version, which, unlike its Mexican namesake, is a thick, fried tortilla shell filled with either chicken, steak, or ground beef, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, and shredded lettuce. This formulation has more in common with Navajo frybread and the Anglo use of frybread as the basis for a taco.

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