Taco Bell Chalupa copycat

"My husband Call's these Palupa after me!!LOL They are yummy"
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  • To make Indian Fry Bread Mix dry ingredients together.
  • Cut in shortening; then add milk.
  • Shape dough into a long cylinder; cut into 8 equal parts.
  • Flour hands, then work the pieces into 6" tortillas.
  • Fry in oil until golden brown.
  • To Make filling Mix dried onion with water in a small bowl and let stand for five minutes.
  • Combine ground beef, flour, chili powder, paprika, and salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Add onions and water.
  • Mix again.
  • In a skillet, cook beef mixture until browned.
  • Stir often while cooking so no large chunks form; it should be more like a paste.
  • Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • Build Chalupas starting with meat, then sour cream, lettuce cheese, and tomatoes in that order.
  • Top with hot sauce or salsa if desired.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Katheryn W.
    can you make the printable recipe fit on one page or at least make the nutritional box optional? it took 3 pages for 1 recipe
  2. Belindacarr01
    Hello can I use lard instead of shortening really want to make this Thank you
  3. Janice A.
    When do you fold them?
  4. Amelia P.
    I made just the shells and LOVED THEM .however they were too thick and too crispy on the outside to fold without them just breaking in half. Does anyone have any tips on how to get them shaped?
  5. Rebecca B.
    Is there a substitute for the baking powder


  1. casch11
    I make this recipe all the time and absolutely love it! I saw that somebody asked about making the shells a good shape--I always roll out the dough, and then put a small round container on it (i.e. a cool whip container), then trace around it with a knife. Works like a charm! Excellent recipe.
  2. Ms.Ellaneous
    This review is for the fried bread only. I have made this about 7 times. The bread was a hit with my family. I rolled the dough very thin and they still swelled too thick when fried. I found if I poked the dough with a fork (like when you tenderize meat), it takes the air bubbles out of the bread and you get a more uniform bread. Also, I found using a kabob stick to stab the bread and flip it like a donut makes less of a mess than spatulas, tongs, etc.
  3. Faye G.
    Check the date on your baking powder! Make sure your grease is hot enough. Stick the end of a wooden spoon in bottom of skillet with the oil and if it makes bubbles quickly around it then oil should be hot enough!
  4. Kristi S.
    This review is for the fry bread, for the filling I just made my standard easy chicken taco filling (includes cumin, garlic, taco seasoning, a little cream cheese, and lime juice). The bread can be made easily in a bowl with a fork, no heavy duty mixing required. I cut the bread into six pieces instead of eight and rolled it out super thin on a silicone mat. It will shrink and puff in the pan. I didn't like how the first piece tasted saturated with oil so I poured the oil out and then lightly brushed the pan with a silicone brush dipped in oil (paper towel would work too). I cooked each side about 90-120 seconds on medium heat, just keep an eye on it. The bread puffed up beautifully and tasted more like a Taco Bell gordita. The end result was amazing! I saved the leftovers in the fridge and the bread tasted just as good reheated in the microwave the next day, it was still soft, fluffy, and pliable.
  5. Preya C.
    I made this for the first time today. It came out delicious! The bread was a little tricky to make because I tried to fold it while frying so it wouldn’t break apart. Followed recipes exactly and it was really delicious and tasted better than Taco Bell. Thank you! This will save me lots of money!
    • Review photo by Preya C.


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