Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Pillowy Soft Homemade Chulapas

    Our family loves going to a certain fast-food restaurant and getting some chalupas to eat.  They are so good but I hate making the hour drive over the mountain to get them and I hate spending the money too.  I have come up with a great recipe that reproduces their chalupas but in my opinion, are even better!  Try it out for yourself and see if you agree.

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ c. milk
  • 2 T. butter, melted (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 ½ T. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Oil for frying

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, butter, baking powder and salt.  Stir well.  Slowly add in the milk a little at a time.  You want it to become a soft and pliable dough that is a bit sticky.  All of the milk may not be added.  If the dough is too sticky, just add a bit more flour.  Form the dough into a ball, cover and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.

Now divide the dough into about 6 even sized balls.  Roll each dough ball into about a 5” circle.  Using fork tines prick the dough a bit.

Heat up oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, carefully slide the chalupa dough circles into the oil.  The chalupa should almost immediately float to the top and begin to puff up.  Allow the dough to fry about 30 seconds.  Using tongs, gently flip it over and fold the chalupa in half just like a taco shell.  Still using the tongs, hold the chalupa in the taco shell shape for about 30 seconds and then release and allow it to fry about another minute or so or until it is golden brown on both sides.  Remove and drain it on a paper towel lined plate.  Repeat this process with the rest of the chalupa dough.


     Fill the chalupas with the filling of your choice.  We use taco meat and top the meat with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream!


      If you give this recipe a try, please take a picture of it and tag me on Instagram @countrifiedhicks and use the hashtag #countrifiedhicks so I don't miss seeing your post!


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