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Easy to make chalupas
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chalupas with self-rising flour, copycat taco bell chalupas, soft taco shells
Servings: 8
Calories: 694kcal



  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tbs vegetable shortening like Crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup oil


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin


  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced plum tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese



  • Heat the oil in a deep skillet or dutch oven. There should be at least 1-inch/2.5 cm in the pan. The oil is the right temperature if a little piece of dough immediately begins to sizzle when dropped in.
  • In large bowl, combine the flour and shortening. Mix until the mixture looks like fine meal. You can use a food processor too.
  • Gradually add the milk (you might not use all of it) until a soft, pliable dough forms. It'll be a bit sticky. If it's too sticky, add a teaspoon or two of additional flour. Form the dough into a ball; cover and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 8 equal portions. This is easily done by flattening the ball slightly and cutting wedges, like a pie.
  • Form each wedge into a ball and roll out on a floured surface to a thin circle about 1/8-inch/0.7 cm. Carefully place the rolled dough into the hot oil. Fry for about 30 seconds then flip. With tongs, grab one end and fold over, forming a shell. Fry each side of the shell for 30 seconds or until golden brown. If you don't want to make shells, they can be left as disks, frying each side for 30 seconds. Repeat with the remaining dough. Drain on paper towels and set aside. See this video if you need help forming the shells.
  • Video link-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPEkWibcXKY - start at 5:13 for how to shape.


  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet breaking up clumps; drain fat.
  • Add the garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper and cumin. Stir to combine.
  • Divide the meat mixture among the 8 shells/disks. Mix the toppings and divide them equally between the chalupas.


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 694kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 861IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 4mg