How to Make Authentic Mexican Chalupas or Tostadas

Updated on September 6, 2017
Mexican Food: So easy! Authentic Chalupas or Tostadas
Mexican Food: So easy! Authentic Chalupas or Tostadas | Source
The options for creating your own chalupa are endless. Here is one with shredded boiled chicken, shredded lettuce, shredded mozzarella, sliced tomato, sliced avocado and Mexican crema. Delicioso!
The options for creating your own chalupa are endless. Here is one with shredded boiled chicken, shredded lettuce, shredded mozzarella, sliced tomato, sliced avocado and Mexican crema. Delicioso! | Source

Tostadas and Chalupas

The terms "tostadas" and "chalupas" are both used to identify this tasty meal. The terms may vary by region, but both names are widely acceptable.

Aside from a round tostada as the base, the first topping is usually refried pinto beans, black beans, mashed potatoes, or guacamole. Additional toppings can vary and can accommodate a variety of tastes and dietary needs. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or a beef lover, you can create your own personal tostada.

A Beef Tostada: Includes black beans, thin steak, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, crumbled queso fresco, and avocado chunks.
A Beef Tostada: Includes black beans, thin steak, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, crumbled queso fresco, and avocado chunks. | Source
5 stars from 4 ratings of Chalupas and Tostadas

Ingredients

  • 6 round tostadas, available in white, yellow or red
  • 1, 16 ounce can pinto beans or black beans, you can also purchase refried, however, they will contain more fat and sodium
  • 1 pound fajita, round steak, or ground beef, grilled or broiled, thinly sliced or crumbled
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 large avocados, cut in slices or chunks
  • 2 cups queso fresco, crumbled
Queso fresco, tomato and avocado are common ingredients found in chalupas. They also keep the flavors light and fresh.
Queso fresco, tomato and avocado are common ingredients found in chalupas. They also keep the flavors light and fresh. | Source

Optional Ingredients

The beauty of tostadas and chalupas is you can create a variety of toppings. We usually create a buffet line of toppings.

Optional Ingredients:

  • beef, chicken or vegetarian toppings
  • chopped onion
  • chopped jalapenos
  • chopped cilantro
  • shredded cheese: colby, monterrey jack, mozzarella or cheddar
  • shredded carrots
  • sour cream
  • crema (a pourable and softened cheese that is similar, but not quite sour cream: suggested brand, Crema La Vaquita)
  • chunky french fries
  • salsa: red, green or pico de gallo
  • bean and corn salad: 1 part black beans (canned or boiled), 1 part kernel corn (canned or boiled), 1 part chopped red and/or green pepper. Mix and chill with 1/4 cup vinaigrette dressing.
  • guacamole
  • mashed potatoes

Instructions

  1. Beans: I prefer the healthy version of refried beans. Instead of mashing and cooking in lard, you can do the following quick and more economical tip. Rinse one 16 ounce can of pinto or black beans. Add to a blender with 1/4 cup water. Blend until smooth and then simmer in a saucepan until warm.
  2. Steak: Add 1/2 a tablespoon of canola oil to a medium to large skillet. Heat to medium heat. Brown the round steak. Optional seasonings: salt, pepper and/or garlic powder. Ground beef option: Brown, crumble and drain. Fajitas: Grilling is the best method to prepare fajitas. Cook to medium-well and slice into thin bite size pieces.
  3. Lettuce: Shred lettuce and cut into about 1 - 2 inch strips. Tip: add shredded lettuce to a bowl and cover the surface with water and chill. This will keep the lettuce crisp until ready to serve.
  4. Tomatoes: Chop tomatoes into small 1/2 inch chunks
  5. Queso Fresco: Take a palm sized piece of queso fresco. Work through your hands and crumble into small chunks.
  6. Avocado: Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Carefully cradle the avocado half in your hand and make thin cuts at horizontally and vertically. Take great care to not pierce the skin of the avocado. Take a large soup spoon and with a single swoop, scoop out the cut avocado and place in a bowl. You can sprinkle with lime juice to keep from browning.
  7. Create a serving assembly line of your ingredients. I used the following order in creating the chalupa with the ingredients above: Refried Beans, beef, lettuce, tomato, queso fresco and avocado. Each chalupa takes approximately two tablespoons of each ingredient. Enjoy!
  8. Yields six chalupas

How to layer a traditional chalupa

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The first layer of a chalupa is approximately two tablespoons of refried beans.The second layer is usually your protein. Here I added thinly sliced steak.A topping of shredded lettuce keeps this delicious meal cool and crisp.Chopped tomatoes blend nicely with the other ingredients and add a splash of color.Crumbled queso fresco is a must have topping in my house. This cheese has a wonderful texture and is slightly salty and fresh in flavor.Sliced or chopped avocado are a great addition. Avocados are full of flavor and are a great source of potassium.
The first layer of a chalupa is approximately two tablespoons of refried beans.
The first layer of a chalupa is approximately two tablespoons of refried beans. | Source
The second layer is usually your protein. Here I added thinly sliced steak.
The second layer is usually your protein. Here I added thinly sliced steak. | Source
A topping of shredded lettuce keeps this delicious meal cool and crisp.
A topping of shredded lettuce keeps this delicious meal cool and crisp. | Source
Chopped tomatoes blend nicely with the other ingredients and add a splash of color.
Chopped tomatoes blend nicely with the other ingredients and add a splash of color. | Source
Crumbled queso fresco is a must have topping in my house. This cheese has a wonderful texture and is slightly salty and fresh in flavor.
Crumbled queso fresco is a must have topping in my house. This cheese has a wonderful texture and is slightly salty and fresh in flavor. | Source
Sliced or chopped avocado are a great addition. Avocados are full of flavor and are a great source of potassium.
Sliced or chopped avocado are a great addition. Avocados are full of flavor and are a great source of potassium. | Source

Questions & Answers

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        Kristen Howe 

        3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        This looks tempting enough to make and try next year, if I'm a daring and adventurous. Thanks for the recipe. I'll give it a go. Great hub!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        4 years ago from Texas

        Crystal Tatum, thank you for the votes and pin.

        sholland10, hi! I hope you have given these a try.

        VictoriaSheffiekd, thank you! They are delicious.

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        Author Victoria Sheffield 

        5 years ago from Georgia

        Now that looks good!

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        Author Victoria Sheffield 

        5 years ago from Georgia

        Now that looks good!

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        Susan Holland 

        5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

        This looks delicious!! I am going to have to try these!! :-)

      • Crystal Tatum profile image

        Crystal Tatum 

        5 years ago from Georgia

        I love simple, delicious and healthy recipes like this. This could be an easy to make lunch for work. Voted up and useful and pinning.

      • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        5 years ago from Texas

        toptenluxury, thank you so much, I appreciate the vote.

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        Adrian Cloute 

        5 years ago from Cedartown, GA

        I served an LDS mission and I came to love Mexican food. Voted up!

      • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Ketage, I do hope you have been able to give these a try. In fact, I had chalupas for dinner last night! Thank you for stopping by to read and comment.

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        ketage 

        5 years ago from Croatia

        Looks great , I will be trying this soon :) just need to go get some of the ingredients, I love Mexican food, jalapenos hmmm, spicy is good.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Hi Daven, thank you! I'm glad you liked this. Yes, these are super easy ingredients to find and inexpensive too. You know, I could live off of these too...great stuff! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        David Stillwell 

        5 years ago from Sacramento, California

        This is a wonderful article that presents easy to follow instructions along with very easy to obtain ingredients.... This is pretty much what I live off of year round... mmmm good!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Wesley Meacham, Hi there! Yes, your serving idea sounds like a great idea and it is a fun way to enjoy this meal. Buffet style service works out wonderfully with this dish as guests can choose their own toppings. Thanks so much for the votes, shares and pin. It was nice to see you.

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        Wesley Meacham 

        6 years ago from Wuhan, China

        Great article. These look like something that would be great for a party. You could arrange the varrious ingredients in the center of a table with the shells on the side and have people make their own. Voting up, sharing and pinning.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        6 years ago from Texas

        cclitgirl, 'si si!!' Virtual chalupas coming right up! Thanks for visiting, glad you liked the pics.

        sgbrown, they sure are easy to make and so wonderfully versatile. Thanks so much for the votes.

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        Sheila Brown 

        6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

        I love Mexican food! I will usually make tostadas a day or two after I have made another Mexican dish that I have used the refried beans. With it being just hubby and me now, I usually have some leftovers. Tostadas are so easy to make. I will definitely try your recipe, it does differ from mine somewhat. I'm sure I will LOVE it! Voted up and useful! :)

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        6 years ago from Western NC

        CHALUPAS! Mmmm. It's a good thing I had sopes for dinner because I'd have to reach through the screen and gobble this up! :D YUM! Lovely pictures, too!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        6 years ago from Texas

        kelleyward, I am so craving this right now. Last night I made a pressure cooker full of spiced chicken. We used it for tacos. My intention was to pack everything up for lunch today and make chalupas. I didn't have time to gather my lunch for work this morning. Boo! Oh well, maybe I'll make them for dinner. Thanks for the stars Kelley, I'm sure you and the boys will enjoy these versatile chalupas. Enjoy!

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        kelleyward 

        6 years ago

        Delicious! 5 stars. Will try this soon! Kelley

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        6 years ago from Texas

        breakfast pop, oops! I did it again! haha Glad to tempt with the goodies. I'm sure you'll love making these...so easy and versatile.

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        breakfastpop 

        6 years ago

        You have done it again. I love Mexican food, so thank you so much for these.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Gypsey48, Chalupas are a great dinner choice. They are light and delicious. Glad to share and thank you for reading.

        carol7777, You've listed all the reasons and more as to why I enjoy preparing and serving these. I appreciate your readership and votes.

        stayingalivemoma, hahaha, they are good! I do hope you have some soon.

        teaches12345, thank you! Come on over, I'll share with you.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        6 years ago

        What a wonderful looking hub post! I would love one of each. It is really such a great share and one that will be fun to make.

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        Valerie Washington 

        6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

        All I can say is MMMMMMMMM...GGGOOODDD!! I love Mexican food. Awesome hub, now I;m hungry!

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        carol stanley 

        6 years ago from Arizona

        This really looks great for two reasons, easy and delicious. A great dish for company and they can fix their own. Loved this ..and voting up and sharing. Thanks for another great hub. And super photos.

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        Gypsy48 

        6 years ago

        That looks so good! I'll be making that for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing:)

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