One of my favorite dinners growing up: Chalupas

Chalupas!My mother had this very simple meal in the weekly dinner rotation when I was growing up. With a bunch of hungry kids to feed, she could whip this up quickly when she got home for work, and the ingredients were affordable. It’s now a favorite in my own family. 5 ingredients (more if you’d like) and only 15 minutes. Here’s a 1 minute how-to video that I created in conjunction w/ GoodBite and their series on  Real Fast Food. Just click the photo below to begin the video.

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Yield: 4 servings (8 chalupas)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min



Nonstick cooking spray
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas- or use corn if you'd like, but they should be fried first
2 cups refried beans
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese blend
1 cup fresh salsa
1 cup sour cream
2 cups finely chopped lettuce (optional)
1 cup guacamole (optional)


1. Preheat the broiler. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place 4 tortillas on the baking sheet and heat on the center rack in the oven for 4 minutes.

2. Remove the baking sheet from oven and turn over the tortillas. Spread each tortilla with 1/4 cup refried beans and top with 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until the cheese is hot and bubbling and the tortillas are crisp, 5 to 7 more minutes. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

3. Serve immediately, topping each tortilla with salsa & sour cream. Add lettuce and guacamole too, if desired.


*In Mom's original recipe, she used corn tortillas, fried lightly in oil, and proceeded with the recipe as instructed.
*Have leftover taco meat? Crumble it on top to make this meal more substantial.
*This recipe is gluten-free adaptable- use GF corn tortillas instead of flour, and make sure that the refried beans and salsa that you're using do not contain any gluten.