Source: Houston Junior League Cookbook

If you like chalupas and want to be able to make homemade ones, this is is a delicious recipe.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


6 tortillas
1 cup cooking oil
1/2 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon bacon drippings
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups refried beans, (refritos)
2 cups grated cheese
Salt and pepper
6 teaspoons onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
3 cups lettuce, finely chopped

Fry tortillas in cooking oil until crisp; drain and set aside. Saute ground meat in bacon drippings; mix in cumin, chili powder and salt. Remove from heat. Spread each tortilla with 1/4 cup refritos; layer about 2 tablespoons meat mixture on top of refritos, and sprinkle about 1/3 cup grated cheese over meat. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until thoroughly heated, about 10 minutes. While piping hot, place on 6 individual plates; sprinkle each chalupa with salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon chopped onion, 2 tablespoons chopped tomato, and 1/2 cup chopped lettuce. Serve immediately. (Chalupas are not very successful when done ahead of time.)