Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa

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Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa Recipe

Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa Recipe. Want to recreate the scrumptious goodness of Taco Bell’s famous Chalupa at home? Look no further! This easy-to-follow copycat recipe will elevate your Taco Tuesday experience.

This lunch or dinner is a mouthwatering delight that combines simple ingredients to create a flavorful masterpiece.

Picture a crispy yet soft shell, filled with seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of creamy sour cream. It’s a tasty blend of flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

To make this meal, you’ll need basic pantry items like flour, baking powder, salt, and milk for the Chalupa shell. For the filling, gather ground beef, chili powder, paprika, and dried onions. These everyday ingredients come together to form a restaurant-quality meal you’ll love.

Serve your Chalupa alongside Spanish rice or refried beans for a complete and satisfying meal.

It also pairs well with a refreshing side salad or some tortilla chips and guacamole to add extra goodness to your plate.

Now, let’s talk about some useful tips and tricks! For perfectly golden Chalupa shells, make sure the oil is hot enough before frying. Test it by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil; if it sizzles and rises, you’re good to go. Also, lightly flour your hands while shaping the dough to prevent sticking and make the process smoother.

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Closeup of 2 Copycat Taco Bell Chalupas.

Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa

Nesting Lane Indulge
Delicious Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa Recipe. Recreate the iconic Taco Bell Chalupa at home with this easy-to-follow recipe.
5 from 28 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6


For the Indian Fry Bread:

For the Filling:

For the Toppings:

  • sour cream
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • fresh tomato diced


For the Indian Fry Bread:

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine dry flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until well mixed.
  • Pour in the milk and stir everything together.
  • Shape the dough into a long cylinder shape.
  • Cut the dough cylinder into 8 equal parts.
  • Flour your hands and work each piece into a 6-inch tortilla shape.
  • Place a skillet on the stove and add oil for frying.
  • Heat the oil until it's hot enough to fry the bread.
  • Carefully place the tortillas into the hot oil and fry them until they turn golden brown.
  • Remove the fried bread from the oil and set it aside.


  • In a small bowl, mix dried onion with water and let it sit for five minutes.
  • In a large skillet, combine ground beef, flour, chili powder, paprika, and salt. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Add the soaked onions and water to the skillet and mix again.
  • Cook the beef mixture until it turns brown. Stir often to break up any large chunks and make it more like a paste.
  • Once it's cooked, remove the skillet from the heat and keep the filling warm.

To Assemble:

  • Take a piece of the fried bread (Indian Fry Bread) and place a portion of the cooked meat on top.
  • Add sour cream, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes in that order on top of the meat.
  • If you like it spicy, you can add some hot sauce or salsa on the very top.


Calories: 424.9kcalCarbohydrates: 47.7gProtein: 21.6gFat: 15.8gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57.1mgSodium: 856.8mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 0.6g
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