Cooktop Cove: Mexican chalupas with ground beef
Change up taco night by swapping the tortilla base for a chalupa. This Mexican dish shares its name with a boat, thanks to the shape of the chalupa shell: a shallow cup perfect for filling with delicious ingredients. In the recipe below, the chalupas are filled with a combination of seasoned beef, refried beans, vegetables and cheese.
You can find chalupa shells in many supermarkets, but if you ever have a hard time, you can also substitute tostada shells or even plain, griddled tortillas. Simply grease them on both sides with a touch of oil or lard, and cook in a nonstick pan until slightly browned on both sides. They'll be slightly crispier than a true chalupa, but just as delicious.
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