Copy Cat Taco Bell Chalupas

My family and I are not fast food regulars. We try and eat healthy and stay away from the big chains like McDonald’s, taco bell and Burger king etc. But I’m not going to lie I LOVE taco bell! Especially the Chalupas! They used to be my favorite thing to get from there! It’s been years since I’ve had one of those babies! Once I learned how to replicate them…..HEAVEN!

These are such an easy thing to make and once you get the hang of it, You will be making it all the time!


2 1/2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp shortening

1 cup milk

peanut or vegetable oil for frying

1 1/2 lb ground beef

1 tbsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp paprika

Pico de gayo for topping

mexican cheese, for topping

Shredded lettuce, for topping (optional)


In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.

Cut in shortening, then add in milk.

Shape dough into long cylinder loaf. Cut into 8 equal parts.

Then lightly flour hands and roll each piece into 6” tortillas.

To fry the tortillas, use a tong and carefully dip half of the chalupa dough into the oil. One that half starts to fry (but isn’t brown yet) flip the chalupa so the other half fries in the oil.

Remove from oil and let the chalupas cool on a paper bowl lined plate.

Cook ground beef on medium in a skillet until cooked completely and not pink. Drain grease. Add in spiced and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Fill Chalupa’s with meat and desired toppings.