If you can believe it my first taste of a chalupa was in a school cafeteria back in the early 90s. I’m pretty sure it had a ground beef and cheese filling with nothing else but it was freshly made and very tasty. I decided to go with a beef and bean chalupa at home.
For some unknown reason chalupas aren’t that popular and I don’t understand why. To me it’s a cross between a taco and a tostada which I think just about everyone is familiar with. The most unique thing about a chalupa is the shape which is said to resemble a canoe and is how the dish got its name.