Beef and Bean Chalupas

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Micha M


  • 1 dozen corn tortillas
  • 3 cups refried beans
  • 3/4 to 1 pound cooked seasoned taco meat
  • shredded cheese
  • Additional topping such as:
  • diced onion
  • salsa
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream
  • hot sauce
  • guacamole
  • oil for frying


  1. In a heavy bottomed skillet heat about a quarter inch of vegetable oil until very hot but not smoking. When oil is hot place a corn tortilla in skillet and cook until the edges are lightly browned. Flip and using tongs bring one side of the tortilla up about a quarter of the way and cook for a few seconds or until it will hold its shape on its own. Repeat on other side. Repeat the steps until all tortillas are cooked.
  2. Heat the refried beans until bubbly. You want them thin enough to spread easily so add water if needed after the beans have heated. Heat up the taco meat if needed.
  3. When the shells are cooked and the beans and beef are hot spread a 1/4 cup of beans on the bottom of each shell and top with 2 tablespoons or so of taco meat. Add shredded cheese and your favorite toppings. I served mine with Mexican Rice. Makes 6 generous portions.