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Grandma’s Chalupas with Bacon

This week I decided to make a family classic, but with a twist! My Grandma has been making Chalupas ever since my Mom was a kid, so I was totally psyched to make these. Chalupas are usually served with beans, cheese, and the optional lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and avocado. I chose to add one of the best things in the whole world… bacon!


I made five chalupas, a good number for a hungry Dad, a starving son, and a Mom on a diet.

Chalupas prep1

In order to have crispy tortillas, you need to fry them before you broil them. Crispy tortillas really add to the enjoyment of the recipe. You can actually pick the chalupas up when you eat them, like I do, if you fry the tortillas. Just make sure not to get any burning oil on yourself, that stuff hurts!

Chalupas prep2

The beans have to be spread evenly over the tortilla. It is just chalupa law. Spreading things evenly is really hard for me because my perfectionism kicks in, and then I simply can’t stop correcting minor mistakes. Finally, I had to stop perfecting the chalupas… because I ran out of beans. 🙂

Chalupas Serving

I’m still working on my GQ pose, but I hope to perfect it soon. Don’t forget to visit me at the Barnes & Noble in Reno on November 16th for my book signing! I will be signing books from 1 to 3 PM. Come visit and get a signed FutureChefs book (the one I have a recipe featured in)!

Chalupas Recipe

Yummmmm! The bacon added to the amazingness of this classic recipe. These chalupas were fantastic! How more perfect can you get?!

Chalupas Chow Down

I couldn’t wait to chow down. When you are taking pictures or having pictures taken of you, it is so hard not to swallow on the food in front of you whole. I sit there and I ponder the food as I take pictures of it. My mouth waters, but I have to resist the temptation and take some good pictures. In this recipe, my Mom took most of the pictures, but that’s only because I was the star of the pictures (well, and the chalupas). These chalupas were completely radical. I took a family classic and flipped it to make it even better! Again, please come visit me at the Barnes & Noble in Reno on November 16th! I am so excited for my book signing and hope my local readers will stop by between 1 and 3 for a visit!

And even a kid can do a book signing and make chalupas… Like Me!

Grandma's Chalupas with Bacon

Grandma's Chalupas with Bacon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings (1 chalupa per serving)
Calories 300 kcal




  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • cup sour cream
  • ½ medium avocado, sliced
  • 3 slices cooked, chopped bacon


  • Heat about ¾ cup oil in a small saute pan. When it's ready (flick a drop of water in... if it sizzles, it's ready), fry tortillas one at a time for about 30 seconds each side or until slightly firm. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and cover with another paper towel. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
  • Preheat the oven to broil. Set tortillas on a cookie sheet and spread each tortilla with some beans. Sprinkle cheese on top. Place in the preheated oven for 1 to 2 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and the tortilla edges are lightly browned. Remove from the oven.
  • Top with desired toppings: lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado and BACON! Eat!


Serving: 1servingCalories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 10gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 453mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 496IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 185mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chalupas, refried beans
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Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Your doing a Great job.Good Luck with your book signing and Congrats!


Saturday 15th of November 2014

These look fantastic. And great to eat while watching the OREGON DUCKS WIN THE PAC 12 RIGHT? your cheering for them aren't you? yay!!!!

Kim Porter

Thursday 13th of November 2014

Those chalupas look delicious! Can't wait to try them on Sunday while the game is on.


Thursday 13th of November 2014

I have never had a chalupa- it looks like I'm missing out! They look delicious. You are too cute!