How to Make Simple Authentic Chalupas or Tostadas

Tostadas and Chalupas

The terms tostadas and chalupas are both used to identify this tasty meal. The terms may vary by region, but both names are widely acceptable.

Aside from a round tostada as the base, the first topping is usually refried pinto beans, black beans, mashed potatoes or guacamole. Additional toppings can vary and can accommodate a variety of tastes and dietary needs. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or a beef lover, you can create your own personal tostada.

Here is a basic tostada recipe:

  • 6 round tostadas, available in white, yellow or red
  • 1, 16 ounce can pinto beans or black beans, you can also purchase refried, however, they will contain more fat and sodium
  • 1 pound fajita, round steak, or ground beef, grilled or broiled, thinly sliced or crumbled
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 large avocados, cut in slices or chunks
  • 2 cups queso fresco, crumbled

Optional Ingredients: The beauty of tostadas and chalupas is you can create a variety of toppings. We usually create a buffet line of toppings.

  • beef, chicken or vegetarian toppings
  • chopped onion
  • chopped jalapenos
  • chopped cilantro
  • shredded cheese: colby, monterrey jack, mozzarella or cheddar
  • shredded carrots
  • sour cream
  • crema (a pourable and softened cheese that is similar, but not quite sour cream: suggested brand, Crema La Vaquita)
  • chunky french fries
  • salsa: red, green or pico de gallo
  • bean and corn salad: 1 part black beans (canned or boiled), 1 part kernel corn (canned or boiled), 1 part chopped red and/or green pepper. Mix and chill with 1/4 cup vinaigrette dressing.
  • guacamole
  • mashed potatoes