Chicken and Bacon Chalupa

Taco Bell! Hate it or love it you have to admit it fulfills a craving that we all have at some point or another. I unfortunately live in an area that doesn’t have a Taco Bell the closest one id 6 miles away!  So after my husband said he was having a Chalupa craving I did some research and found some awesome copy cat recipes. Here is my take on them. 

Chalupa shell:   

  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup of 2% milk
  • oil for deep frying 

Cooking: In a deep pan heat oil to about 350-375. In a bowl mix dry ingredients. Add vegetable shortening and with a fork cut in the shortening. Add milk and mix until all ingredients are combined. Roll into a log and cut into equal parts. I got 6 chalupas out of it.  

Dust a board and rolling pin with flour. Roll out dough until 1/8 in thick and in a circle form. Mine were a little funky shaped but they tasted great! 

  
Put half of the chalupa in the oil and fry for about 10-15 seconds then take that side and lay the other side in. If you put the whole chalup in at once and allow to fry it will be very difficult to bend into a taco shape. 

  
Chicken and Bacon: 

  

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6 pieces of thick cut applewood smoked bacon
  • 2 tsps of chili powder
  • 2 tsps of garlic powder
  • 2 tsps of cumin
  • 2 tsps of paprika
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Cooking: Slice chicken breast into chicken tenders. Mix all spices in a bowl and sprinkle onto the chicken. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown. 

Cooking: Cook bacon until it is as crispy as you like it. A tip to not overcook it is to flip it constantly.   

Sauce: 

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 8 oz of sour cream
  • 1jalapeño 
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 spanish onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp of vinegar

Cooking: In a food processor puree jalapeño, bell pepper and onion. Drain of all liquid. Add avocado, sour cream, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. It will be a little spicy by itself but on the chalupa it will be great! 

Assemble: Some awesome additions to the chalupa:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomato
  • Shredded cheese

Buen Provecho! 

 

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