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Chalupa (Open faced Taco)

Written By: Chris - Jun• 16•14

This is a super easy dish that you can throw together in no time using ingredients that you have on hand in your fridge and pantry!  When I originally started making this dish I thought I was going to make Quesadillas for dinner, which are tortillas filled with a savory mixture of cheese, meat and other ingredients and then either folded in half to form a half-moon shape, or topped with another tortilla like a sandwich and heated through!  But I decided to make open faced tacos instead.  You can call it a chalupa or tostada; an open faced taco or whatever you desire, but according to dear wikipedia, “In Mexican usage, tostada usually refers to a flat or bowl-shaped tortilla that is deep fried”.

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I’m just going to give you the general idea, not really a recipe using ingredients we created ours with:

Ingredients: 

Open-Faced Tacos:
Corn Tortillas
1/2 Lb Ground Beef
Onion, chopped and sauteed with beef
Taco Seasoning
Sunflower Oil

Toppings:
Diced tomatoes
Avocado slices
Sour Cream
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Spinach, thinly sliced
Corn Chips, crumbled
Taco Sauce

Combine the chopped onion with the ground beef and cook over medium heat until cooked through.  Drain off any access fat and mix with taco seasoning as directed on package.  Set aside.

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Cook the corn tortilla in a shallow bit of oil just until brown on each side.  Watch carefully so they don’t burn!  Once browned to yur desire, rest them on paper towels to absorb any access oil.

Assemble tortillas by topping with cooked beef, cheese, spinach, tomatoes and your other favorite toppings!

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These had a nice crunch and were fun to eat in an open-faced form.  We paired them with a  nice 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Cosentino!  Delicious! 

Enjoy!
Cheers!
~Chris

 

 

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