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  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Ro*Tel, pureed
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 head lettuce, shredded
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Avocado Dressing

  • 1 large avocado, pureed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Salt, to taste
  • Seasoned salt, to taste


  1. Chalupas: In separate pans heat the beans and the Ro*Tel tomatoes. Fry tortillas in oil for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Drain on a paper towel and salt.
  2. Discard oil and brown ground chuck. Add cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Stir.
  3. Spread hot beans on each tortilla. Sprinkle over beans a layer of meat, onion, lettuce and diced tomatoes. Spoon over each the hot Ro*Tel tomatoes and top each with cheese. Top with Avocado Dressing, if desired.
  4. Avocado Dressing: Combine all ingredients.

Serves 12. Two chalupas make a meal.

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