Categories: Entrees, Tex-mex, Usenet
Yield: 12 chalupas

Vegetable oil 1/2 lb Cheddar cheese
12 Corn tortillas (the -(sharp), grated
-thinner the better) 1 lg Tomato, chopped
6 C Frijoles refritos 3 C Lettuce, shredded
-(or less)

In a small skillet, heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil. Test the oil for
proper temperature by putting in a small piece of tortilla. When the oil
reaches the temperature where it immediately begins to bubble frantically
over the tortilla as soon as it is put in the oil and the tortilla piece
becomes crisp quite quickly, you are ready to cook the chalupa shells. This
is important because there is nothing worse than a soggy chalupa shell
which results from the oil not being hot enough.

Fry tortillas completely flat on both sides until very crisp. Drain and
keep warm on a newspaper-covered cookie sheet in a warm oven.

Spread about 1/4-inch thick layer of refried beans on each fried tortilla.
Top with a generous amount of grated sharp Cheddar cheese and about 1 T
chopped onion.

Place assembled chalupas on a cookie sheet and brown under broiler until
cheese melts. Watch them carefully under the broiler, they can burn quite
quickly. Top with shredded lettuce and tomato and serve.


* Tex-Mex style tostada -- You will need to first make a batch of frijoles
refritos. This dish is more properly known in Mexico as tostadas.

: Difficulty: easy to moderate.
: Time: 15 minutes, plus preparation time of frijoles refritos.
: Precision: no need to measure.
: Pamela McGarvey
: UCLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Los Angeles, Calif., USA

: Copyright (C) 1986 USENET Community Trust

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