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Chicken Chalupa

January 17, 2014Teresa

Chicken Chalupa is a marvelous, mouthwatering Tex-Mex dish that is just superb. There’s hardly another word to describe it! This recipe uses shredded chicken, cream of chicken soup, both cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, sour cream, olives, corn, green onions and diced green chilies. A little sprinkling of paprika on the top sets off the flavors wonderfully. I like rolling these in large-sized flour tortillas (like for burritos) rather than the really small ones. This fantastic main dish can be compared to chicken enchiladas, but there is no enchilada sauce in the recipe. It’s a whole lot of cheese and chicken!

Years ago, when we lived in Massachusetts, Shirley Huffman invited our family to her house for dinner one night. She needed John’s advice on some bookkeeping matters for her Baptist association office and my husband, John, had a lot of expertise in that area, so she decided to kill two birds with one stone. She had the family over for dinner and talked to John about financial matters at the same time. She served SO much food! She made this recipe, which was one her daughter had given to her. She also made beef enchiladas with a tomato/enchilada sauce, a luscious frozen cranberry/orange salad, dessert, rice and a few other things. I thought her Chicken Chalupa was amazing. She generously shared the recipe and about the only thing I do differently is add a can of corn.

This Chicken Chalupa recipes makes a LOT! I think I made 20 filled tortillas with just one batch, but since I was making this for an after New Year’s party, that worked out fine. You may have to cut the recipe unless you plan to make this for a lot of people as well. I’ve not had good success in freezing flour tortillas. When flour tortillas reconstitute from frozen to baked, the texture of the tortillas becomes gooey and slimy. Yikes!

Regardless, this is one fantastic recipe I’m sure you and your family will love if you like spicy, Tex-Mex foods. Chicken Chalupa is not overly spicy so it’s one most kids can enjoy as well. If you’re looking for a great tailgating recipe or menu idea for the Superbowl or other bowl games this recipe is great because it makes so much. I used two large 10×15″ glass pans to make it in. So give Chicken Chalupa a try. You will be glad you did!

When I initially posted this recipe in April 2014 it was just before I began taking pictures with my Canon camera. Even though this recipe has performed well with over 10k pins on Pinterest, I really wanted to get some better looking pictures that were more clear and less dark. I recently remade this dish for friends (July 2016). He had eye surgery, and because they have several family members living with them, I thought this large recipe would be great for a meal or two for their family. She told me they actually got three meals out of it (for 7-8 people!). They absolutely raved over Chicken Chalupa.

One clarification: this recipe is not exactly what most people would refer to as chalupa. But since that was the name of the recipe when I received it from Shirley, I’ve stuck with that title. Sorry if that upsets any looking for true chalupa recipes. As stated before, this recipe is more like Chicken Enchiladas, although I rolled the tortillas more like burritos for these pictures.

Chicken Chalupa | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fabulous #TexMex entree is filled with #corn #chicken #greenchilies #olives & lots of #cheese. One of the BEST #enchilada style recipes you'll ever eat.

Chicken Chalupa is one fabulous Tex-Mex main dish. Yes, you will probably drool over these pictures.

Chicken Chalupa | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fabulous #TexMex entree is filled with #corn #chicken #greenchilies #olives & lots of #cheese. One of the BEST #enchilada style recipes you'll ever eat.

One thing that makes this recipe so special is the cheese! It uses both cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

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I cut one in half so you could see the texture of the chalupa. These gooey Chicken Chalupas are heavenly!

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients, except I swapped out the small tortillas for large burrito size tortillas.

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Bake chicken about 45 minutes at 350 or until done. I sprinkled it with salt and pepper first. Once cooked, allow meat to cool. Then cut down into bite sized pieces. Set meat aside.

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In a large mixing bowl put cream of chicken soup, sour cream, diced green chilies, olives, corn, and green onions.

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Add three-quarters of the cheeses and stir to combine. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of the soup mixture and set aside for topping.

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 To the remaining mixture add diced chicken and stir to combine.

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Spread about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of chicken mixture on each tortilla. (It works easier if you put the chicken mixture closer to the edge of the tortilla).

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Roll up and turn sides in (like making burritos). Finish rolling tortillas and place in two greased 10×15″ glass baking dishes. 

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Spread tortillas seam-side-down in prepared baking dishes.

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Dollop the reserved 1 1/2 cups soup mixture over top of the enchiladas. Spread it between the two large casserole dishes.

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Sprinkle with both cheeses.

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Sprinkle with paprika.

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Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and tortillas are heated through. (Don’t overcook or the tortillas will dry out). 

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Garnish Chicken Chalupa with additional green onions if desired.

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Doesn’t Chicken Chalupa look marvelous? Feel free to add more cheese if you like a lot.  This is wonderful for company. There’s plenty for everyone!

Here’s the recipe.

CHICKEN CHALUPA

(Recipe adapted from Shirley Huffman, Sudbury, MA, )

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Fantastic chicken enchilada recipe with lots of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, olives, corn, diced green chilies, diced green onions, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup. Wonderful Tex-Mex main dish.
Chicken Chalupa | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fabulous #TexMex entree is filled with #corn #chicken #greenchilies #olives & lots of #cheese. One of the BEST #enchilada style recipes you'll ever eat.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Chicken Chalupa | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fabulous #TexMex entree is filled with #corn #chicken #greenchilies #olives & lots of #cheese. One of the BEST #enchilada style recipes you'll ever eat.
Instructions
  1. Combine soup, chilies, onion, sour cream, olives, corn and ¾ of both cheeses.
  2. Set aside 2 cups of this mixture.
  3. Add diced chicken to remainder of mixture.
  4. Put about ½ cup chicken mixture on each tortilla.
  5. Fold, tucking sides in, and place seam-side down in greased casseroles.
  6. (Leave a little room between each one if possible).
  7. Spoon the reserved mixture over top the tortillas.
  8. Top with remaining cheeses.
  9. Sprinkle with paprika.
  10. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for about 20-30 minutes.
  11. Remove foil, bake about 5-10 minutes longer.
  12. Yield: 20 enchiladas (or chalupas).
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Be careful not to overcook this or the tortillas dry out.

NOTE: I understand that this is not a traditional "chalupa" recipe in the truest sense. But this is the name my friend gave me for this recipe and I'm sticking with it.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Chicken Chalupa[/b]
Recipe Type: Chicken Main Dish
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Shirley Huffman, Sudbury, MA
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Fantastic chicken enchilada recipe with lots of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, olives, corn, diced green chilies, diced green onions, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup. Wonderful Tex-Mex main dish.
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs. large fajita size tortillas
  • 4 large whole chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pt. sour cream
  • ¾ lb. Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • ¾ lb. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sliced, ripe olives
  • ¾ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 large can green chilies
  • 1 can whole kernel can, drained
  • paprika
Instructions
  1. Combine soup, chilies, onion, sour cream, olives, corn and ¾ of both cheeses.
  2. Set aside 2 cups of this mixture.
  3. Add diced chicken to remainder of mixture.
  4. Put about ½ cup chicken mixture on each tortilla.
  5. Fold, tucking sides in, and place seam-side down in greased casseroles.
  6. (Leave a little room between each one if possible).
  7. Spoon the reserved mixture over top the tortillas.
  8. Top with remaining cheeses.
  9. Sprinkle with paprika.
  10. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for about 20-30 minutes.
  11. Remove foil, bake about 5-10 minutes longer.
  12. Yield: 20 enchiladas (or chalupas).
Notes
Be careful not to overcook this or the tortillas dry out.
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Chicken Chalupa has a wonderful smooth texture from the sour cream, cream of chicken soup and cheese with just enough bite from the diced green chilies to make everything interesting!

Chicken Chalupa | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fabulous #TexMex entree is filled with #corn #chicken #greenchilies #olives & lots of #cheese. One of the BEST #enchilada style recipes you'll ever eat.

If you enjoy Tex-Mex dishes, you’ll rave over this one. It’s a great dish to make for company. I made the filling the day before and refrigerated it. Then I rolled the tortillas just before actually baking the recipe. It turned out terrific.

Chicken Chalupa | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fabulous #TexMex entree is filled with #corn #chicken #greenchilies #olives & lots of #cheese. One of the BEST #enchilada style recipes you'll ever eat.

Yes, Chicken Chalupa is dripping with cheese! The paprika on top with the cheese adds a tasty, savory flavor to this delectable Tex-Mex dish.

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Print Recipe
Chicken Chalupa BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Fantastic chicken enchilada recipe with lots of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, olives, corn, diced green chilies, diced green onions, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup. Wonderful Tex-Mex main dish.
Chicken Chalupa | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fabulous #TexMex entree is filled with #corn #chicken #greenchilies #olives & lots of #cheese. One of the BEST #enchilada style recipes you'll ever eat.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Chicken Chalupa | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fabulous #TexMex entree is filled with #corn #chicken #greenchilies #olives & lots of #cheese. One of the BEST #enchilada style recipes you'll ever eat.
Instructions
  1. Combine soup, chilies, onion, sour cream, olives, corn and ¾ of both cheeses.
  2. Set aside 2 cups of this mixture.
  3. Add diced chicken to remainder of mixture.
  4. Put about ½ cup chicken mixture on each tortilla.
  5. Fold, tucking sides in, and place seam-side down in greased casseroles.
  6. (Leave a little room between each one if possible).
  7. Spoon the reserved mixture over top the tortillas.
  8. Top with remaining cheeses.
  9. Sprinkle with paprika.
  10. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for about 20-30 minutes.
  11. Remove foil, bake about 5-10 minutes longer.
  12. Yield: 20 enchiladas (or chalupas).
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Be careful not to overcook this or the tortillas dry out.

NOTE: I understand that this is not a traditional "chalupa" recipe in the truest sense. But this is the name my friend gave me for this recipe and I'm sticking with it.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

31 Comments

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  • Melanie

    October 4, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Is this a dish that takes to being frozen before baking?

    1. Teresa

      October 4, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Hi Melanie. I really do NOT recommend freezing this dish before baking. Tortillas tend to taste slimy after freezing. Just saying….

  • Sherri

    August 10, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Teresa, you are so gracious to those who think they need to set the “poor thing” straight! Ha!

    Love your Chicken Chalupas as they shall be called!

    1. Teresa

      August 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Thank you so much, Sherri. You made my day. We love this recipe to. Have a great weekend.

  • Michelle

    June 8, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    This is always how ive made my “enchilada”. I’ve not used corn though but will now!
    I make 1 pan and then with the rest of the filling use the next night for nachos. Love this stuff

    1. Teresa

      June 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Michelle, we love it too.

  • Paul Rogers

    May 30, 2017 at 12:29 am

    given the number of unhappy readers who stumbled on your page looking for a chalupa recipe and finding an enchilada recipe, maybe you want to change the title of your page here? it’s nice that you were introduced to them by the wrong name, but that person (likely not a latino, as they would know that chalupa means “canoe” and these are not canoe shaped) was misguided and now you are too. it’s not too late to set yourself right though.

    1. Teresa

      May 30, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Hi, Paul, so sorry that you’re upset about the name of this recipe. But even if it’s not an official chalupa, I hope you’ll give the recipe a try. It’s absolutely delightful. The problem with changing the title, especially in the URL is that I lose all the Pinterest pins, google and FB shares and pretty much have to start over from scratch. The tens of thousands of people that have saved this recipe will have no way of ever finding it again because the links will be broken. Again, I’m sorry the name causes you discomfort but I’m not changing the title at this stage of the game. Enjoy your week. P.S. If you have a true chalupa recipe that you like, I’d love to give it a try and post it on my blog.

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  • Eileen

    April 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    DELICIOUS! I don’t usually care for Mexican food but this AWESOME!! I shared it to everyone I know!

    1. Teresa

      April 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      So glad you and your friends enjoyed this tasty dish, Eileen. We’ve always loved it, and because it makes so much it’s ideal for company.

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  • hildie smanic

    October 4, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    These are not chalupas. Please change the page name as google keywords search of ‘chalupa’ leads to this site. But these are really chicken soft tacos with enchilada sauce or ‘smothered’ burritos.

    1. Teresa

      October 5, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks, Hildie. The only reason I use that name is because that was the name of the recipe as it was given to me. Technically you’re right and I’m sorry you got buried in a search. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Jade

    May 14, 2015 at 9:53 am

    These are actually chicken enchiladas, not chalupas. But great recipe. Was looking for chalupa recipes and ran into this. Planning on making these tonight.

    1. Teresa

      May 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks, Jade. Yes, they really are enchiladas. I call them chalupas because that’s the name that was given to me by the friend who gave me the recipe. I hope you enjoy them. I love this recipe!

      1. Anna

        February 1, 2017 at 11:14 am

        Yum, I love theses my step mom would make them sometimes and we always called them chicken Chalupas too, I’m glad I’m not the only one who calls these Chalupas! 🙂

        1. Teresa

          February 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

          Hi, Anna. Yes, these are terrific. So cheesy and delicious. Hope you give ’em a try. 🙂

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  • Susan

    May 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I made these for a family mexican fiesta. I made several dishes but,this is one everyone raved about. Had a nice spicy flavor..Thank You for the recipe…

    1. Teresa

      May 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      I’m so glad your family enjoyed them, Susan. We’ve always loved this recipe and anytime I make it I get the same response you did! Thanks for stopping by.

  • StoneMaven

    January 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Looks yummy, but a “Chalupa” is a flat toasted or fried corn tortilla covered with various toppings – what Taco Bell re-named the “Tostada”. These look like a wonderful variation of enchiladas.

    1. Teresa

      January 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks for the info. I’m just calling it the name as it was given to me, but your right these really are more like enchiladas. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tamara Leigh

    January 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Marvelous! You make me hungry 🙂

    1. Teresa

      January 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      It was wonderful! Not low in calories, but wonderful! 🙂

  • thesnowwoman

    January 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Looks delicious!

    1. Teresa

      January 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks! It is a great Tex-Mex dish.

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