Monday, February 19, 2007


These boats are known as chalupa in one Mexican dialect, or so I am told. They're quite pretty, but I want to talk about the kind of chalupa that you eat, and NOT the Taco Bell version. My good friend Misa makes a mean chalupa filling. Most of the recipes for the filling seem to have a lot in common, but what makes Misa's recipe so great is that you dump everything into the crock pot and go. Misa has to feed a family of 8 and then some, so the recipe accomodates her quite nicely. I have to pare it down and make half to feed my little brood.

3 lb. pork loin roast - browned (i didn't brown it and it was still good), you can also use chicken
4 - 15 oz. cans of beans - any mixture will do i.e. pinto, kidney, black, etc. drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped onion
1-4 oz. can chopped green chilis
2 garlic cloves - minced
1 T. chili powder
1 T. cumin
1 T. salt
1 t. oregano

Dump the above ingredients over the meat and mix a little bit. Cook in crock pot until it falls apart, on high for half day or low for all day. Shred with a fork and mix well. This makes a LOT, so you may want to make half. Now for the boat part. Fry up some tortillas in a little oil and place over a bowl to cool thus making the shape of a little boat. Or you can omit that step and just serve in a soft tortilla and roll it up, burrito style. Fill with pork filling and other toppings if desired i.e. cilantro, cheese, salsa, sour cream, etc. Although I have to say, these are outrageously good on their own and don't need a lot of extra fuss. Thanks Misa.


Naner said...

I was just thinking I need more "drop it in tne crock pot and go" recipes! This looks great. Thanks!!!!

love.boxes said...

I'm thinking that recipe looks like I could make it and I will as soon as I get a new crock pot. I broke the other one. :( Have you seen those cool crock pots at Target that come in white & red and they have a removable ceramic pot that you can put in the dishwasher. That is the kind that I want. Maybe that is an old invention, but it's new to me. I saw it first last week and was quite thrilled by it. $19.99 is that a good deal?

Jenni said...

$19.99 is a great deal for a crock pot,esp. with dishwashable parts. go buy it today and make this tonight. arriba!

Erin said...

sounds like an amazing recipe. i've got to try it. i just tried your lemon chicken last night. really yummy. thanks for the great recipes!

mae said...

I was a litte confused at first because I was thinking of churros. I could not imagine a filling in churros, let alone a meat filling. Now that my brain caught up it makes a lot more sense.

Naner said...

This is Katherine's request for her 10th Birthday meal. We told her we would go out to dinner and she begged for the Chalupas from Jenni's blog. Chal-u-paaaaaa!!!!