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Aunt Pam's Chalupas

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Our family gatherings have always revolved around food. Everyone loves to cook, but honestly we probably like to eat even more. I have so many memories of my aunts, uncles and cousins in the kitchen, each playing their own part. My Aunt Pam - an especially gifted cook - often made these Chalupas when we were all together and they were always a hit. The recipe has become a go-to when we're craving comfort food... which is right about now, with a fire in the fireplace and football on the TV.

This is a great Mexican party dish, and perfect for a crowd because everyone can build their own concoction. You might have leftovers, but it tastes even better the next day!

Aunt Pam's Chalupas

  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings


  • 3 lb. pork loin roast
  • 1 lb. pinto beans
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Tortilla chips
  • ½ lb. grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ lb. grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Salsa
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 can black olives, sliced
  • Sliced avocado
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Grated lettuce
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • Sour cream


  1. Soak the pinto beans in 4 cups of water in a large pot, overnight.
  2. Add the pork and bring to a boil, them let simmer for 3 hours, partially covered.
  3. Remove the pork from the bones and return the meat back to the pot with the beans.
  4. Add the garlic, chili powder, oregano, green chilies, cumin and salt, and stir to combine.
  5. Let simmer for another 3 hours.
  6. Serve over chips with cheese and whatever remaining ingredients you desire.

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