Happy Friday Y’all! So ready for the weekend and all the festivities involved. This week and next week (which is a half week for us), are proving to be super busy, so with our festive Friday dinner, tequila cocktails are definitely in order!
We love Mexican food, and more often than not, if we eat it, I make something at home. Its not easy to find good Mexican food in Connecticut! I have met a lot of different people from all over latin america here, but surprisingly not many fellow Mexican Americans. There are lots of people here from Europe, Honduras, Guatemala, Columbia, and other places though making it a unique cultural melting pot.
Chalupas are basically giant nachos. They can be a little messy to eat, but when all of your ingredients are fresh, they are so tasty! We had these for dinner recently and James really enjoyed himself. They are such a great thing to make for groups also as everyone can get involved making their own and adding the toppings they like.
What you need:
- Juice from 2 limes
- 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 3lbs of skirt steak or sirloin
- 6-8 Chalupa Tostadas
- 2 cups Refried Beans homemade or store-bought
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 1-2 tomatoes
- 1-2 jalapeños
- 3-4 lime wedges to serve
Pre-Heat your oven to 350F.
Mix together your marinade and place beef and mix in a zip lock bag or shallow dish and cover. Marinate your beef for at least an hour, or overnight if possible.
Once your beef has marinated, cook on grill or grill pan over medium heat until cooked. My beef was really thick so this took at least 15min for medium rare, but if you have thinner skirt steak, it will cook faster.
Remove cooked beef from the grill and let rest for 2omin. Slice up the beef in bite sized chunks to assemble your chalupas.
Spread beans over the tostada, and layer on beef and cheese.
Place in the oven for about 10min to heat the beans through and melt the cheese.
Remove from the oven and serve with chopped up lettuce, tomato, jalapeño, and lime wedges.
This is fun to do as a family and let everyone build their own chalupas.
Enjoy with a beer or tequila cocktail and get your weekend kicked off on the right foot!