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Elementary School Chalupa

Mike13241 Dec 3, 2008 05:32 PM

Ok so bear with me on this, but did anyone else have a "chalupa" on their elementary school cafeteria menu? Basically it was a shallow oblong tortilla shell boat with a thin layer of cheddar cheese and ground beef on the bottom. It then usually had a haphazard spray of shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes on top.

I'm sure that if you didn't eat it as a kid you'd probably hate it if you ate it now, but my god, those things were insanely satisfying.

I always looked forward to chalupa day and can't help but wonder if there is something similar out there where I can get my childhood fix. Anyone know of such a thing anywhere in LA? I know I could probably just make the thing easy but please indulge me.

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    dabruins07 RE: Mike13241 Dec 3, 2008 08:40 PM

    I remember those when i was in elementary school. It was like a giant frito chip. We also had these things called meat pockets that were awesome.

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      ReelMike84 RE: dabruins07 Dec 5, 2008 11:35 AM

      Wow good call on the frito chip analogy. It didn't even occur to me that for all intensive purposes it was like a big frito chip.

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      justagthing RE: Mike13241 Dec 3, 2008 09:10 PM

      I teach in Long Beach and they still serve something like that in our schools. The kids like it, but yes, it does not look so appetizing to me.

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        BCM RE: Mike13241 Dec 4, 2008 09:45 AM

        OMG Mike! I thought I was the only one that longed for these. I loved those Chalupas!!!

        I also loved the 'meat pockets' that “Dabruins07” mentioned, actually these were my favorite... They had a slightly flaky crust on the outside and seasoned ground beef with cheese on the inside. I'm really surprised no one else has posted anything on these delectable treats. In my case I went to Huntington Drive Elementary School during 1978-1985, and I know for a fact that mostly all elementary schools around the area served them.

        Thanks Mike and Dabruins for reminding me of these. Now, I must go on a rampage to see if I could find these (or something close to them), and will let you know. If you find any thing similar, please inform us.

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          dabruins07 RE: BCM Dec 4, 2008 10:39 AM

          I think my elementary years started like in 84 and my only memories are the Chalupas, Meat Pockets (i think they changed the names to piroshkis when i was there) and the chocolate chip cookies. If you're parent prepaid for like a month of lunches you got a free cookie....those were the days.

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            ReelMike84 RE: BCM Dec 4, 2008 11:09 AM

            Haha, well I'm glad I made your day. Hopefully someone will post a lead or I'll find them myself. Sneaking into an elementary school cafeteria is probably not the way to go though.

            As for the meat pockets I think I vaguely remember something like that, but they were no where near as memorable as the chalupa.

          2. The Chowhound Team RE: Mike13241 Dec 4, 2008 11:59 AM

            Folks, please keep responses focused on where to find chalupas today. Nostalgia about elementary school food, while fun, isn't in line with Chowhound's mission of helping people eat better right now.

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              Oh Robin RE: Mike13241 Dec 5, 2008 12:48 PM

              I've seen chalupa shells or "taco boats" at some grocery stores.

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                carly_mizzou RE: Oh Robin Dec 5, 2008 02:11 PM

                hmmmm...I'm not familiar with this "chalupa" (I went to school in the mid west) BUT I loved a thing in school called taco crunch which sounds a bit similar. Have your tried chili pies? they are fritos, with chili, cheese, and sometimes onions. Sonic Drive in (there's one in Anaheim) has a fritos burrito which is nice. Just don't let it set around, the fritos turn into a corn mash rather than crunchy chips.

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                  ReelMike84 RE: carly_mizzou Dec 5, 2008 03:11 PM

                  I haven't had it, but Fab's in Reseda has it on their menu.

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                hellahungry RE: Mike13241 Dec 20, 2008 04:57 PM

                OMG! I am also on the search for this chalupa at this very moment! Have you found any new info. I am searching for a recipe. If I find one I will let you know.

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                  ReelMike84 RE: hellahungry Dec 20, 2008 07:08 PM

                  Still I'm empty handed. A recipe may be the only way to go.

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                  collcoll RE: Mike13241 Dec 20, 2008 07:58 PM

                  Other than school cafeterias (my school served them just last week!) you can find Chalupas at Taco Bell for 99 cents or so. They aren't the same boat shape, actually they look more like puffy tacos, but it's as close as you'll probably get unless you make them yourself.

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                    ReelMike84 RE: collcoll Dec 20, 2008 09:42 PM

                    Taco Bell's chalupa and the school version are not the same thing. Taco Bell's is in a puffed shell and the cheese isn't melted.

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                    Angelize273 RE: Mike13241 Oct 16, 2013 08:34 PM

                    Have you had any luck I use to live in LA and I went to school there and I really miss the chalupa from school let me know if you have any luck finding it

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