cha·​lu·​pa chä-ˈlü-pä How to pronounce chalupa (audio)
: a fried corn tortilla sometimes shaped like a boat and usually filled with a savory mixture (as of meat, vegetables, or cheese)

Examples of chalupa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carlos Uriel Sumano Arias, paddling a flat-bottomed chalupa belonging to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), slips into a quiet canal and lays up next to a chinampa, an artificial island for growing crops—a farming system invented by the Aztecs. Byrichard Stone,, 9 May 2023 Don’t overlook the crispy corn chalupa shells. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Apr. 2021 My husband and daughter took turns attempting the drumming patterns of the chalupa, an upbeat traditional rhythm. Anika Fajardo, Travel + Leisure, 10 Mar. 2023 The La Crosse native and Big Ten Player of the Year this season for the Wisconsin Badgers stars in a regularly recurring Taco Bell advertisement pushing the toasted cheddar chalupa, using the forthcoming NBA draft as a theme. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2022 Top each hot, crispy chalupa or sope with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the warmed filling of your choice. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 The tantalizing combination is only available for a limited time in Canada and, sadly, won't be available in the United States once the chalupa makes its stateside debut in November. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 19 Sep. 2020 The wine won't be sold in the U.S. until the new chalupa rolls out in November, Valinsky added. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2020 Each allegedly offers its own flavor experience, while the middle chalupa represents a co-mingling of the two (seriously, there are actually tripartite for eating it on the company’s website). Emily Heil, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, boat, skiff, from French chaloupe

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chalupa was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Chalupa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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