chalupa

chalupa

[chuh-loo-puh; Spanish chah-loo-pah]
noun, plural chalupas [chuh-loo-puhz; Spanish chah-loo-pahs] . Mexican Cookery.
a fried tortilla spread with bean paste or ground cooked meat and topped with shredded cheese, lettuce, chopped tomato, and often hot sauce.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish; Spanish: boat, launch < French chaloupe; see shallop, sloop

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Main Entry:  chalupa
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  corn tortilla dough fried in a boat shape and filled with shredded meat, vegetables, or cheese as an appetizer
Etymology:  Spanish 'boat, launch'
Usage:  cooking
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