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chalupa

[chuh-loo-puh; Spanish chah-loo-pah] /tʃəˈlu pə; Spanish tʃɑˈlu pɑ/
noun, plural chalupas
[chuh-loo-puh z; Spanish chah-loo-pahs] /tʃəˈlu pəz; Spanish tʃɑˈlu pɑs/ (Show IPA).
Mexican Cookery.
1.
a fried tortilla spread with bean paste or ground cooked meat and topped with shredded cheese, lettuce, chopped tomato, and often hot sauce.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish; Spanish: boat, launch < French chaloupe; see shallop, sloop
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Contemporary definitions for chalupa
noun

corn tortilla dough fried in a boat shape and filled with shredded meat, vegetables, or cheese as an appetizer

Word Origin

Spanish 'boat, launch'

Usage Note

cooking

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