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Chalupa Taco Bell

Chalupa Taco Bell

Chalupa Taco Bell

It's no secret that the MLB has finally managed to seduce the baseball-loving public, who have been clamoring for their grand old game all too eager to break the traditional archetype of the game. But all of that good news has come with a cost. The MLB has managed to incorporate new fans, but also alienate other longtime fans who are accustomed to the game as it's traditionally played and are now left in the dust.

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While Chalupas are a permanent staple on the Taco Bell menu, and undeniably a long-running fan favorite, they're also often reinvented in special varieties for limited-time periods, a facet that really causes a stir amongst the Bell Heads (a name we just made up for Taco Bell enthusiasts). A more modern update came along with the introduction of the Naked Chicken Chalupa in 2017 (via Refinery29), and earlier this year TB unveiled that fried chicken shell delight once again, aiming to take a stake in the chicken sandwich wars, says Business Insider.

According to Garlic and Zest, a "chalupa" is the Spanish term for a kind of boat, and chalupa shells, rounded up a bit at the edges, form a sort of boat or ship's hull vessel for all the tasty ingredients inside. These shells are made from masa, a dough created from a mixture of masa harina and water — masa harina is a flour made from ground hominy or dried corn kernels, writes The Kitchn. Traditional chalupas are filled with salsa while they're still being fried, and then they're topped with cilantro, queso fresco, shredded lettuce, and meat. (Source: www.mashed.com)

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Intended only to be a limited-time item, the Naked Chicken Chalupa simply swapped out the doughy exterior for a fried chicken cutlet shaped like a taco shell. Pretty genius if you ask us. The only similarity to a regular Chalupa, though, lies within the shell's thickness, plus the toppings of lettuce, tomato, and cheese. It's one of those over-the-top, crazy items that gets people talking, but it actually tastes good too, so it's really no wonder Taco Bell has had a hit on their hands with this one.

The Naked Chicken Chalupa might be the most popular twist, but it's not the only one. While the standard Chalupa Supreme is a menu staple, the chain seems to love popping in from time to time to tease a special iteration, only to remove it again and make fans even more excited when it returns. For example, in the fall of 2020, Taco Bell spoke to cheese lovers' hearts by bringing back the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa, which had first debuted a year earlier, says Delish. With its second coming, though, the restaurant added a veggie option with black beans (per The Takeout). (Source: www.mashed.com)

 

 

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