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Chalupas with sweet potato, caramelized onion and rosemary-white bean spread

I grew up in Texas, which means I have a natural tendency to gravitate toward anything served on a tortilla. Whether it's corn or flour, hard or soft, a tortilla is the perfect vessel for delivering delicious toppings straight into the harbor that is my mouth.

When you hear the word chalupa, it's likely you think of the thing that slips out of that square little box from Taco Bell--ground beef, grated cheddar, a thick spread of pinto beans. I'm constantly making new chalupa combinations, and they are usually a very far run from the border.

This one is distinctly fall-inspired, replacing pinto beans with rosemary-imbued cannellinis and heavy beef with caramelized onions and roasted sweet potatoes. The corn tortillas are baked until crisp, then slathered with bean spread and topped with a heaping helping of fun.

Baked Chalupas with Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onions and Rosemary-Garlic White Bean Spread

1. Caramelize onions. Here's how.
2. Slice up sweet potatoes into 1-inch pieces and roast or saute with olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. Bake corn tortillas on cookie sheet until crisp.
4. While tortillas are crisping, puree 1 can cannellini beans (rinsed) with garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper and olive oil in a food processor.
5. Spread beans on tortillas, top with onions and sweet potato and sprinkle with goat cheese. Bake until warm.

I served them most recently to my friends Chris and Bridget, who insisted before serving that she only wanted one. First bite. A little wink and a slight smirk arrive on Bridget's face.

"Okay, I'll have two."

How many will you have?


  1. Um, when can we get together and make these?! YUM! I'm inspired to make some Texas cuisine :)

  2. Those look De. Lish. The rosemary white bean spread sounds incredible. I'm going to have to try that one!

  3. Oh yum, simple and dee-lish! Another one added to my must make list!
    Hope all is well kitten.

  4. ooh i need to make these. i love anything that reminds me of a taco! like tacos and a folded quesadilla.

  5. fab idea, and my whole family would love these.