Taco Bell Chalupa Supreme copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Taco Bell Chalupa Supreme

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I’m not sure when it happened, but it appears Taco Bell recently changed its seasoned beef recipe. I hacked the recipe several years ago for the book TSR Step-by-Step, and I recall the recipe had much more oat filler, so that’s how I cloned it. Taco Bell came under fire in 2011 for the significant amount of oats in the recipe that the chain was listing as “spices,” and after that, Taco Bell was more transparent about ingredients. But somewhere along the way it appears the company tweaked the recipe to include less filler and more flavor, so I decided I had to create a new Top Secret Recipe for the beef.

This recipe makes a duplicate of the beef currently served at Taco Bell. If you want to turn it into a Chalupa—which the restaurant makes by deep frying the flatbread used for Gorditas—the instructions are here. But you can also use this new, improved beef hack for anything you’re copying, whether it's tacos, burritos, Enchiritos, Mexican Pizzas, or a big pile of nachos.

The secret ingredient in our hack is Knorr tomato bouillon. This flavor powder adds many ingredients found in the original recipe and provides the umami savoriness that’s required for a spot-on clone of the famous seasoned ground beef. To get the right flavor, you need to find "Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Flavor" powder, in a jar. Not the bouillon cubes.

Smother your creation in mildhot or diablo sauce. Try all my Taco Bell copycat recipes here


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  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef (20% fat)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
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david fullerton
May 5, 2021, 00:34

Hot Dog!!! Finally, a good recipe for Taco Bell's seasoned beef. We've tried to make a copycat / clone of it, and we got pretty close. But, I think that this recipe is SPOT-ON. Not sure about the Chalupa, but the Taco Meat is as close to Taco Bell's as you can make at home. Or, at least in my opinion, it is.

Michele Jacobs
May 28, 2019, 17:21

The seasoning for the beef is spot on! Haven’t tried the flatbread- usually make fry bread, but I’m sure good and way easier. If anyone is looking for a great copycat, this is the one.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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