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2 chalupas served in a white bowl topped with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese
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EASY Black Bean Chalupas

A fun twist to the classic, these chalupas use parathas for the outer shells and are filled with a delicious spicy black bean filling, creamy baja sauce topped with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Brunch, dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 257kcal



  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion finely diced
  • ½ cup red pepper finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper finely diced
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped optional

Baja Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • ½ tablespoon white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder

To Serve

  • 6 Kawan parathas **
  • 1 cup lettuce finely chopped
  • ½ cup tomatoes diced small
  • ¼ cup red onion diced small
  • ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese


  • Baja sauce - Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Black Bean Filling - Heat oil in a medium pan, add onion, red pepper, green pepper, jalapeno, and saute until the veggies start to soften about 5 minutes. Add beans, taco seasoning, salt, and mix well. Add water and mix. Lightly mash with a potato masher, Garnish with cilantro. Reserve the filling
  • Shells - Add Kawan paratha on a preheated skillet and book about 80%. Repeat with the second paratha. Fold both in the middle to form a semi-circle and place in a preheated air fryer. Cook at 350 F for 5 minutes. Carefully take out the crispy air-fried paratha shells with a silicone spatula. Continue to cook and air fry the remaining parathas.
  • Assemble - Take one of the folded parathas and evenly spread about ¼ cup of bean filling in the middle. Spread lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cheese on top. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of sauce on top and serve.



  1. The Nutrition facts do not include frozen Kawan Parathas. Each Plain Parathas is 280Kcal, 35 g carb, 14 g fat, and 5 g protein. You can also use their low GI parathas, wheat parathas which vary in nutrition. 


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 825IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
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