Pita Chalupas

4 | February 8, 2011

So, I had this great recipe lined up for you today for a date-night dinner with your Valentine. It was divine, really. But as we all know life interrupted and as my daughter was running around pretending she was a cow knocking over this and that to the soundtrack of my husband playing the guitar, the steak that was supposed to be today’s post didn’t made it out of the freezer in time. I rushed but by the time the spinach was sauteed, garlic chips were made and the red wine reduction was simmering away it was pitch black outside or as one of my favorite quotes says, darker than a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night and it was to late to take a shot of anything. I just couldn’t bring you a post with out any photos. My apologies. But no worries I have a back up plan for Cupid later this week.

Not wanting to leave you empty handed today… this is a look at what we eat here for lunch. Super simple. No frills or fuss. You really don’t need measurements or a recipe. I don’t know if it’s the fact that in elementary school they served chalupas every single day in Texas in my youth that makes me constantly crave them or what but I do. And since a normal chalupa is probably one of the worst things you can feed a child here is our simple low-fat version.

Pita Chalupa

  • 1 pita whole wheat pocket
  • 4  Tablespoons of fat-free refried beans
  • 2 Tablespoon of shredded cheddar, or monterey jack cheese
  • any additional toppings you wish, cilantro, diced onion, bell pepper, tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Open and separate the pita pocket in two halves.
  3. Place the pitas on an ungreased baking sheet and place in the oven for 5 minutes or until firm.
  4. Remove the pitas from the oven and spoon 2 Tablespoons of the beans onto each pita slice.
  5. Top each pita with 1 Tablespoon of cheese
  6. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes until the cheese melts
  7. Remove and top with what ever you like.

I like mine with onions, red bell pepper, cilantro, and habanero sauce. Mia likes hers with just beans and cheese but before I could take a photo of her plate she ran off and ate it.


  • Katy

    Never thought to use a pita! Thanks for the idea.

  • harper

    NOM! I want one.

  • elise m

    I made these yesterday and they were great. A lot less fattening than using a fried tortilla and my little one loved it and ate four.

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