How to make Quesalupa

Quesalupa can be described as "the first shell stuffed with melted pepper jack cheese, and stuffed with your favourite ingredients such as seasoned beef, lettuce, cheddar cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, and tomatoes.”  To simplify the term a quesadilla is a chalupa with a quesadilla outer layer.


According to Taco Bell’s fact sheet, the quesalupa is “this is the first time in Taco Bell history that a quesadilla and chalupa are coming together.” It features a good quantity of pepper jack cheese stuffed between two soft tortillas and then deep fried into the shape of a taco with a crunchy outer layer.


Let us know all the ingredients that you need to prepare this exotic dish. 

  • 1 plain pocket pita
  • 1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese, or cheese of your choice
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup shredded chicken, or chopped meat
  • 2 tsp sour cream
  • Chopped veggies (Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc)
  • 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

Method of Preparation

  • Open the pocket pita halfway very carefully just enough to stuff the cheese inside it. When you open the pita enough, sprinkle the pepper jack around equally in the pocket so that it coats the inside of the pita properly.
  • Spray a griddle, grill, or a flat pan with non-stick spray to prevent the pita from sticking on it, and then place the pita on the grill like you grill a quesadilla, on a very low flame. 
  • Don’t overcook the pita; warm up the pita enough to make the cheese melts inside it. This process will take one or two minutes. Once the cheese melts inside, switch off the flame and remove the pita from the grill. 
  • Place a frying pan on the stove and add some oil to a depth of about 1″. Heat the oil on a medium flame. 
  • Once the oil is hot, fry your pita in the oil.
  • Carefully cook the pita as it may burn due to overcooking. You just need to do this frying for few seconds. After 20 seconds the pita will turn golden-brown. Once you are done with one side, flip over and repeat the process for the other side as well. Here, your pita becomes a quesalupa. 
  • Remove the fried pita and place it on paper towels to get rid of the excess oil. Slowly bend the pita into a shell shape to get your perfect chalupa shell. You can place a fork to lightly weigh on top of the shell to make sure the shell stays in place. Let it stay in this position to cool down; this will take about five minutes.
  • Once the shell cools down, place your favorite meat inside. Add the sour cream on top of the meat to make it taste heavenly.
  • Add your favorite veggies and cheese on top of the sour cream to make it more delicious. You can add any other toppings as per your choice. 
  • Serve this awesome dish fresh and hot to enjoy its great taste.

Nutrition Facts

There are 460 calories in a Beef Quesalupa from Taco Bell; most of the calories come from fat (51%) and carbohydrates (32%).

  • Calories: 460
  • Calories From Fat: 240
  • Total Fat: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.0g
  • Trans Fat:      1.0g 
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 890mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g     1
  • Sugars: 3g    
  • Protein: 19g
  • Vitamin A:15%
  • Vitamin C:6%
  • Calcium: 35%
  • Iron: 15%

*All percent daily value figures are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Reviewed February 22, 2016




I have not been here before, but I have been curious about the new item, the Quesalupa unveiled during the Super Bowl a short time ago. I ate one today. It was good but not one of my favorite items in their menu. I don't think I will try it again. I prefer other things here much better like the crunchy tacos and the Mexican pizzas. Service was good and the price reasonable.


Date of visit: February 2016


Reviewed February 9, 2016




While Taco Bell is not real Mexican food it sure is TASTY!!! This location is one of the cleanest in Oakland County. Always tastes fresh. The staff - inside and at the drive-through - are very friendly.


Date of visit: February 2016

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A Quesalupa is basically a chalupa shell stuffed with cheese and vegetables.

The Most Popular Queries

What does quesalupa typically taste like?

Ans: According to Kat Garcia, Sr. Marketing Manager at Taco Bell, a Quesalupa typically tastes like a Chalupa but a little bit cheesier. A Chalupa is more of a flatbread, whereas the Quesalupa shell is actually made up of two flour tortillas, which is stuffed with cheese, and then fried to add crunchiness to the dish.. It's a little thicker and more flavourful than a chalupa.


What is the meaning of quesalupa?

Ans: The word quesalupa is the combination of quesadilla and chalupa. It tastes like a chalupa but comes with a twist; a quesadilla shell.