I thought this stuff was pretty blah. It did mark the first time I'd ever cooked dried beans (prepared according to the package directions). I made it exactly as written, using ground sirloin (90% lean) for the ground beef. A little salt and pepper, and the diluted beef bouillon, are still not nearly enough spices to make this a tasty Mexican-style dish. I ate the first few as overstuffed tacos, but it was pretty messy, so I ate the rest with a knife and fork, like a tostada. One complaint is that I found there were way too many beans for 10 of these. I thought I was generous when ladling the beans on, and when it was over I still had two full bowls of a bland "beans in beef broth" soup left over. This recipe has potential, but as written it's only a vague approximation to a great dish. Lastly, I'd always known these as "chalupas", but maybe you're just having fun with the name of this recipe.
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I thought this stuff was pretty blah. It did mark the first time I'd ever cooked dried beans...