Yesterday began a week of sharing my favorite recipes from Los Barrios Family Cookbook and I also had the pleasure to chat with Diana about her love of cooking and her personal time spent with family. Many of the recipes in this cookbook I found to be perfect for our busy schedules, many of the ingridients are my basic staples in my style of cooking, the preparation is uncomplicated with tasty results. I have made these chalupas numerous times since purchasing her book, for the simple fact that they make a super quick lunch, my girls enjoy them for friday movie night and they are “family friendly” which means anyone of us can put these together. Oh and what’s a great chalupa without a great spicy sauce to drizzle on? I have also included the famous Los Barrios salsa that is served everyday at their restauraunt. Today we keep it simple, please join us tomorrow for another great recipe. Don’t forget to comment below for your chance to win your own copy of Los Barrios Family cookbook. Enjoy! Sweet Life
for part 1 of this interview click here and for contest rules…
Sweet Life- Los Barrios is widely loved for their authentic food, but many people return for the feelings that Los Barrios evokes, can you touch on how your family achieves this year after year?
Diana – Basically, when you enter our restaurants you are entering into our home. So as a guest at our home we want to make sure that your visit with us is special. Everyone ends up becoming a member of our great Los Barrios family….it is something that just happens and we love it!
Sweet Life- On your days off what do you enjoy cooking? Do your children share your love for cooking?
Diana – Usually we grill outdoors and it is always great beef, chicken, seafood and lots of veggies! Our three sons get very involved in the cooking but especially in the eating!
Chalupas Con Crema
Chalupa “Sandwiches” with Sour Cream
from Los Barrios Family Cookbook
- 2 cups guacamole
- 8 chalupa shells
- 2 cups shredded chicken
- 1 cup sour cream
- Spread 1/2 cup of the guacamole over one of the chalupa shells. Layer 1/2 cup of the chicken over it. Spread 1/4 cup of the Sour Cream over another shell and place, sour cream side down, over the chicken to make a sandwich.
- Repeat with the remaining ingridients to make a total of four sandwiches
- Serve with a fresh tomato salad, if you like
Los Barrios Salsa
from Los Barrios Family Cookbook
makes 4 cups
- 1 (16oz) can whole tomatoes
- 1 (4oz) can jalapenos chiles
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- combine the tomatoes, chiles, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a blender and blend to a chunky puree, do not blend until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl.
variation- you can make this hotter by increasing the amount of chiles
YUM!! Oh my goodness…this sounds fabulous. I need to look into Ms. Barrios …everything she makes sounds like my kinda food =)
@garcia…stay tuned puffy tacos are at the end of the week!!
If you loved the chalupas, you have to try her Puffy Tacos(can find recipe at FN). It was part of a throwdown with Bobby Flay. The Pastry Queen also has this recipe in her new cookbook. I’ve just fried them and use for a chalupa shell..Yum!
Baking is my Zen says
Love how all the ingredients are fresh…simple and delicious!
Jenn @ defunkt gourmet says
I am loving the colours and the flavours. Mmm…. my stomach is hungry. Wait, when am I never hungry??? lol…. great recipe 🙂
good golly molly – the freshness of this chalupa is just awesome … I think I could eat a dozen, even if on a full tummy… just love it
Ooh, chalupa! I want a chalupa (tee hee). Sounds so good, Bonnie & Diana. Wish I was there to gobble one (or two) down…
Beautiful job. Love the chalupa con crema recipe. The photo is gorgeous!
When you see the wonderful Mexican cuisine done right, I get sad for those people who think Taco Bell is Mexican food!
That looks so scrumptious! A perfect summer meal. Healthy and toothsome.
So fresh and perfect for summer. I love the variation with seafood, chicken and beef or even veggies. Easy dinner and best part you won’t be eating the same thing. Love it.
looks delicious. nice chat. 😉
Lori Lynn @ Taste With The Eyes says
The recipes do sound easy, and really good too. Great photos.
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner says
I have to get this cookbook!!!
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What’s For Dinner
this is goodness, plain and simple. gorgeous pictures!
It looks so beautiful and interesting! I want one!!!!
I will have to make some 🙂
denise @ quickies on the dinner table says
Oh sweet Jesus! Never had me a chalupa but boy I want one now!! Love the word too “chalupa, CHALUPA, cha-lu-pa!!!!!” *grin*
Mexican food is so good! Tha chalupa filling is yummy!
I agree..my stomach is full but I’m wanting to eat a whole plate of these!
The chalupas look fantastic! So does the salsa! I love how she says entering the restaurant is like entering her home. I would love to eat there – too bad I live on the other side of the country!
Bonnie…Your amazing looking sandwich at first immediate view looks like an oyster shell slightly opened. Instead of a pearl…you have all these other goodies ;o)
Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes,
Quanto mi piacciono questi piatti tipici.
Un abbraccio 😉
Blond Duck says
I’ve never seen chalupas like this, and I live in SA where Los Barrios is. I’m so ashamed, but not ashamed enough not to make these!
Baking Serendipity says
These look delicious! Anything with fresh guacamole in the summer is my favorite. 🙂
mmmm Mexican is my favorite! these look phenomenal!
Amy @ cookbookmaniac says
Oh my goodness. i just had my dinner and when I saw your pictures I think a part of my stomach made room for some of this. I love tex-mex! yum!
Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective says
What a great idea! This makes me want to drive to Texas this instant!