[ chuh-loo-puh; Spanish chah-loo-pah ]
/ tʃəˈlu pə; Spanish tʃɑˈlu pɑ /

noun, plural cha·lu·pas [chuh-loo-puh z; Spanish chah-loo-pahs] /tʃəˈlu pəz; Spanish tʃɑˈlu pɑs/. Mexican Cookery.

a fried tortilla spread with bean paste or ground cooked meat and topped with shredded cheese, lettuce, chopped tomato, and often hot sauce.

Origin of chalupa

1890–95, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish; Spanish: boat, launch < French chaloupe; see shallop, sloop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019