Double-Decker Tacos

I really like when I get to put “double decker” in a recipe title. It suggests that whatever-it-is, is substantial and doubly delicious. And just think with these tacos, gone are the days that when you bite into your hard shell and the bottom splits open and the fillings of your taco fall out onto your plate. Gone. I. Say!

These are perfect dinner for those nights you really don’t feel like pouring your heart and soul into a meal. Which sometimes is every night for me. :/

To be honest… I really don’t know why I’m posting this recipe. It’s a little ridiculous actually, because they’re CRAZY easy. Like why-in-the-heck-does-this-need-to-be-blogged easy, let alone for me to show you step-by-step on how to make them… but here I am and here they are! My homemade version of a Taco Bell favorite, the double-decker taco.

First things first, you’ll need to whip up some homemade taco seasoning, which takes all or 5 minutes, IF that!

Then throw some {a little over a pound} hamburger/ground beef/ chuck into a skillet.

Once every crumble is cooked thoroughly…. add in the taco seasoning.

And the tablespoon of flour. Give it a stir so the fat can absorb the flour, cook for a minute or two… to cook the flour a little bit.

Add in the 1/4 cup of water…

And stir. The flour, fat and water will thicken the seasonings into sauciness! Turn the heat down to low to keep warm and get working the “decker” part.

Grab a package of ten corn taco shells.

Find something to stand them up in… I’m using a 9×13 baking pan.

Grab the meat mixture….

And fill up the shells evenly!

While the meat was cooking I heated up some re-fried beans.

Spread some warm beans onto a small flour tortilla.

Lay a filled taco onto the shell…

…and press on with the rest of the tacos.

Grab some toppings…

Fill it up…

…and dig in!

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Double-Decker Tacos

My homemade version of a Taco Bell favorite!

Yield: 10 tacos

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes {for the ground beef}

Total Time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound Ground Beef

1 recipe for my homemade Taco Seasoning {linked above}

1 tablespoon Flour

1/4 cup Water

1 package of 10 Corn Taco Shells

10 Soft Flour Tortilla Shells

Re-fried Beans

Chopped Lettuce

Tomatoes

Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

Brown the ground beef in a skillet until fully cooked. Meanwhile heat up the re-fried beans.

To the beef add in the taco seasoning and flour. Stir and cook for a minute or two.

Add in the water and stir until it's thickened.

Spoon the taco meat into taco shells.

Wrap the flour tortillas in a slightly damp paper towel and heat in microwave for a minute. Smear a little of the re-fried beans onto each tortilla.

Place each corn {meat-filled} taco into the center of the bean-smeared floured tortilla and wrap. The beans acting as the glue to keep the taco and floured tortilla together.

Top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes or any of your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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25 Responses to “Double-Decker Tacos”

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    James K — September 20, 2012 at 7:18 am

    That looks delicious! And the double-decker idea is awesome, I would’ve never thought of that.

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    Kathryn — September 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Such a genius idea! I’ve never yet managed to eat a taco without everything getting everywhere!

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    Rina@Itheecook — September 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I make these all the time! My kids absolutely love them. I put the sour cream in between them so they stick together. Great recipe!

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 20th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

      Oooh sour cream… there’s an idea! :)

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    Rachel Cooks — September 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

    LOVE these! We used to do this all the time when I was growing up. Best of both worlds!

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 20th, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

      They totally are the best of both worlds! :)

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    Hannah — September 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    This is perfect! They’re easy… and I don’t feel like doing a whole bunch of cooking tonight!

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    Steph — September 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Ahhh! These are so totally cool!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Oh my God YES! Totally making these soon.

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    Cassie — September 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    These are definitely doubly-delicious! And I love your yellow skillet.

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    Krysten @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen — September 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Yum! I totally want tacos for dinner tonight now!

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    Nikki — September 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    So making these! Yummmmmy!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never maaaade these! My husband LIVES for DDTs. I’m all over this. And under them. Ohhhhhh, I said it!

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    Amanda — September 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    How fun are these? PS you’re homemade taco seasoning is the best!!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    These are my husband’s all time favorites! So need to try these!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    hope you had a fab birthday laurie! the worst part about tacos is when they split open. everything falls out! problem solved!!!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Double decker?! How have I never made these before? That outer layer of refried beans and the soft tortilla is such an amazing addition. I will have to make this for Jason when he comes back home for the holidays.

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    Tabitha — September 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    These look soooo delicious! What’s a good alternative to sour cream and beans? My fiance and I don’t like either on our tacos so any ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I never even thought about making these at home and I have no idea why! We’re having our pre-teen nieces over this weekend and now I know exactly what I’ll be making for them.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — September 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I just have to put this out there – I love Taco Bell.
    What a great thing to make at home, I am sure it is way better than TB

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    Elisa — September 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Mmmm Now I want tacos!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 24, 2012 at 12:54 am

    mmm these are perfect for that at home taco bell fix! love it

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    Jaclyn — May 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    These will make my husband beyond happy. I’m going to have to them asap. I’m sure he will just douse them in ortega though like he does with all Mexican type food!

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    Medha — December 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    What a great idea! Brilliant! Love your step by step photography and tips. Love your blog!

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 4th, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

      Thanks Medha! :)

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