Double Decker Tacos (Taco Bell copycat recipe)
Delicious and easy homemade version of Taco Bell's Double Decker Tacos
8 hard taco shells
8 corn tortillas (or soft-taco-sized flour tortillas)
2 cups refried beans*, warmed
1 pound ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon chili powder
dash black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin (I love freshly-ground cumin!)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Tapatio or other hot sauce, to taste
4 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup diced tomatoes
1. Fry ground beef with onion and garlic. Drain well and return to pan. Toss meat with the tablespoon of flour. Stir in water, chili powder, pepper, salt, cumin, brown sugar, and hot sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and breaking any large chunks of beef into smaller bits.
2. Heat a griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat. Lightly spray or drizzle with a little oil and then cook corn tortillas until lightly browned on both sides (1-2 minutes per side).
3. Evenly spread about 1/4 cup of the warmed refried beans over a cooked corn tortilla. Place a hard taco shell inside and wrap with the tortilla, so that the beans are a layer between the hard shell and soft tortilla.
4. Fill taco with about 1/4 cup meat mixture, 1/2 cup lettuce, 2 tablespoons shredded cheese and 2 tablespoons diced tomato. Serve and enjoy!
We love these! We rarely have plain hard shell tacos, since the shells are so fragile and difficult to fill. Making double decker tacos instead holds everything together and tastes great! This is my copycat imitation of Taco Bell's Double Decker Tacos.