Double Decker Tacos (Taco Bell copycat recipe)

Double Decker Tacos (Taco Bell copycat recipe)

Delicious and easy homemade version of Taco Bell's Double Decker Tacos


8 servings


8 hard taco shells
8 corn tortillas (or soft-taco-sized flour tortillas)
2 cups refried beans*, warmed
1 pound ground beef
1 onion
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!

Double decker tacos

Additional Notes: 

*I use homemade refried beans or just some mashed cooked pinto beans. You could also use a 15-ounce can of prepared refried beans.

Flour tortillas are what Taco Bell uses; we like corn tortillas better, and they're cheaper as well, so that is what we use instead of flour tortillas. :)

Double decker tacos

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

15 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

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.

Double decker tacos


Back in the 70s we lived in Pasco Wash. and there was a little taco stand that made tacos this way. I tried for years to interest Taco Time in the idea, but it never caught on then years later Taco Bell started making them. But the ones we had were made with a flour taco on the outside. Oh they were so good. But this is a very good recipe.


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