Refried beans act as the glue in the double decker taco. This is a family tradition in our house.
Double Decker Tacos
10 taco shells
10 small flour tortillas, snack size
1 lb ground beef
2Tbs taco seasoning (see recipe below)
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups lettuce, shredded
16 oz can refried beans
Brown ground beef. Drain. Add 2 Tbs taco seasoning (see recipe below) and 1/4 cup water.
While beef is simmering put refried beans in a small sauce pan to warm over low heat. May need to add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the beans to thin them out a bit.
Warm soft tortillas in a dry skillet over low to medium heat. You don’t want to brown or crisp them at all. Just warm them on both sides so that they are pliable.
Keep tortillas warm in foil. These can be placed in a warm oven if needed.
Assemble the tacos:
Spread warm beans on a warm flour tortilla Sprinkle beans with shredded cheese.
Stand a taco shell in the center of tortilla spread with beans and cheese. Gently press the soft tortilla onto the sides of the taco shell. Fill taco shell with beef, more shredded cheese, shredded lettuce and salsa.
1 Tbs chili powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
¼ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp paprika
1½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.
For 1 lb of ground beef, use 2 Tbs of the taco seasoning mix.