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Better Than the Taco Bell Double Decker Taco

Was anyone else upset when Taco Bell took the Double Decker Taco off their menu? Well, this recipe will fill that void in your life. With a few simple changes, I think you'll find it even tastes better than the original.

I grew up just down the street from a Taco Bell. It was one of my go-to spots when I needed to fill a fast-food craving. When I discovered the Double Decker Taco, there was no turning back. I had to order it on every single visit. This taco was the perfect fusion of a burrito and a taco. In my twenties, this taco gave me comfort when I missed home. It was there on fun drunken nights, sad days, happy days, on any day, it was there. In my thirties, Taco Bell announced they would be removing my beloved taco from its menu. That's when I set out to replicate it. Not only did I do that, but with just a few simple tweaks and an extra dash of love, the "Better Than the Taco Bell Double Decker Taco" was born.

Better Than the Taco Bell Double Decker Taco

Servings 2-4


  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef

  • 1/2 Onion, finely diced

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, finely minced

  • 1 tsp Vegetable Oil

  • 2-3 cups Lettuce, thinly sliced

  • 1 Pack Crunchy Taco Shells (preferably Old El Paso Stand n' Stuff)

  • 10 Fajita Style Flour Tortillas

  • 1 can Refried Beans

  • 1 Packet of Taco Seasoning (preferably Taco Bell Original Taco Seasoning Mix)

  • 1 bag shredded Mexican Style Cheese

  • 1 Tomato, finely diced for topping (optional)

  • Salsa for topping (optional)


  1. On a medium high heat, heat vegetable oil and add finely diced onion. Cook until soft for 3-5 minutes.

  2. Add finely minced garlic, then cook for one more minute.

  3. Add lean ground beef to the pan, breaking it up and mixing until browned.

  4. Add taco seasoning and follow the package directions.

  5. Once taco meat is fully cooked, place in a bowl and set aside.

  6. Cook taco shells according to the package directions.

  7. In a small pan, heat refried beans until warm.

  8. Once refried beans are heated through, place in a bowl and set aside.

  9. In a small pan, heat tortillas until soft and warm. Alternatively, this can be done in the microwave.

  10. Now, we're ready to assemble!

  11. On flour tortilla, add 2-3 tbsp of refried beans, spread it across the tortilla.

  12. Place taco shell in the middle and fold the tortilla onto the shell. The refried beans will adhere to the shell.

  13. Fill your taco with 2-3 tbsp of the ground beef mixture.

  14. Next, add lettuce and cheese. You'll want about 2-3 tbsp of both as well.

  15. Lastly, add tomato or salsa on top and enjoy!

Customize it!

Toppings like avocado, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, and lime all work wonderfully here. You could also add more veggies like jalapeno, bell peppers or even mushrooms.

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