Classed-Up Double Decker Tacos

Dinner, Snacks

Hello! Hi!

I’m alive. I am. I have been working vigorously to get the new brand-spankin’ new A Cozy Kitchen up and running. That monstrous recipe index undated and all tidy took WAY more work than we thought but it happened! Here we are! So fresh and clean. Today we’ll be tweaking the site so there might be slight changes here and there but for the most part, welcome to the new A Cozy Kitchen!! YAY!

Now that we’re up and going, I have SO many recipes I want to share with you all. I’m so glad to be back. If you’re a sports/snack fan, you might know that the Super Bowl is this Sunday! On paper I’m rooting for the Falcons because Georgia is my homestate, my birth state, so go Falcons (sorta!). But I’m mainly team snacks. I’m guessing we’re all on that team.

I went to college in sort of a small town in North Carolina so at night, when we were all super bored, my friends and I would go to the 24-hour Wal-Mart. We would oddly have so much fun at Wal-Mart. We also went to all the chain restaurants, everything from Olive Garden to Macaroni Grill to TGIFriday’s. I hold all of them very close to my heart because of this time. Another 2am stop was Taco Bell. This was usually post Wal-Mart trip and we were usually in not the most soberest of states.

The double decker tacos from Taco Bell were always my favorite and I’ve been wanting to make them because WHY NOT! Let’s relive college just a lil’ bit. The Super Bowl is the perfect time to eat food like this.

I will say that this is a classed up. I used good ingredients and I made my own taco seasoning (mainly because I wanted to eat the meat part because of whole 30 and most of those packets contain sugar).

I’m going to be writing more about my experience on Whole 30 but today I wanted to share you this.

Oh and I didn’t actually eat this. Josh was here so he vouched for them! But I did make myself a taco salad with the ingredients and it was SO GOOD. I was like dang why didn’t I make taco salads throughout whole 30?!?!

Double-Decker Tacos

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 12 Double-Decker Tacos


Filling (with taco seasoning);

  • 1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

For serving and assembling Double-Decker Tacos:

  • 1 can of refried beans, warmed
  • 12 hard-shell tacos, baked in the oven for 7 minutes (or per the package’s instructions)
  • 12 flour tortillas, slightly warmed
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, sliced
  • Salsa, of choice
  • 3 leaves of lettuce of choice, thinly sliced (we want the shave effect)
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese or Colby Jack or Pepper Jack
  • Lime, wedges


  • To make the filling: In a medium saucepan or skillet, set over medium heat, add a teaspoon of olive oil. When warm, add the meat, along with all of the spices: cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano and salt. Break the meat up with a spatula and mix until the spices are evenly distributed throughout. When the meat begins to brown, depending on the type of meat, you may need to remove any fatty liquid with a spoon (I did this because I used ground beef). Next, add the all-purpose flour and tomato paste; mix and cook for about 5 additional minutes, until the flour is cooked and the meat is completely cooked. Set aside.
  • To assemble the Double-Decker Tacos: Place a tablespoon of refried beans on one side of a flour tortilla and smooth it around. Set a hard shell taco right in the center and wrap the flour tortilla around it. Fill the hard shell taco with a few tablespoons of meat, lettuce, a dollop of sour cream, jalapeños (optional), salsa, cheese and lettuce. Repeat until you’ve worked your way through all of the hard shell tacos and tortillas. Serve with lime wedges and cold beer.


Want to make this vegetarian?!? I bet diced squash or diced mushrooms in place of the meat would be AWESOME.
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  • Reply heather (delicious not gorgeous) February 1, 2017 at 9:09 am

    ahhh love this!! i love that you kept the mauve/dusty rose color. the site looks sooo clean and sleek.

    also: somehow i’ve never heard of a double decker taco?! i normally don’t like hard shell tacos everywhere because they crunch and crack and boom, half your taco is on your shirt/the floor/your shoe. but this way, there’s no crackage problems. and you don’t have to choose between corn and flour tortillas.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      yes of course i kept it! my favorite color! 🙂

      no crackage problems. it’s all held together by the tortilla! yay!

  • Reply Laura (A Beautiful Plate) February 1, 2017 at 10:12 am

    oh my gosh! the site looks so awesome – congrats girl! love that dusty rose color too, and its so clean and classic. (although i was a huge fan of the old design too with that gorgeous banner, so i would have loved it regardless!).

    these tacos look amazing! layering them like this is genius.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      thank you! i know. i loved that banner but man, this feels like a big gigantic facelift. so glad you love it!

  • Reply Mary February 1, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Nice job on the site and this recipe!

  • Reply Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands February 1, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I second what Heather says about hard shell tacos. Double decking it sure is the move!

  • Reply Ellie | Hungry by Nature February 1, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    The site looks gorgeous – so happy you’re back!

  • Reply michelle @ hummingbird high February 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    IT’S BEAUTIFUL! i love the new logo, so cute!!! xo

  • Reply Celia Becker @ February 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Hearty congrats on your lovely new site! I too lived on Taco Bell as a starving college student and love them to this day when in need of a fast food fix. Your classed-up tacos look soooooo much better than the drive-thru ones and are making me very hungry for a Mexican food fix. I think I’ll go make me a nice margarita on the rocks first;)

  • Reply Tieghan February 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    First off, the tacos look infreakingcredible!! Second, the new site is gorgeous!! Loving the new colors and fresh look. So fun and clean at the same time! 🙂

  • Reply Kate February 1, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Congratulations on the revamped site!

  • Reply amy h February 1, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    would faceplant into tacos again and again.

  • Reply lynn February 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Love the new look, lady!

  • Reply Laura (Untwisted Vintage) February 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Congrats on the new site. I love your little copper bowls. Those are adorable.

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    Oh my god, I loved me some double decker tacos in college. My friends and I used to dig in our purses and pockets for loose change so we could go to Taco Bell. I still crave them every once in awhile but I haven’t had one in forever. I am absolutely making these.

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    Easy to make and fun-inspiring!

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    These look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to make them. We eat a lot of tacos in our home but have never done the double decker version!

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    Your recipe is just what I was looking for. Yummy, easy and only takes 30 minutes to be ready! It’s just perfect! I will show this to my friends, I bet they’ll like it too. Thank you!

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    Awesome recipe. I really want to try this the next time I cook something! 🙂