Double Decker El Patos

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By Joanne Cantrall
from Spokane Valley, WA

Recipe my Mom received from a dear family friend at least 45 years ago. I have searched & seached the internet and haven't seen this recipe anywhere! Something different that our family loves, my 40 year old son still requests El Patos when he visits.

serves 6-8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top


  • 1 can
    (7 3/4 oz can) el pato tomato sauce
  • 2 can
    (8 oz can) tomato sauce
  • 1
    tomato sauce can of water
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1- 1.25 lb
    hamburger, browned and drained
  • 1 pkg
    6" flour tortillas
  • 1/2 c
    canola oil, or oil of your choice
  • toppings- shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced olives, chopped avacado, sour cream-anything you add to your tacos!

How To Make

  • 1
    1. While hamburger is browning in frying pan, start sauce in 2 QT saucepan by melting butter over medium heat. Add flour to butter and wisk, cooking until smooth and very lightly browned. Add 2 cans tomato sauce, 1 tomato sauce can of water and 1/2 -1 can of El Pato Sauce, depending on how spicy you want it. (I use about 3/4 of the can-this is spicy stuff!)
  • 2
    2. When hamburger is browned, drain fat and add hamburger to sauce. Cover saucepan and simmer on low heat while you prepare your toppings.
  • 3
    3. With toppings ready, put 1/2 cup oil in clean frying pan and heat over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, fry torillas flat on both sides, one at a time until golden brown and crisp. Flour tortillas will bubble up when fried, just press down on the bubbles with your tongs for a few seconds to flatten. Drain on paper towels.
  • 4
    To prepare Double Decker El Pato, place one tortilla on plate, (I use paper plates because these slide around on regular ceramic/glass plates), top with 1/3 cup of sauce, and add preferred toppings. We use lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese, chopped avacado, sliced olives, sliced jalapeno peppers (from jar) and sour cream. Make a second layer on top of first layer, same as the first with tortilla, sauce and toppings.
  • 5
    Eat with fork and knife, they can get a little messy, but we sure like them! I usually serve refried beans in a small bowl. Plate is too small for both!