Double Decker El Patos

Joanne Cantrall


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.


★★★★★ 1 vote

30 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 can(s)
    (7 3/4 oz can) el pato tomato sauce
  • 2 can(s)
    (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 Double Decker El Patos


  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!

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About Double Decker El Patos

Course/Dish: Tacos & Burritos
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Hashtags: #tacos, #tostadas

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