Stacked Tacos

This is another recipe that I have been using for years.  I actually got it from a KSL noon news broadcast in 1997.  It was shared during the broadcast by Alisa Bangerter, who still shares recipes and ideas on the KSL  Studio 5 show.  It has been a family favorite since I first made it.  It makes a ton.  I am able to get 2 meals from one recipe.  I just save the meat mixture in a freezer bag and freeze for another night when I need something easy.  You can even extend the recipe more by only making the stack with 2 layers instead of 3.  If I do that, then I can get 3 meals from this recipe.

The original recipe called for corn tortillas, but I have adapted the recipe to use flour ones instead.  I am a big corn tortilla fan, but I actually really like it with the flour tortillas.  The recipe is similar to a Mexican pizza.  Of course, you can also add whatever additional topping you like, but I think the ones listed in the recipe are essential.

Stacked Tacos

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes (I like to use the diced tomatoes with stuff in them, I usually use the kind with the onion in them)
  • 2 cups salsa (I use mild, but adjust the spiciness to your liking by using medium or hot)
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 30 fajita sized flour tortillas
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • chopped lettuce
  • sliced olives
  • sour cream
  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain.
  2. In a large soup pot, add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salsa, tomato soup, and taco seasoning.  Stir well.  Add ground beef, mix in, and allow mixture to simmer for 1 hour to blend flavors. (the mixture will be quite soupy)
  3. Heat a small amount of cooking oil in a skillet.  Pan fry each tortilla in hot oil until brown and crisp.  Drain on paper towel.
  4. To serve: place a tortilla shell on each plate.  add 1/4 cup of saucy meat mixture on each tortilla.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Place another tortilla on top.  Place 1/4 cup sauce and cheese on that tortilla.  Repeat one more time.  You should now have a stack of 3 layers.  Then top with lettuce, olives, and a dollop of sour cream.  Makes 10 stacked tacos.

*The saucy meat mixture freezes well.  I use half  for one meal and freeze the other half for another night.

17 comments on “Stacked Tacos

  • Do you make the whole dish and freeze it to serve at a later time? Or just freeze the meat mixture?

  • Jennifer, who cares if there is typo’s.. laura, these recipes are the bomb, they are all great, my husband loves when i find a recipe off this website..i love this website!!!

  • Hey,
    I just wanted you to know we had these for dinner last night. My whole family loved them! That isn’t always something that happens. They wanted them again today at lunch. so we ate them, and the whole recipe was eaten! i thought it was a big amount apparently that is great, because we needed that much! I love your recipes. Thanks so much.


  • This looks wonderful. I’m trying it tonight! I have made many of your recipes and they are so great. I love your site. Thanks for the recipes and for making our tummies happy 🙂

  • Jennifer, who gives a crap about typos…BTW, you made one: “lots” should not be used instead of “a lot.” This is a food blog, not an English grammar blog.

    Thanks Laura. We are making these tonight!!! All of your recipes are great. I also love your chicken tortilla soup (the crock pot one)!


  • I dont know about typos…I can’t spell! LOL We have tacos every Tuesday in our home. It is huge! These would be great so I will have to put them on our menu. I will be sure to link it back to you when I do (I have a food blog, and believe that credit should be given when due)
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans

  • This sounds so yummy, thanks 🙂

  • They don’t get as crispy as chips. They are toasted and slightly crisp. I does help if you have the oil not too hot, but hot enough. I usually set my burner slightly below medium.

  • We had this for dinner last night, it was so yummy. I couldn’t get my flour tortillas crispy. Were they as crispy as a chip or just kind of toasted. We are having them again tonight so any hints on getting the tortilla crispy? I love your blog, its my favorite. Thanks

  • You have quickly become one of my favorite sites for recipes!! Thanks loads for this awesome resource. On the bottom of this page, I could click for your recipe for some kind of mint chip pie that looked incredible. The icon lead me nowhere. Could you post that recipe again sometime? That is, if you know what I am talking about. Perhaps it had ice cream in it, not sure. There was a huge beautiful mound of whipped cream on top of the slice you pictured.

    thanks for all your work!!!

  • These stacked tacos look yummy! The next time I make flour tortillas, I will think about using them with this recipe.

  • Good recipes. Love the blueberry french toast.

  • This makes me hungry! It reminds me of the Taco Bell one- I think this would be good with one fried shell, and one soft too! Thanks!

  • yumm my hubby would love it if I give these a try I think I will 🙂

  • Yummy! I love your recipes (and so does my family). Thanks for all the time you put into your fabulous blog!

  • MMM! That makes me hungry for dinner now! It also looks so facny, my kids may actually eat tacos if I make them like that. Thanks! I’m trying it this week.

  • Good recipe, lots of typos..

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