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Why two tortillas with tacos?

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If this isn't appropriate for the Mexico board I"m sure it will be moved.
I'm curious, though, as to why tacos come with two tortillas. Is the idea you're actually getting two tacos? Or are they used in some way that I'm not familiar with.

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  1. holds together better

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    1. re: thew

      since corn tortillas can break easily, the two tortillas ensure that the fillings are contained successfully....

      1. re: kubasd

        Yup.

    2. You are supposed to take the outer one off and use it to wipe the grease off your mouth and chin when you are finished.

      1. Usually when I've had two, they are small, and only partially overlap. That in effect creates a larger tortilla, and space for a larger amount of meat.