Crispy Potato Tacos ( Taco Dorados de Papa)

Crispy Potato Tacos - Taco Dorados de Papa, corn tortillas filled with creamy mashed potatoes and fried for an extra crunchy golden shell. Top with your favorite toppings and you have the best taco ever!
Crispy Potato Tacos ( Tacos de Papa)

This taco recipe is so simple and really only requires a few steps. These potato tacos are made from mashed potatoes seasoned with butter, cheese, garlic, chile powder (optional), and salt & pepper and then stuffed in corn tortillas and fried until crispy.

Crispy Potato Tacos translates to Tacos Dorados de Papa in Spanish. These crispy potato-filled tacos are a delicious dish originally from Jalisco in western Mexico. Traditionally the filling is just mashed seasoned potatoes, but other ingredients have added cheese, chili powder(optional), and more. These potato tacos are traditionally eaten for dinner during the Lenten season.


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Crispy Potato Tacos ( Taco Dorados de Papa)

Why Make Crispy Potato Tacos?
  • These potato tacos are great for feeding your family on a budget. 
  • This recipe is very easy and a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
  • Tacos de papa is a simple vegetarian Mexican dish. 
  • Quick & easy to make this delicious recipe in 30 minutes

  • Potatoes - Russet, Gold, or Red potatoes are perfect choices for this recipe.
  • Cheese - Monterey Jack, Quesadilla, or Cheddar are all great options.
  • Spices - Salt, black pepper, chili powder (optional), and garlic powder. 
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Cooking oil - Vegetable, canola, or corn oil 

How to Make Potato Tacos
  • Thoroughly wash the potatoes and peel the skin off.

Crispy Potato Tacos (Taco Dorados de Papa)

  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and allow potatoes to cook until they are soft. Place softened potatoes into a large bowl.
  • Roughly mash softened potatoes. Add butter, cheese, garlic powder, chili powder (optional), salt, and black pepper, and mix to combine.

Crispy Potato Tacos (Tacos Dorados de Papa)

  • Heat the corn tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds or on a comal.

Crispy Potato Tacos (Taco Dorados de Papa)

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Spread about 3 tablespoons of the mashed potatoes on one side of the tortillas and fold them to create tacos.

Crispy Potato Tacos (Taco Dorados de Papa)

  • Fry each taco for about 2 minutes per side, or until the tortillas are golden and crispy, flipping the taco carefully with a small spatula.

Crispy Potato Tacos (Taco Dorados de Papa)

Crispy Potato Tacos (Taco Dorados de Papa)

  • Want Spiciness? add diced jalapeƱos, roasted strips of poblanos, or serranos can be added to the mashed potatoes
  • Vegan? leave out cheese and butter, or replace it with vegan cheese and butter( or replace butter with water).
  • Meat: Add crispy bacon bits, cooked shredded chicken, or cooked ground beef 

Can I make this recipe in advance?
  • You can make the mashed potatoes ahead and refrigerate a couple days before assembling and frying tacos.

How to serve Crispy Potato Tacos

Crispy and crunchy tacos on the outside and flavorful creamy cheesy inside! 

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Crispy Potato Tacos