Tacos De Papa Recipe

4 servings
25 min

Hey there, fellow foodies! Ever been on a flavor trip to the heart of Mexico? It's as simple as biting into a Tacos de Papas. Imagine this: crispy fried tacos stuffed with seasoned, mashed potatoes, tangy pickled red onions, and crumbly cotija cheese. Sounds tempting, right? But wait, there's more!

You can jazz them up with juicy tomatoes, dollops of creamy sour cream, or any other topping that tickles your fancy. And guess what? I've got a foolproof guide that walks you through each step, so you're not just cooking, you're having a blast! From transforming humble potatoes into mouthwatering fillings to achieving that perfect golden crispness – we've got all the tips and tricks up our sleeves.

Tacos de Papas aren't just a Lent favorite for those skipping meat; they're a downright treat anytime you crave them. So, how about rolling up your sleeves and giving these vegetarian-friendly (or vegan if you tweak it a bit) tacos a whirl? Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

four tacos the papas served
What are tacos de papas?

Tacos de Papas, also known as Potato Tacos or Tacos Dorados de Papa (which translates to ‘Golden Potato Tacos'), are a mouth-watering gem from the heart of Mexican cuisine.

So, what do these tantalizing treats include? Imagine this: Crispy tortillas filled to the brim with seasoned, mashed potatoes. But it doesn't stop there! They're usually topped off with a sprinkle of crumbled cotija cheese and some tangy pickled red onions.

And the cherry on top? You can add your own twist with garnishes like fresh tomatoes, creamy sour cream, or really any topping that tickles your taste buds. Sounds irresistible, right?

And the best part? These delightful tacos aren't just for meat-eaters. They're a popular choice for vegetarians and vegans, too, especially during Lent. So whether you're looking for a meat-free taco option or want to try something new and delicious, Tacos de Papas have got you covered.

Tacos De Papas History

Tacos de Papas, or potato tacos, have a rich history that adds to their charm. The delicious recipe was discovered by Spanish explorers who took it back to Europe. Later, Irish immigrants brought it to the United States in the 18th century. However, the recipe was mostly popular in central and south Mexico until the 19th century. As the tacos spread to northern Mexico, beef fillings were introduced.

These tacos are a traditional street food in Mexico, typically stuffed with cumin-spiced potatoes and fried until crispy. Some sources also suggest that these crispy, cheesy, potato-filled tortillas originated in Jalisco in Western Mexico, while others claim they are a culinary creation from the region of Colima. Regardless of their exact origin within Mexico, Tacos de Papas are a beloved part of Mexican cuisine.

Interestingly, while hard-shelled tacos are often considered a Tex-Mex invention, Potato Tacos have been confirmed to be of authentic Mexican origin. This not only underscores the cultural importance of this dish but also its widespread popularity.

Today, Tacos de Papas are enjoyed worldwide, not just as a meatless alternative during Lent, but as a satisfying option for vegetarian or vegan taco lovers at any time. Their unique flavor profile and versatility have contributed to their popularity, making them a staple in both traditional and modern Mexican cuisine.

Top view of served tacos de papas
What type of tortillas are used to make tacos de papa?

Tacos de Papas are typically made using corn tortillas. In this recipe, we used flour tortillas. These tortillas are filled with Mexican-spiced mashed potatoes and then lightly fried until they reach a golden perfection. The use of corn tortillas is consistent across various recipes for Tacos de Papas.

The corn tortillas not only provide a sturdy shell for the mashed potato filling but also contribute a distinct flavor that complements the potatoes well. Once fried, these tortillas become crispy, adding a satisfying crunch to every bite.

What can you add to homemade taco de papa?

Making homemade Tacos de Papa gives you the freedom to add your own twist to this traditional Mexican dish. Here are some ideas based on various recipes found across the web:

  1. Cheese: Queso fresco is a common addition, but other crumbly cheeses can also work well. Some recipes even suggest using sour cream for a tangy kick.
  2. Onions and Garlic: Chopped onions add a nice crunch and flavor, while garlic cloves can be used to season the potatoes.
  3. Spices: Cumin is traditionally used to season the potatoes, but you could also add black pepper or other spices that suit your taste.
  4. Dairy: Some recipes suggest mashing the potatoes with butter, milk, and cream to make them extra creamy.
  5. Toppings: Once your Tacos de Papa are ready, you can top them with anything you like! Fresh tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, salsa, or guacamole are all popular choices.
  6. Proteins: Though not traditional, you could also add cooked beans, tofu, or even some shredded chicken or beef if you're not vegetarian.

Remember, the best part about cooking at home is that you can customize recipes to fit your personal preferences. So feel free to get creative with your Tacos de Papa!

Taco Papas Ingredients

Ready to bring some authentic Mexican flavor to your kitchen? Brace yourself for the scrumptious taste of Tacos de Papa!

For this delightful treat, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 4 Flour tortillas, to hold the flavors together
  • 2 Potatoes, washed, the main star of our dish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste, giving your Tacos de Papa the extra kick
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder, to enhance the flavor even more
  • Quick pickled onions, for that tangy flavor
  • Cotija cheese, to add that creamy texture
  • Oil for deep frying, because who doesn't love a good, crispy taco?

This recipe offers you a mouthwatering dish of Tacos de Papa – fried tacos filled with flavored mashed potatoes, pickled red onions, and cotija cheese. They can be topped with tomatoes, sour cream, and whatever else your heart desires, making them a customizable, crowd-pleaser meal. It's a popular meatless alternative and a go-to dish, especially during Lent.

How to Make Tacos De Papa

Ready to create an authentic and delicious Mexican dish? Follow these steps to make Tacos de Papa, a flavorful and satisfying meal!

  1. Start by cooking the two washed potatoes. Fill a pot with water and heat until the potatoes are fork-tender. This means you can easily pierce them with a fork.
  2. Next, drain the water and remember to pat dry the potatoes. This is an important step to get rid of any excess moisture.
  3. Take your potatoes and mash them until they are chunky. Here is where you get to season them! Mix in salt, pepper, and a teaspoon of garlic powder. This will give your potato filling a lovely and robust flavor.
  4. Now, take your flour tortillas. Fill each one with a generous scoop of your seasoned potato paste and fold them to close.
  5. Heat up some oil in a large skillet. Deep fry each of your tacos until they achieve a golden brown, crispy finish.
  6. Transfer your freshly fried tacos to a plate and remember to pat dry with a paper towel. This helps rid them of excess oil.
  7. The final step is the filling! Open each taco and add quick pickled onions and Cotija cheese. These toppings add a burst of flavor to your Tacos de Papa.
  8. And here's a twist; you can further customize your tacos with optional toppings such as tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, more cheese, and sauce. These can add extra dimensions to your meal, making it even more enjoyable.

And there you have it! Tacos de Papa: simple to make, yet bursting with flavor. Enjoy your homemade Mexican culinary adventure!

Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 2 Potatoes, washed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • Quick pickled onions
  • Cotija cheese
  • Oil for deep frying

Fill a pot with water; over medium heat, cook the potatoes until fork-tender. Discard the water and pat dry the potatoes.
With the help of a potato masher, mash the potatoes until chunky. Mix with salt and pepper and garlic powder.
Fill each tortilla with a generous scoop of potato paste and fold to close. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Deep fry the taco pressing the corners so the filling remains inside.
Once the taco is golden brown and crispy, transfer to a plate and pat dry with a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
Carefully open the taco and add some quick pickled onions and cotija cheese.
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