Mexican tacos de papa are delicious, crispy potato tacos, with corn tortillas stuffed with seasoned mashed potatoes then fried until golden, easy to make!
Crispy Potato Tacos Recipe (Tacos de Papa Dorados)
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Tacos de Papa is a mouth-watering Mexican dish of mashed potato tacos that are crispy fried on the outside and creamy on the inside. The mashed potatoes are seasoned and whipped, spooned onto tortillas, then fried until golden.
They are great as a dinner or a snack, and you can top them with any and all of your favorite taco toppings.
Plus! They're easy to make! I like easy. They're especially easy if you happen to have leftover mashed potatoes on hand, perfect for this recipe.
Let's talk about how to make tacos de papa, shall we?
Tacos de Papa Ingredients
The full ingredients list with measurements is listed in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- FOR THE PAPAS (Mashed Potato Filling)
- Potatoes. Use your favorite. Russet potatoes are great.
- Mexican Crema. Or use sour cream.
- Spices. Garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. I also like to use ancho powder, though you can use guajillo, a chili powder blend, or paprika.
- FOR ASSEMBLY
- Vegetable Oil. For frying.
- Corn Tortillas. You can use flour tortillas.
- Toppings. I’m using pico de gallo, queso fresco, sliced radish, chili flakes, adobo sauce, taco sauce. Use your favorites!
How to Make Tacos de Papa - the Recipe Method
Make the Mashed Potatoes. Boil, then mash the potatoes with butter, crema our sour cream, and spices. Make it nice and creamy.
Fry the Tacos de Papa. Get your oil nice and hot for frying. Warm your tortillas so they don't crack, then spoon on about 1/4 cup mashed potato mixture.
Fold the tacos over, then fry them a couple minutes per side, until they are crispy and golden.
Drain them of excess oil on paper towels or a wire rack.
Boom! Done! Your crispy potato tacos are ready to serve. Just look at that crispiness. So good! Don't forget all of your favorite taco toppings!
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Great for Leftover Mashed Potatoes! If you have leftover mashed potatoes from the holidays, you can easily make tacos de papa. You can also make the mashed potatoes 2-3 days ahead of time.
- Use Your Favorite Toppings! These tacos are super versatile. Top them with sliced avocado, salsa, cilantro, cotija cheese, shredded cabbage, or try some of these favorites:
Storage & Leftovers
Leftover tacos de papa will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container. You can warm them up in the oven or air fryer to enjoy again. I do not recommend the microwave, as they will become soggy.
It is better to save any leftover mashed potatoes separately in a sealed container up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Then, you can make tacos de papa when ready.
That's it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this tacos de papa recipe. Let me know if you make it. I'd love to hear how it turned out for you, and if you decided to spice it up!
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Tacos de Papa (Potato Tacos Recipe)
FOR THE PAPAS (Mashed Potato Filling)
- 2 pounds potatoes peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup Mexican crema or use sour cream
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder optional – or use guajillo, a chili powder blend, or paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- ½ cup vegetable oil or more as needed
- 12-16 corn tortillas
- Toppings. I’m using pico de gallo, crumbly white cheese, sliced radish, chili flakes, adobo sauce. Use your favorites!
- Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the potatoes. Boil them for 20-25 minutes, or until very soft.
- Drain and add to a large mixing bowl with the butter, crema or sour cream, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Mash until very smooth.
- Heat the oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
- Warm the tortillas in the microwave or in a pan heated to medium-high – this will ensure they do not break.
- Spoon 1/4 cup mashed potatoes into each tortilla and fold them in half. Fry each stuffed tortilla in batches in the oil 2-3 minutes per side, or until crispy and golden. Drain on a wire rack or on paper towels. You can keep them warmed in the oven at 200 degrees F if needed.
- Serve with your favorite toppings and salsa or sauce.