Latin American Foods – Potatoes – Crispy Potato Taco Recipe

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Potato Facts – Datos sobre las papas
Potato Videos – Video sobre las papas
Crispy Potato Taco Recipe – Receta de taquitos dorados de papa


Potato Facts
  • Potatoes are originally from South America.
  • They are the fourth largest food crop following corn, wheat and rice
  • The Spanish spread their use to Europe in the 16th century.
Datos sobre las papas
  • Las papas son originarias de Sudamérica.
  • Son el cuarto cultivo alimentario más grande después de maíz, trigo y arroz.
  • Los españoles difundieron su uso a Europa en el siglo XVI.
Potato Videos – Videos de las papas

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Crispy Potato Taco Recipe – Receta de taquitos dorados de papa


This recipe is the perfect combination of Latin American foods: potatoes, corn (tortilla), chili and tomato (salsa).


I feed children all day, everyday, all year long. When I am uncertain about what meal to make next I boil potatoes. It is easy and inspires me to make something yummy. This is one of my go to, last-minute, favorite recipes and requires a few simple ingredients. Vegetarians love these. Pour on some red salsa to make them perfect. 

Yo alimento a los niños todo el día, todos los días, todo el año. Cuando no estoy segura de qué comida hacer luego, hiervo las papas. Es fácil y me inspira hacer algo delicioso. Esta es una de mis recetas favoritas de último momento y require algunos ingredientes simples. Los vegetarianos aman estos. Vierta un poco de salsa roja para que sean perfectos.

Crispy Potato Tacos – Taquitos dorados de papa

I love these! Vegetarian, delicious and simple, crispy potato tacos are one of my favorite last-minute recipes. So simple you just need potatoes and tortillas with basic pantry staples. Pour on some red salsa for the perfect flavor. 

The Potato Filling

  • water – agua
  • 6 medium potatoes – papas medianas
  • cooking oil – aceite vegetal
  • 1-2 jalapeño or serrano chili peppers (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste – sal y pimienta al gusto

The Potato Taco – El taquito dorado de papa

  • 1 dozen corn tortillas – 1 docena tortillas de maíz
  • cooking oil – aceite vegetal

The Potato Filling – El relleno de papa

  1. Place potatoes in medium saucepan and cover with water. Cook over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes until tender. Drain water and peel potatoes when able to handle.

    Coloque las papas en una cacerola mediana y cubra con agua. Cocine a fuego medio durante unos 15-20 minutos hasta que estén tiernos. Escurra el agua y pele las papas cuando pueda manipularlas.

  2. Heat oil in sauté pan over medium heat. Slice chilis and fry for 2 minutes (optional). 

    Caliente el aceite en una sartén a fuego medio. Cortar los chilis y freír durante 2 minutos. 

  3. Then add potatoes to hot oil and mash.

    Luego agregue las papas al aceite caliente y se aplasta.

  4. Mash the potato filling until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Se aplasta el relleno de la papa hasta que quede suave. Añadir sal y pimienta al gusto.

Crispy Potato Taco – El taquito dorado de papa

  1. Heat oil in sauté pan over medium flame. Place a scoop of potato into a heated corn tortilla and fold in half. Fry potato taco for 2 minutes each side until crispy. Serve with red salsa.

    Caliente el aceite en una sartén a fuego medio. Coloque una cucharada de papa en una tortilla de maíz caliente y dóblela por la mitad. Freír el taco de papa durante 2 minutos por lado hasta que quede crujiente. Se sirve con salsa roja.

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