Potato Tacos with Spinach

Tacos don’t have to be complicated to taste amazing. These potato tacos with spinach are a perfect example of that! These soft tacos are vegan (with vegetarian option), really easy to prepare and you’ll be surprised how flavorful such simple ingredients can be.

Soft Potato Tacos with Spinach

Potato Tacos

Tacos de papa or potato tacos are quite common in Mexico. They are authentically a vegan taco.

Though there are many variations where they’ll become vegetarian instead.

Most often you’ll see potato tacos deep fried — but these are healthier because they aren’t. These are what American’s like to call “soft tacos”.

Additionally when fried the potatoes are actually mashed, not like here where we’re leaving them in small cubes.

Spinach Tacos

To make these tacos even more delicious and nutritious we’re also adding some spinach.

The vibrant green of the spinach not only adds nutrition but also look how pretty it looks specked throughout the bits of potatoes.

Spinach tacos aren’t a common thing in Mexico but they sure do pair excellent with potatoes. Toss in some onion, garlic and seasonings and you’ve got a magical taco combination.

Vegan Taco Filling for Soft Tacos

Potato Tacos Made Vegan or Vegetarian

This recipe is an old one on my blog, I’m updating it to add a video for your convenience. Also to show you how you can serve it either vegan or vegetarian. Both versions are delicious, just depends on your needs or cravings.

Soft Tacos Vegan Recipe

To make these a vegan taco recipe just follow the instructions for the filling. Then simply top with your some red onion, your favorite salsa and a drizzle of lime juice.

Soft Tacos with Potatoes, Spinach and Cheese

To make them vegetarian you can sprinkle with either store bought or homemade queso fresco or panela.

How to Make These Vegan Potato Tacos

Amigos, the recipe is so crazy simple. There’s not much to it and I promise you’re going to put these tacos on rotation.

For starters, prep all of your ingredients before you begin. The recipe moves fast so be ready.

The potatoes need to be cut into very small cubes. This is so they don’t rip the tortilla as larger cubes. You don’t have to peel them, just make sure the potatoes are thoroughly cleaned. The recipe calls for sautéing them until soft. If you’d like you could also boil them first then sauté. I just don’t like to dirty up another dish so I sauté instead.

So begin by sautéing the onion in a little olive oil until soft and add a little bit of salt to them. Then add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Next add the potatoes, sprinkle with a little salt and cook until soft. Stir now and then to evenly cook.

While the potatoes are cooking you can prep your salsa, if you don’t have one already made. Or you can wash the dishes.

Once the potatoes are soft, add the spinach. If the leaves are large tear them into smaller pieces or use baby spinach instead. Stir and cook until the spinach wilts.

Next add some ground black pepper and a little bit more salt if desired. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Now you’re ready to serve.

How to Serve These Soft Tacos

Tomato and Chile de Arbol Salsa

I love these tacos with either a simple salsa verde, a spicy tomato and chile de arbol salsa. Also my fire roasted tomato salsa made in a molcajete is great on them.

All salsas are delicious but each give a slight different flavor.

Besides the queso (if you’re making them vegetarian), another great side dish is refried beans to give the meal a bit more protein.

Occasionally when I have extra chiles gueros or banana peppers, I love to grill them on the stove until soft. They taste amazing, give it a try sometime.

Potato and Spinach Tacos | Soft Tacos Made Vegan or Vegetarian

Alright amigos below is the fully written recipe. You can also watch the video for a visual guide. If you have any questions do let me know. You can send me and email or reach out on Instagram. Enjoy!

If you make them please do leave a star rating review in your comment. It’s a huge help for my blog if you do so. Gracias!

Soft Potato Tacos with Spinach

Potato Tacos with Spinach (Vegan Soft Tacos)

MexicanMadeMeatless.com & Nancy Lopez-McHugh
A superb vegan taco recipe that is perfect taco night. If you want you can make them vegetarian by adding some queso fresco. Don't let the simple ingredients list fool you into thinking these tacos are plain, far from it. They are bursting with great flavors.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Mexican, vegan mexican, vegetarian mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 351 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 1 lb fresh spinach more if desired
  • 1/3 cup white onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper adjust to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas or flour if desired
  • 1/4 medium red onion sliced (for topping)

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a very large pan. Once warm add the onion and sprinkle with pinch of sea salt. Sauté until soft and translucent.
  • Next add the minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Then add the potatoes, mix well and cook until soft. Stir now and then for even cooking. You can cover the pan or add a little bit of water to prevent them from sticking to the pan and having to add extra oil. Sprinkle the potatoes with a little bit more salt.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked through mix in the spinach. Adding a little bit at at time until all has been added. Cook just until wilted. Taste the potatoes to see if more salt is needed. Then sprinkle in the ground black pepper and more salt if desired. Turn off the heat and serve.

To Serve The Tacos

  • Warm the tortillas and place about a couple of tablespoons of the potato mix into each tortilla.
  • Top with sliced red onion, serve with a couple of lime wedges and salsa. Let everyone add the lime juice and salsa.
    Tomato and Chile de Arbol Salsa

Video

Notes

**It is very important that the potatoes be well salted, because they combined with the onion and garlic is where most of the flavor comes from. After the potatoes are cooked through be sure to taste them and if needed add another pinch of sea salt.
To make these tacos vegetarian, top with some crumbled queso fresco or panela. 
Or you can also use a vegan queso if desired.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 4servingsCalories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 12gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 718mgPotassium: 1596mgFiber: 12gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 10639IUVitamin C: 71mgCalcium: 208mgIron: 6mg
Keyword potatoes, soft tacos, tacos
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Delicious vegan potato tacos

Have Leftovers?

If you have any leftovers you can use them to fill quesadillas, or sopes or gorditas — even burritos!

Another thing I love to do is the next morning warm up the leftovers and serve with a sunny side up egg. It makes a delicious breakfast!

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23 Comments

  1. Bookmarked for trying out soon! I’m always on the look out for tasty but meatless Mexican dishes. This one looks like a winner. Tiene una pinta deliciosa!

  2. Oh my gosh, these look so good! I will have to try them soon. I also have a husband who will eat anything I make. It is so nice! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I’m making this for Meatless Friday this Lent! I make a very similar recipe but use chard instead of spinach. It’s also pretty good with some nice green salsa 🙂

    1. Yes chard works perfect and green salsa is the perfect accompaniment — it’s how I’ve been serving them too. 🙂 Buen provecho, Fabi!

  4. 5 stars
    A superb taco recipe that is perfect for vegetarian or for meatless meals, I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5 stars
    I appreciate your food recipes, which is why I came back to see what new and exciting foods you’d added to your blog. This recipe looks wonderful and delicious, and I’m excited to taste it.

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