Tacos de Papa Dorados (Potato Tacos Recipe)

Tacos de papa or Mexican potato tacos are going to become a whole family favorite fried tacos. These easy crispy golden tacos are easy to make and incredibly inexpensive too. Toss out those store bought taco shells and make these today!

Tacos de Papa | Mexican Vegan Potato Tacos

What Are Tacos de Papa

These perfectly crispy and golden tacos are some of the most popular meat free tacos in Mexican cuisine. You’ll commonly find them in a Mexican restaurant as well as every Mexican home.

They are made with budget friendly ingredients most people always have at home.

Papa means potato, so these are Mexican potato tacos.

They are made with soft corn tortillas and a seasoned potato mixture, folded in either half moon shapes or rolled up, then deep fried. Lastly, served with a shredded lettuce or shredded cabbage, crumbled cheese, sour cream and salsa.

Very basic recipe but trust me they’re incredibly flavorful and delicious.

A tray with folded up Mexican vegan potato tacos ready to be fried.

Are These Tacos Vegan

Yes, they are traditionally a vegan Mexican recipe!

Isn’t that amazing?! So next time anyone tells you that you can’t be a “true” Mexican and not eat meat, point to these tacos as an example…along with the countless other options.

A bowl of mashed potatoes with crumbled cheese being mixed in to make the vegetarian stuffing for tacos de papa.
Vegetarian Mexican Potato Tacos with Cheese

How to Make Them Vegetarian

As previously mentioned, these are indeed a vegan taco. However you can also make a vegetarian version if you’d like.

To do so, simply mix in crumbled some cotija cheese or queso fresco into the prepared potato mixture.

You could actually even make a vegan cheese version by using your favorite crumbly vegan Mexican cheese. I have a recipe for vegan cotija cheese and it works deliciously in these tacos.

Ingredients to make Mexican tacos de papa. There are warm corn tortillas, boiled potatoes, onion, garlic, salt and crumbled cheese.
Tacos de Papa Ingredients

Crispy Potato Tacos Ingredients

As I mentioned above the ingredients are easily accessible to everyone and best of all, they’re very budget friendly.

  • Corn Tortillas: You want to use soft corn tortillas and not flour tortillas for fried tacos. Flour will yield a completely different result and it won’t hold up well with the salsa.
  • Potatoes: If you have access to russet potatoes then that’s a great one to use, if not use whichever variety is available to you.
  • Onion: I always use white onion but you could use yellow onion or shallots. In a pinch you could even use red onion or spring onions, of course these two will give a slightly different taste.
  • Garlic: Typically I use around 2 garlic cloves but you can substitute with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder if desired.
  • Salt: This is to season the potatoes when boiling and also to add to the potato mixture. If you’d like you could also add a pinch or so of ground black pepper.
  • Oil: You’ll need some olive oil to fry the onion and garlic and you’ll also need some vegetable oil to deep fry the tacos.
  • Lettuce or Cabbage: To top the tacos you need either some shredded cabbage or shredded lettuce. This is up to you, everyone prefers one over the other.
  • Salsa: This is another personal choice. I personally love plenty of fresh tomato salsa over my tacos dorados. But you could use pico de gallo or salsa verde instead, if you’d like. If you have no salsa then you could just splash some hot sauce over your tacos.
  • Sour Cream: You simply can’t have tacos dorados without some Mexican sour cream or crema. I have a yummy vegan crema recipe.
A plate on top of a white and orange kitchen towel, on the plate are 3 crispy fried potato tacos that are topped with lettuce, cheese, salsa and sour cream.
Mexican Potato Tacos Recipe

How to Make the Filling

To make the filling it’s just a matter of boiling the potatoes in a large pot over medium heat with salted water and waiting until they’re fork tender. Then drain.

In a large skillet sautéing onion and garlic in a little olive oil and cooking until soft. Then adding the cooked and drained potato into the pan, and use a potato masher to start mashing until broken down.

You want a thick mashed potato consistency that sticks together. Before assembling the tacos the potato mixture needs to cool down and come to room temperature.

Making the Filling for Tacos Dorados de Papa. Onion and garlic are sauted in then the boiled potato pieces are added to the pan and mashed.
Making the Filling for Tacos Dorados de Papa

Can You Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes or Boiled Potatoes?

Mashed potatoes tend to be a bit too thin to hold together for fried potato tacos. So I’d advice against it.

Leftover potatoes are a big yes! Well as long as you can make the flavors you originally seasoned these leftover potatoes with, then go for it. I mean a little butter flavor isn’t going to ruin your tacos.

Folding and assembling vegan potato tacos with the mashed potato filling on corn tortillas then folding into half moon shapes before using a toothpick to pin close.
Folding and assembling vegan potato tacos

How to Make Tacos de Papa

Once the potato filling is prepared and has come to room temperature then you can proceed.

Vegan and Vegetarian Potato Tacos Ready to be Fried
Vegan and Vegetarian Potato Tacos Ready to be Fried

Start by heating the vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Turn flame to medium-high heat and allow to heat up while you take the tortillas and warm them in the microwave for 15 seconds. They only need to be warm enough to become flexible and bend easy.

Grab a warm soft corn tortilla, in half of each tortilla place one heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture. Then fold in half into half moon shapes. Use a toothpick to weave through the top to pin it closed. If you’d like a tighter seal you can use 3 toothpicks to pin all three sides.

Line a large plate with paper towel to drain off excess oil. Carefully fry tacos in the hot oil until crispy and golden brown on both sides.

A frying pan with hot oil and 4 tacos frying then a plate lined with paper towels and some fried tacos draining off excess oil.
Deep Fried Tacos

Air Fryer Method

You can save some calories and instead of deep frying you can use your air fryer.

Once you’ve shaped the tacos then either brush or spray with some vegetable oil. Place some inside the air fryer basket. Set temperature to 390F and set the timer to 5 minutes. After timer goes off, flip and fry a further 4 minutes. You want to keep a close eye because not all air fryers are the same. Don’t let them burn!!

Topping crispy fried tacos with shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa and sour cream.

How to Serve Potato Tacos

All you need are the shredded cabbage or lettuce, vegan or regular cheese, tomato salsa and a good drizzle of Mexican crema.

Nice and simple. But bursting with deliciousness!

Mexican Crema Drizzled Over Crispy Tacos.
Mexican Crema Drizzled Over Crispy Tacos

Pro Tips for Perfect Tacos de Papa


  • Prevent cracked tortillas or cracked tacos: Do so by making sure that they are properly warmed up before using. Do a test by folding the warmed tortilla in half and if it doesn’t crack then you’re good to go.
  • Crispy tacos every time: Make sure you fry until golden brown and this will ensure crispiness.
  • How to tell if the oil is hot enough: Place a wooden spoon into the hot oil and it the edges start to bubble up then it’s ready.
  • Flavorful tacos: Do taste the potato filling before you use it. Adjust any seasoning if you’d like.
Three crispy fried tacos on a brown plate and topped with lettuce, cheese, sour cream and mild salsa.
Tacos Dorados de Papa (Easy and Crispy Potato Tacos Recipe)
A plate on top of a white and orange kitchen towel, on the plate are 3 crispy fried potato tacos that are topped with lettuce, cheese, salsa and sour cream.

Tacos de Papa (Potato Tacos Recipe)

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
Tacos de papa or Mexican potato tacos are going to become a whole family favorite fried tacos. These easy crispy golden tacos are easy to make and incredibly inexpensive too. Toss out those store bought taco shells and make these today!
5 from 33 votes
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Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Mexican vegan, vegan mexican
Servings 16 tacos
Calories 258 kcal

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of potato peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups water for boiling
  • 1.5 Tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 small garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 16 corn tortillas warm

Toppings

  • 3 cup iceberg lettuce shredded or use white cabbage
  • 1/2 cup vegan sour cream (use my homemade recipe)
  • 1 cup homemade tomato salsa (use my homemade recipe)
  • 1 cup vegan cotija cheese (or regular cotija)

Instructions
 

  • Place the potatoes and the 1 teaspoon of salt into a pot, then pour in enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain and set aside.
    Ingredients to make Mexican tacos de papa. There are warm corn tortillas, boiled potatoes, onion, garlic, salt and crumbled cheese.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Once hot add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté until soft and a little crispy. Turn off the heat then add the boiled potatoes, the half teaspoon of salt, and use a potato masher to mash until smooth. Taste and adjust salt if desired or necessary.
    Making the Filling for Tacos Dorados de Papa. Onion and garlic are sauted in then the boiled potato pieces are added to the pan and mashed.
  • Warm up the corn tortillas then place one tablespoon of the potato filling on it. Spread it around to one half of the tortilla. Fold in half moon shapes then use a toothpick to pin the top — you could use one toothpick for each of the 3 sides if desired.
    Folding and assembling vegan potato tacos with the mashed potato filling on corn tortillas then folding into half moon shapes before using a toothpick to pin close.
  • In a frying pan you’re going to heat the cup of vegetable oil. You can test the heat of the oil by placing a wood spoon into it and if the edges on the spoon are bubbling then it’s hot enough. Carefully place some tacos into the oil, but don’t over crowd, and fry on both sides until nice and crispy. It’ll be about 5 minutes on one side then 3 minutes on the other.
    A frying pan with hot oil and 4 tacos frying then a plate lined with paper towels and some fried tacos draining off excess oil.
  • Place the fried tacos on a paper towel lined plate and drain off excess oil. Continue to fry all of the tacos until done. Allow to cool slightly and remove the toothpicks before serving.
    Mexican Crema Drizzled Over Crispy Tacos.
  • Serve 3 or 4 tacos on each plate and top with shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Serve immediately and enjoy!
    Three crispy fried tacos on a brown plate and topped with lettuce, cheese, sour cream and mild salsa. One taco has a bite taken out of it.

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Notes

To make a vegetarian version, mix in 1 cup of crumbled queso cotija or queso fresco.

Nutrition

Serving: 16servingsCalories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 655mgPotassium: 151mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 205IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg
Keyword breakfast tacos, fried tacos, potato tacos, tacos de papa, vegan
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Three crispy fried tacos on a brown plate and topped with lettuce, cheese, sour cream and mild salsa. One taco has a bite taken out of it.
Delicious Vegan Crispy Tacos

How to Reheat Leftover Crispy Tacos

I love to use my air fryer for this. Simple set the temperature to 390F and cook for 3 minutes. Check on the tacos and if warm and crispy remove if not add another 2 minutes.

You could also reheat in the oven. Set temperature to 400F and leave in there for 5 minutes. Check on them and determine if they need to be left longer or removed.

Side Dishes for Tacos de Papa

I personally just like to eat my tacos as pictured, but you can of course add any side dish that you’d like. Below are some ideas.

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41 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    One of my favorite foods!! This recipe is the best and so easy to follow. My family had me triple the recipe because they. Loved them .

  2. 5 stars
    These potato tacos were wonderful! They came out perfectly crispy, and the potato filling was so hearty and flavorful. Delicious way to enjoy taco night!

  3. 5 stars
    I didn’t know there was such a taco but I’m so glad I do now! These potato tacos are super easy and so delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for including how to make this recipe in an air fryer! Potatoes and Mexican food are two of my favorites, so combining them makes for a heavenly combination!

    1. They taste great in the air fryer too, I make them often this way and love them as much as the less healthy oil fried version. Enjoy!

  5. 5 stars
    I’m new to frying tacos and closing them with a toothpick is perfect. These are delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    I don’t care for store bought tacos either. Can’t wait to put this delicious potato taco recipe through its paces.

  7. 5 stars
    These potato tacos are amazing!! They were perfect for taco Tuesday and I love how they are meatless and still so satisfying.

  8. 5 stars
    These potato tacos are amazing!! They were perfect for taco Tuesday and I love how they are meatless and still so satisfying. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe sounds so good and I love that it uses potatoes! Such a fun Saturday night recipe to make. I can’t wait to make it again for my family. Yummy!

  10. 5 stars
    You had me at fried tacos! I am excited to try this recipe at our next taco night! Thanks for the share!

  11. 5 stars
    I wasn’t familiar with tacos de papa but found your recipe while searching for vegetarian taco recipes! I’m so happy I did! These tacos are incredibly flavorful and I loved the crunchy shells. My guests devoured them in record time (I wish I’d made a double batch!!)

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve never had these before but you’ve made them look so easy to make! So delicious too…love that crispy bite! Cannot wait to make this for the fam 😀

  13. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to try this! It looks amazing and I needed another great vegan taco recipe!

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