If you like tacos and potatoes then this is the recipe for you! Tacos de Papa, or Crispy Potato Tacos, is a popular traditional Mexican street food. I’ve never met a taco I haven’t loved. I hope you enjoy this dairy-free, plant-powered recipe as much as I do.

plate of corn tortilla tacos filled with potatoes and fresh ingredients on an oval plate, surrounded by cilantro and yellow potatoes.

Read on to find out how to make these delicious, crispy potato tacos as well as more about their origins. I love finding new recipes to try and I hope you find these as fun and delicious as I do.

Table of Contents
  1. Tacos de Papa Ingredients
  2. What to Serve with Potato Tacos
  3. Best Potatoes for Tacos
  4. How to Make Crispy Potato Tacos
  5. Crispy Tacos FAQs
  6. More Plant-Based Taco Recipes
  7. Tacos de Papa (Crispy Potato Tacos) Recipe

Tacos de Papa Ingredients

ingredients for crispy potato tacos including golden potatoes, seasonings, corn tortillas, avocados and garlic.

This delicious meal is fairly simple to make and is a great base recipe to dress up with sauces, seasonings and more.

  • Golden potatoes: using non-waxy potatoes give you the best results. Plus, I love the buttery flavor of golden potatoes.
  • Garlic: Mince some fresh garlic to add a punch of flavor.
  • Seasonings: I add cumin, sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to the potato mixture for a simple yet delicious taste.
  • Corn tortillas: Since gluten causes inflammation I stick to corn tortillas for this recipe. Look for them at a Hispanic grocer (fresh if you can find them!) for the best-flavored ones that won’t crumble.
  • Avocado oil: Since we are cooking our tacos on high heat, we need an oil that won’t burn easily. Avocado oil is great for high-heat cooking, and a little goes a long way!

What to Serve with Potato Tacos

avocado crema topped with fresh cilantro leaves.

For my dairy-free version of this Mexican-Inspired dish, I top it with avocado crema and zesty cashew cream. These are both creamy, oh-so-delicious toppings for any tacos you create.

I also love loading my potato tacos up with fresh veggies like cilantro, shredded lettuce, green onions and tomatoes. Since my love for spice is never-ending, I also add on some hot sauce. Feel free to use your favorite taco seasoning inside the potato mixture and whatever toppings you want!

Best Potatoes for Tacos

a white bowl of yellow mashed potatoes being added to 4 corn tortilla shells on a white surface.

I specifically chose golden potatoes for this recipe as they are easy to cook and have a natural buttery taste. Sweet potatoes are a great swap if you tolerate them better, and work just as well in a savory dish like this one.

Pro tip: Avoid waxy-skinned potatoes like red potatoes as they crumble more easily and won’t hold up like their non-waxy siblings.

How to Make Crispy Potato Tacos

A pan full of freshly fried tacos de papa overlapping each other on parchment paper.

These tacos take a bit of prep work to get the potato mixture just right but are quick to heat up and serve once that part is done.

  1. I start by boiling potatoes until they are fork-tender. This makes them easier to mash and eat. Once cooked, let them cool slightly (so you don’t burn your fingers while peeling!), then peel and mash them in a bowl.
  2. Mix the cumin, salt and pepper into the mashed potatoes and set aside. Heat the corn tortillas on medium-high heat in a skillet with a little bit of avocado oil. This makes them easy to fold without breaking. Fill 1/2 of each tortilla with about a tablespoon of the potato mixture.
  3. Fold the filled tacos in half and using the same heated skillet, crisp them in batches. Make sure to add a little oil to the pan between each batch to avoid sticking. It takes mine about 2-3 minutes per side to crisp the way I like them.
  4. Once all the tacos are crispy feel free to fill/top them with the fillings of your choice then serve immediately so you can enjoy them while they’re still warm.
a gray, oval plate full of a Mexican-inspired street food, tacos de papa, topped with green avocado crema and white cashew cream.

Crispy Tacos FAQs

How long can potato tacos be stored?

I store mine in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat in a skillet or toaster oven to get them crispy again before serving.

Do you need to fry Tacos de Papa?

It takes very little oil to ‘fry’ my potato tacos! No need to dunk them in an oil bath, just use a good skillet on medium-high heat with a high-heat oil like avocado. I use about a teaspoon of oil per taco.

How do you make street tacos?

I boil golden potatoes until fork tender, then peel and mash. I then warm corn tortillas in a skillet on medium-high heat and add the potato filling to each shell, fold over and cook until crispy on each side. To serve, I either fill them or just load the toppings right on top of each taco before digging in.

More Plant-Based Taco Recipes

If you’re trying to eat less meat and more plants then you’re in the right place! Here are a few more recipes to help you fall in love with plant-based eating, as well as get your loved ones on board too!

Don’t forget to leave a rating and review once you’ve tasted these incredible tacos. I can’t wait to hear how you topped yours.

5 Tacos de papa or crispy potato tacos on an oval, gray plate.
5 from 12 votes

Tacos de Papa (Crispy Potato Tacos)

Tacos de Papa is a Mexican street food classic that you’ll not want to miss making at home. What could be better than well-seasoned mashed potatoes folded into a corn tortilla and lightly fried until crispy?
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired, Plant-Based
Serves: 4 (3 tacos each)

Ingredients  

  • 4 quarts water with 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 golden potatoes whole and unpeeled
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp cumin ground
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper ground, to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil plus more if needed

Toppings

  • avocado crema
  • shredded lettuce
  • tomatoes diced
  • green onions
  • fresh cilantro

Instructions 

  • Fill a large pot with water and salt and add whole, unpeeled potatoes. Allow water to come to a rolling boil on high heat, then lower heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Remove potatoes from cooking water and allow to cool slightly. Peel the skins from the potato and discard (or leave peels on potatoes, if desired). 
  • Place cooked potatoes into a bowl and gently mash with a fork until almost smooth. Add minced garlic and cumin to mashed potatoes and stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • To assemble the tacos, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of oil to the pan and gently heat the tortillas on each side, one at a time, adding a little more oil as needed. Keep tortillas covered so they stay warm and pliable. 
  • Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture onto one half of each of the tortillas and fold over. (If desired, secure with a toothpick to prevent them from opening back up during cooking.)
  • Once all of the tacos have been filled, add a little more oil to the skillet with heat still at medium-high. Working in batches and adding a little more oil in between as needed, cook the tacos on each side until crisp and golden, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  • To serve, fill or top tacos with desired toppings. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Swap golden potatoes with sweet potatoes or the potatoes of your choice.
  • Feel free to add extra spices for a bigger kick! 
  • If avocados aren’t your thing then try dipping these in cashew cream.
  • Store leftover tacos in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 46mg, Potassium: 871mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 8IU, Vitamin C: 34mg, Calcium: 89mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These tacos were absolutely delicious! My whole family – including three kids – loved them. We had them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The potato mixture heats up well so it was easy to keep on hand as leftovers to have the next few days. Thanks for sharing! So happy I discovered this recipe as it is now a family favorite!
    I’ve loved many of the Simple Green meals … sweet potato nachos are also delicious and the avocado crema is scrumptious!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was great! The tips to get them crispy was a game changer, and it helped this dude (me) that’s trying to eat more plant-based not miss meat in my tacos 🙂

    1. Way to go dude (you)! So glad you’re rawkin more plants these days.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these for dinner last night and they were a huge hit! Next time I might try crisping the potatoes more. Topped with guac, cashew cream mixed with taco seasoning, and cheese for the toddler.

    1. Always cheese for the toddler! 🙂 Thanks for rawkin this recipe Erin!

  4. 5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE street tacos and am trying to figure out how I didn’t know there were potato versions!! Can’t wait to make these.

  5. 5 stars
    I’m plant-based, but don’t like mushrooms and that’s usually what you find for tacos. This is a game changer!!

  6. 5 stars
    We don’t do corn, but I can’t wait to try these with the almond flour tortillas we use! Sounds delicious!

    1. I know, right?! I had no idea potato tacos were a thing. Sign me up!

  7. I’ve never heard of this before but I love tacos. Excited to give it a shot! Do you think I could even used cauliflower potatoes in here if I wanted?

    1. Hey Sharon! Yes, I think cauliflower potatoes would work for sure. The taste might be a little different, but I think with all the spices you may barely notice.

  8. 5 stars
    Stop it. Tacos + potatoes… you’re just putting my favorites together! And it works too! So yummy.

  9. 5 stars
    These were BOMB! I have always loved tacos but had never heard of this kind before! They were soooo good- like comfort food (but a tad healthier).

    1. Yes, we love healthier comfort food here at SGS!!