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Tacos de Papa (Potato Tacos)

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Tacos de Papa

Two thanksgiving meals, two batches of mashed potatoes, Tacos de papa.

Upon marrying me, mi carino has had to adapt many of his eating habits.  His childhood table was night and day compared to mine.  My mom moved here when she was 17 and carried with her into our home the same plates from her childhood. Mi carinos’s mom was born in Texas and they had adapted to Texas fare much more quickly than my mom.

Our first Thanksgiving was quite a shock to him. His mom serves stuffing from a box and her cranberry sauce was in the shape of a can. Not that there is anything wrong with the boxed stuffing( I happen to love it!) it’s just not what we serve, but lucky for me he loved everything we eagerly put on his plate. And year after year he has come to look forward to Thanksgiving, even asking my mom to make an extra batch of cranberry sauce that he can slather on turkey tostadas the following week.

But come June, like clockwork he will lovingly suggest that I throw in a box of stuffing when I head to the store or why not buy a can of cranberry for our dinner he will say.  Do you think they sell those rolls that my mom makes for Thanksgiving?  He missed his Thanksgiving and who was I to deny him that.  So for the last 8 years every June we have a mini Thanksgiving just for him, with all his favorite dishes.  Stove top stuffing, canned cranberry, green bean casserole, heat and serve rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy and a small turkey. My kids actually look forward to each year as they know it excites their dad and they enjoy his funny childhood  stories he shares as we eat.  Who knew a can of cranberry could make a man so happy?


The leftover mashed potatoes always make their way into tacos de papa.  My grandmother made them the following day after Thanksgiving, my mom made them and now I make them. Served with shredded cabbage and lime, doused in salsa leftover potatoes never tasted this great!  My kids love them and mi carnio happily stuffs cranberry into them.


Two Thanksgivings…. One big happy family and tacos de papa…



Tacos de Papa (Potato Tacos)


  • Mash potatoes
  • Corn tortillas
  • Oil for frying
  • Shredded Cabbage for garnish
  • Lime
  • Salsa


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Spread 1 heaping spoonful of mashed potatoes over half of each tortilla, and fold over to form a taco.
  3. Add tacos to oil in batches and fry, turning once, until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes.
  4. Shred cabbage and add lime juice and salt to taste.
  5. Stuff with cabbage and drizzle with salsa before serving.

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24 Responses to Tacos de Papa (Potato Tacos)

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  3. I love tacos de papa!!! Hubby introduced me to them after our first Thanksgiving as man and wife. Hubby asked me to make extra mashed potatoes, because he was craving the tacos dorados he grew up eating. I fell in love after first bite.

    I think it’s awesome that you celebrate two Thanksgivings! What a wonderful way to embrace both families traditions. :)
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  4. Thanks for sharing your love of potato tacos…I love them and so do my kids. Every year after Thanksgiving, when we have wayyyy too many mashed potatoes left this is exactly what I like to make. I love your idea of adding cabbage and lime and perhaps some cranberry sauce.
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  5. Oh yum! What an easy and delicious recipe. Never thought of using potatoes in tacos, ever!
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  6. What a great post. I have to admit, that stuffing from a box isn’t half bad. :) Love these mashed potato tacos.
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  7. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but it looks heavenly!
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  8. this is one of the best ideas for leftover mashed potatoes that i’ve ever seen!
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  9. One of my favorite tacos is the potato ones, we don’t usually used mashed potatoes though. They are really soft and seasoned, like your idea here though. Load on the chile please!
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  10. Adorable post! And what a yummy way to use up leftvers.

  11. I ordered tacos con papa on a trip once, and fell in love with them. I tried to replicate the recipe, but it wasn’t the same. I am going to try this recipe, I am sure they will be much tastier than mine. I love finding recipes I don’t know I am looking for. Thank you.

  12. A totally fulfilling and satisfying meal!! More potatoes the better!

  13. This is such a great way to use left-over mashed potatoes! Love the cabbage garnish!
    Susan recently posted..Torta Caprese with Lemon MascarponeMy Profile

  14. I love this idea and I know my family would want potato tacos with all the trimmings;-)
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  15. Fantastic idea and they look so yummy!
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  16. Potato tacos…I have never thought of using mashed potatoes in taco. These look so good with simple ingredients.
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  19. I haven’t taste these, but It looks delicious Vianney. I am sure my daughter and I will love it! I would put extra cabbage on mine :)
    Mari recently posted..Omelet Wraps for BrunchMy Profile

  20. holy yum! these look terrific! what a lovely idea!
    baker street recently posted..Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread w/ Almond Streusel #twelveloavesMy Profile

  21. That is a terrific idea! Those tacos must taste really good.



  22. I love this series! I am learning SO SO much. Lime would just bring this to a completely different level. Thank you for your guidance with the recipe I just made of yours – I am starting to “get it” just after these two enchilada recipes. I am going to continue to copy you for a while more! :) V
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  23. I’ve never heard of these. They look delicious.
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