When You Want CRUNCHY And SPICY Mashed Potatoes
Just kidding, I can’t imagine adding salsa to traditional mashed potatoes. It’s still the best way I can think of describing these taquitos de papa.
- 4 Potatoes
- Stack Of Tortillas
- Cream (optional)
- Queso Fresco (optional)
- 2 Tomatoes
- 3 Chiles De Arbol
Peel, Chop And Boil The Potatoes
You can always do the chopping and peeling after the potatoes are cooked but I find this way easier. Put them to boil while you work on the rest.
Different Salsas For Different Dishes
You can’t just put any kind of salsa on these tacos. It’s like pairing wine with food. Grab your tomatoes and chiles. Place them in a pot with water covering the tomatoes about halfway. While the potatoes and the salsa stuff is cooking, prep the cabagge.
Chop! Or Is It Slice?
I’ll admit I don’t really know the difference. Put the cabbage on a chopping board and start cutting away to make thin strands.
If your a fan of queso fresco like I am. Take a chunk of it and crumble to add to the tacos.
Mash Them Up
By this time the potatoes should be done. Drain them and begin to mash until they are completely smooth. Don’t leave any lumps. Add salt to taste.
Blend And Hold Your Breath
They make look tiny but don’t underestimate their power. Once the tomatoes and chiles are done its time to make awesome sauce!
Tip: Don’t inhale hot chile fumes.
This is where you add the Salt, Garlic, Cumin and Oregano. I grind my spices in a molcajete and then add to the blender.
Prep The Tortillas
Assuming you use store bought tortillas and they are cold coming out of your fridge, heat them up. I passed them quickly on the comal just enough to warm them up. Cold tortillas are brittle. You can always stick them in the microwave for a few seconds.
Press about a spoonful of the mashed potatoes into the tortillas with a little pressure. Almost like your icing a cake except your pressing down on it. Fold in half and set aside. Do this with a few of them and heat up a pan with oil.
Fry The Tacos
We have this really cool round disk thing with a space to fill with oil but you can use any frying pan. After the oil is hot enough place them in the oil and flip once you see the underside turning a caramel color.
Time To Decorate Your Tacos
I sorta burned a few of them…
It’s okay just means more crunch! Throw cabbage, some crema, salsa and sprinkle on the queso fresco.