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Tacos dorados de papa

Crispy fried potato tacos filled with creamy mashed potatoes and fried for an extra crunchy golden shell. 



  • 3 medium baking potatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup (187 ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) crumbled cotija or feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • Black pepper, to season
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo, optional
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) crumbled cotija or feta cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled red onion, optional


  1. Peel the potatoes, cut them into large chunks, and add them into a medium saucepan along with the garlic. Cover with about one inch of cold tap water, season well with salt, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 15 minutes, then strain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Lightly mash the potatoes and garlic together. Switch to a hand mixer and add the sour cream, crumbled cheese, oregano, cumin, and coriander, and season well with salt and pepper. Beat to combine.
  3. Set out the corn tortillas and, if slightly stiff, wrap them in a damp kitchen towel and warm them in a low oven or the microwave until pliable. Divide the potato mixture down the center of each tortilla, roll them up, and set aside seam side down. If you’re having trouble keeping them together, secure the seam with a toothpick leaving it in while frying, making sure to remove it before serving.
  4. Add about half an inch of oil to a large cast-iron skillet or a heavy-bottomed sauté pan and heat over medium-high heat until the oil surface shimmers and bubbles form around a wooden spoon when gently dipped in. Line a sheet pan with a paper towel, fit it with a cooling rack, and set it aside. Fry the tacos starting seam side down in batches until golden and crisp, about two minutes per side, then transfer to the prepared sheet pan to drain and cool slightly, and season with salt. If needed, keep the tacos warm in a 200º F oven for up to 30 minutes.
  5. For serving, stir together the sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, and chipotle in adobo, if using. Drizzle the cream over the tacos or serve in a dish for dipping. Scatter the tacos with the cheese and garnish with cilantro and pickled onions. Enjoy! 

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