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Vegan Potato Tacos (Tacos de Papa) -

Vegan Potato Tacos (Tacos de Papa)

  • Author: Brittany Mueller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 tacos 1x
  • Category: Side, Lunch and Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan


Crispy fried tacos filled with smoky cumin-spiced potatoes, pico de gallo, avocado, tomato, and cilantro. Super easy and insanely delicious!


  • 1.5 lbs (1/2 bag) of The Little Potato Company’s Little Charmers (Creamer potatoes), halved
  • Salted water, for boiling potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers)
  • 8-12 corn tortillas
  • Canola or sunflower oil, for frying tortillas
  • To serve: pico de gallo (salsa fresca), sliced avocado, chopped tomato, cilantro, and lime wedges


  1. Add halved potatoes to a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain.
  2. Heat vegan butter or olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add drained potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  3. Add cumin, salt, black pepper, and adobo sauce. Stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Mash 1/3-1/2 of the potatoes and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.
  5. Prep your desired toppings before frying corn tortillas.
  6. In a large frying pan, heat a generous amount of oil over medium-high heat (¼” deep.) Allow plenty of time for the oil to get up to temperature (if the oil isn’t hot enough your tacos will be greasy.) Add 1-2 corn tortillas (don’t crowd the pan) and fry for 20-30 seconds. Flip tortillas and fold them roughly in half, fry for 15-20 seconds, flip and fry the other side for 15-20 seconds (until both sides are golden brown.) Drain on a cooling rack with an absorbent kitchen towel (or paper towel) underneath to absorb excess oil.
  7. While tacos are still hot, gently spread them open, add ¼-1/3 cup potato filling. Top with pico de gallo, fresh avocado, chopped tomato, and cilantro. Serve with a wedge of lime.


Crispy tortilla frying tips:

Adjust the heat as needed. If the oil isn’t hot enough the tacos shells will cook too slowly and absorb excess oil. If the oil is too hot, the tortillas will get crisp too quickly and you’ll struggle to fold them over to make the classic crispy taco shell shape.

You don’t need much oil, about ¼ inch in the pan will do. Add more as needed. To save on oil, use a smaller pan for frying.

Use tongs to flip and fold tortillas while frying.