Thursday, January 17, 2013

Potato Tacos - my pick

 Tacos, yes, I do love tacos!!  

We all love Mexican, but I think I would have to say Andy is the biggest fan.  Any time we are going out to eat, Mexican is his first choice.  Occasionally we can sneak over to get a little sushi, which we all love also, but usually it's Mexican.  I'm not objecting over here.

My go to item has always been the burrito.  I don't know, something about all of the different flavors wrapped up and melted together in a warm soft tortilla just does it for me...but lately things are shifting a little.  
Tacos.  That hard crunchy shell. YUM!! 
 Don't get me wrong, I still love my burritos, but the taco is it right now. 
 I grew up with my mom, grandmas and all of my aunts making tacos with the fried corn tortilla shell that is all crispy and crunchy.  A little greasy, but oh so good!  Those were some good tacos.  

Well, I have never made a taco shell before in my life.  There I said it.  I buy TJ's taco shells.  I don't know why.  I think part of it was because of the mess and they certainly aren't healthy, but I think mainly because burritos are just way easier.  I think I also forgot just how yummy they are. 
  These fish tacos left me craving tacos, so I decided I have lived long enough without making my own taco shells.  The kids were game and wanted to help so we made potato tacos.
This is how we made them.
 Throw diced potatoes and onions into warmed olive oil.
 Season with salt, chili powder, cumin and pepper.
(And if you accidentally add a couple of dashes of ginger because you thought it was cumin, because you were a little distracted with a question about would I want a white cat that is fluffy or a black cat that wasn't fluffy or something to that affect, don't worry, it still turns out great.)
 Get your assembly line ready.  Ella was on the cheese.
 Julian was on the tomatoes and avocado.  No not on his own.  I helped him.
 Remove potatoes when they are done and wipe out any bits because you don't want them to burn.  If you are lazy like myself and want one less dish to wash, use the potato pan to make the taco shells.
Heat some more olive oil and when it's hot start making your tacos.  I was a little skimpy on the oil only because I don't really fry things and I didn't realize just how much you need.  It made way less of a mess then I expected.  I had the kids about 15 ft away because I thought it was going to be popping all over the place.  Not so much.  OK, so this is important, make sure they get nice and crunchy.  I had to test one to make sure I had the right crunch.
Let them sit on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess grease then stuff them with all of your toppings.  I just happened to have some of the our favorite salsa on hand.  My brother and sister-in-law gave me the recipe to a tomatillo and arbol chile recipe and it is the best.  I always make a ton when I make it because I know it won't ever go bad in our house.  I thought I had posted a recipe at some point, but I guess I haven't.  Some day.  


  1. Those look delicious! I haven't had a really good hard shell taco since Don Carlos on Euclid closed. I'm going to have to try your recipe!

  2. Tacos have been my latest major craving lately - especially fish tacos although I'm actually a vegetarian. :) These look so good!



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