Potato and Chorizo Tacos

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I’ll admit that the first time I heard of a potato taco, I wasn’t impressed. It sounded like a dense, heavy, carb-fest. Then at the Foodbuzz festival last November I had the opportunity to try a potato and chorizo taco from tacolicious. My mind was changed – they were one of the highlights of the street food fare and I’ve been anxious to try them again ever since. When I saw that my local grocery store started selling their own house-made tortillas, I knew that the time had come to try making these at home.

For something that’s whipped easily up in 15 minutes, these are phenomenal. The potatoes are mild and really let the flavor of the chorizo shine through – you don’t really taste “potato” at all. What I really love about these though are all of the contrasting textures – soft potato, chewy chorizo, and creamy avocado. There’s not really much more to say about them than that – they’re very simple with bright flavors and a fresh feel. I don’t know what more you can ask for in a quick meal.

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As I mentioned before I used fresh tortillas on these, and I think they made a huge difference in the overall weight of the dish. Despite being corn, they were extremely thin and delicate (close to something like a flour wrap. They were really, really, really good. As in, I want to learn how to make my own tortillas and i don’t really want to go back to eating packages ones ever again. So if you have the option, I highly recommend using fresh corn tortillas. I’m sure packaged ones would be good too, but the final dish may feel heavier. Also, the filling is great on it’s own too. We ran out of tortillas before we finished the filling, and I was just as happy eating leftover filling with the salsas and avocado sans tortilla the next day.

For the salsa, you’ll want to use something like what you would find at a taco bar – not a tomato based salsa that you would eat with chips. I really like Goya Salsa Taqueria – it’s a thin sauce made from tomatillos and chili peppers. It’s pretty spicy, so use it sparingly!

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Potato and Chorizo Tacos
  • 2 ounces dried chorizo, diced
  • 2 red potatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • salsa/ hot sauce (such as Goya Salsa Taqueria)
  • corn tortillas

Set a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 2-3 minutes until it is slightly browned and crispy on the outside. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the potatoes and jalapeno to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes or until the edges get crispy. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until all of the liquid has evaporated and the potatoes are fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Stir in the chorizo and cook to heat through (about a minute or 2).

Meanwhile, add the onion to your food process and pulse 5-6 times until finely chopped. Add the cilantro and pulse a few more times to combine.

Serve with tortillas. Top with the onion-cilanto mixture, salsa/hot sauce, and avocado.

Serves 4.
Approx. 180 calories, 12.4 grams fat, 4 grams fiber, 5.8 grams protein (not including tortillas)

Comments

  1. these look great – one of my favorite combos along with potato/egg and chorizo/egg – plus house made fresh tortillas – wow sounds like taco heaven.

  2. These really look delicious. They have the added advantage of being easy to do. I like this recipe a lot.

  3. This is the first I’ve heard of a potato taco. Interesting. Definitely have to give this one a shot.

  4. Thanks! This was exactly the kind of recipe I needed for tonight! Looking forward to making it =)

  5. Sounds so good! I bet you could easily make in the morning or night before and then add to the tortillas when you get home for lunch… sounds yum!!!!!

  6. Looks delicious! I have never had potatoes in tacos, but these look fantastic! I will have to give it a try. :)

  7. OK, I have chorizo and potatoes and I am going to have to try this–it looks wonderful!

  8. Lauren, these look wonderful and JUST like the ones at Foodbuzz festival! Am Springing this!

  9. Mmmm tacos. These look delicious!

  10. They look excellent! I can see how this combo work after eating taco and potato soup.

  11. looks good though oh and the chicken looks amazing your blog always makes me hungry!!

  12. I love the combination of potatoes, chorizo, and avocados in these delicious tacos! I will be making them for my daughter who recently discovered that she loves chorizo!

  13. These sound very tasty, and you know I love chorizo. I too have decided to make my own tortillas. Off to buy a press this afternoon. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. These look really good and fresh. The only thing I’d add would be cheese.

  15. Um..yum! Help me though…I’m pretty much an avocado virgin..what would be the best way to figure out if I like them or not??
    however, I’m all over the chorizo and the potato! :)

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