Beef and Potato Tacos


Growing up, potato and ground beef tacos were a favorite among my siblings. To mix things up, I make different salsas each time. Today I made a flavorful avocado and jalapeno salsa that tasted amazing with the homemade taco shells. The idea of mixing potato and beef is to keep the meat from escaping the taco but it also adds phenomenal flavor. So grab the Coronas, invite some friends, and make these today!


1 lb. ground beef

12 corn tortillas

1 large potato

1 tbsp. ground cumin

1/2 tbsp. onion powder

1/2 tbsp. garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

vegetable oil for frying


2 avocados

1 1/4 cup water

3 tbsp. fresh, chopped cilantro

1 tbsp. chopped chives

1 large garlic clove

salt to taste

Taco toppings:                                 


Sliced tomatoes

Sliced onions

Shredded Queso Chihuahua of Muenster cheese

1.) Rinse, peel and chop potato into small cubes. In a large frying pan, add about 3 tbsp.

of vegetable oil and cook potatoes, covered, until soft. (Use low to medium heat to

keep the potatoes from browning.

2.) Once potatoes are soft, add ground beef. Add seasonings and cook until beef browns.

mash the beef and potatoes until both are well incorporated.

3.) In a separate pan, add about one cup of vegetable oil and heat. Once the oil is hot, place

corn tortillas in oil and fry each side for 20 seconds. Then, with the help of tongs, fold

tortilla in half and fry each side for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. (While frying each

side, use the tongs to hold open the tortilla, about 1  inch.)

4.) Place taco shells on paper towel to drain excess oil.

For salsa:

Mix all ingredients in blender of food processor and serve immediately.


19 Comments on “Beef and Potato Tacos

  1. Pingback: 23 Delicious Mexican Ground Beef Recipes to Satisfy Your Carvings

  2. My tia lupe used to make us these exact tacos when i was a little girl and would go to her house. Reading this recipe reminds me of her. Hoy los viy hacer para mi familia . Gracias por compartir esta receta .😊

  3. Been making these for years, I use a sweet onion sea salt blend and a garlic sea salt blend for the spices, cracked pepper always a big hit, no rice pure taco.

  4. About how long would this recipe take to make do you think?

  5. I just tried this recipe tonight, I liked it very much! I used about half potatoes and half ground turkey. With the garlic & onion powders, cumin and some s&p, I couldn’t tell it was turkey instead of beef. I took the tortillas and dropped them in about 2 tbsp oil, fried one side about 15seconds, flipped and added the meat mixture in the middle and folded. Continued cooking each side of the now-taco until golden, set on paper towels to drain, and served with sour cream, guac, lettuce, onion and queso fresco. I thought they were yummy and my bf who is Mexican, and ate tacos with potatoes growing, up even liked this version. I will be making these again! I plan on adding some tapatio to the meat/potato mixture next time. Thank you! 😊

    • I’m excited to hear you liked my recipe. You know, I never thought about trying this recipe with ground turkey but I will definitely give it a try soon!

  6. I ate in a traditional Mexican restaurant last week. For the first time ever, I had tacos that had potoatoes in the ground beef mixture. It was so good that it prompted me to look for a recipe like this. Also, the rice contained peas which I also liked. Just thought I would share with you.

    • Carol, thanks for stopping by. I hope you get to try this recipe. I add peas to Mexican rice when I make it for myself (my husband hates peas) and I love the flavor they add! When we make white rice, I add corn and a tiny bit of butter. So good! I don’t know if that’s common in American cuisine…

  7. Growing up, my mom shredded a potato to stretch a pound of ground beef to feed our family the tacos we loved. I still do this because they taste so good.

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Cindy! By the way, I never thought about shredding the potato! That’s a brilliant idea! I think I’ll start doing that instead of trying the cut the potato into the smallest pieces possible.

  8. This is exactly what I was looking for today! We are in need of grocery shopping and are down to just a few items that are decent enough for dinner. Wanting something delicious, creative and easy without having to go the store, this came up on my google search and BOOM SHAKA LAKA!! Thank you!!

  9. Not bad at all. Similar to beef and potato burritos. A few thoghts though. A little brown sugar and Tapatio sauce could be added to the beef and potato mixture. Also, too much cheese. A better idea might be olives, green onions, or avacado sliced thinly. The green or red leaf lettuce is a real winner!

    • Thanks Gary! It would be interesting to add brown sugar – I’ve never thought about it. Thanks for commenting

  10. great recipe very authenic being Mexican-American this reminds me of my moms cooking.

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