June 22, 2010

What's Cookin': Potato Tacos

Ok, before you go anywhere: Just hang with me! I know this sounds weird, but trust me. Think crispy fish or chicken taco, only with potatoes.

This turned out so surprisingly well that I WISH I had come up with this. But I didn't. I got it out of a book from the library that I can't really remember the name of now. It was something along the lines of "Everything Meals on a Budget". I saw it and was so intrigued that I had to copy it down to try it. And here it is, in my own variation of it (because I can't leave well enough alone...).

Potato Tacos - makes enough for about 10 tacos
About 8 small potatoes (or 3-4 large ones) - cut into bite size pieces
2 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried minced onion (or one small fresh one, chopped - I was out)
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine potatoes, oil and seasonings in a large baking dish. Roast potatoes for 30 minutes. Flip over (as best you can) and roast another 15-20 minutes until browned and crispy*. Serve with taco fixings of your choice.

Now, here is how we fixed ours that I think really made them awesome. Mexican rice on a corn tortilla, a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, a scoop of potatoes and then a big dollop of a sour cream dip I made using a Chili & Lime rub my mom got us at Williams- Sonoma. That dip is amazing. It's incredible. It made those tacos taste so good. (I didn't try them without the dip, but I bet they would still be pretty good. Just not AS good.)

I don't know how to make the rub mix ( yet, I haven't even tried). But I know there is chili powder, cilantro, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, sugar, and lime juice powder. So, with a little testing you could add all that (using real juice, instead of powder) and make something similar. Or just top it off with plain sour cream, or salsa, or whatever. The original recipe called for a reduction of one can evaporated milk and one small can of diced chilies and tossing that with the cooked potatoes. I didn't have those, but if anyone tries it let me know!

These tacos were delicious and my favorite part was how CHEAP they were. I can get a 10 pound bag of potatoes for $1.89 and I used just a fraction for this meal. With ground beef usually being around $3.00/lb and boneless/skinless chicken being around $2.00/lb, this is an awesome,tasty and very filling alternative.

Ben Rating: 3.

*Basically, you're making greasy potatoes.


NetRaptor said...

Ben's rating was only 3?? That looks awesome! The trickiest thing would be making the sauce.

Farm Girl said...

Yum!! I think it sounds wonderful and I know how much the kids love those potato bowls from taco bell, you could just do that with them and forget the tortilla.
See you later.

Meg said...

Yes, it was only a 3 because he really is a meat man. :) He did think they were very tasty though, and when asked if I could make them again he nodded and ate more.

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