An easy recipe for Mexican Fried Potato Tacos (also known as Tacos de Papa) -- crispy on the outside, and light, fluffy mashed potato heaven on the inside!
Peel the potatoes, halve them lengthwise, and cut them into 1" slices. Add them to a pot and cover with water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for about 10-15 minutes, until fork-tender, reducing heat as necessary to prevent boiling over. Drain well and transfer to a mixing bowl.
Add all of the spices and mash the potatoes. Gently mix in the cheese and cilantro if using. Set aside.
Wrap a stack of 5 tortillas in damp paper towels and microwave for about 30-45 seconds, just until they are soft and pliable.
Add about 2 tablespoons of filling to half of each tortilla and spread to the edges. Fold the tortilla over and continue assembling until all tortillas are filled.
Add the oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is ready (between 350-360°F), add the prepared tacos to the skillet, three to four at a time, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for 1 1/2 minute on each side, using a pair of tongs to turn them. Allow to cool slightly, serve, and enjoy!
The Anthony Kitchen