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Tacos dorados de papa – crispy fried potato tacos! These tacos dorados are filled with creamy mashed potatoes and fried for an extra crunchy golden shell. They’re especially tasty topped with sour cream queso fresco dip!

Tacos dorados de papa (crispy fried potato tacos) with a tasty queso fresco sauce!

Tacos dorados recipe

Potatoes are my favorite food…Puerto Rican papas rellenas (beef stuffed mashed potato balls) are one of the absolute best potato dishes!

There are so many ways to enjoy papas, but one of my favorites are these tacos dorados de papa (crispy fried mashed potato tacos)!

Tacos dorados de papa - crispy mashed potato fried tacos!

Tacos dorados means “golden tacos” – a beautiful name for tacos fried until golden brown.

Tacos dorados can be filled with anything. Chicken, cheese, beans, you name it!

My grandmother was famous for her beef and potato filling for dorado tacos.

My grandfather-in-law stuffs his tacos with raw beef and then fries them.

Tacos dorados de papa (crispy fried potato tacos) with a tasty queso fresco sauce!

As a potato lover, I can’t get enough of the creamy mashed potato filling combined with the shatteringly crisp taco shell!

So good you don’t even need meat! Plus, they’re great to make for vegans or vegetarians.

After cooking you can open them up and fill them with your favorite taco toppings, or you can pile them all on top.

For me, I love these with just my homemade queso fresco dip and a few extra dashes of hot sauce.

It’s a cool and creamy sour cream dip with crumbled cheese, cilantro and other spices. Delicioso!

And if fried food is not your thing, try my abuela’s papas con huevos (potato and egg tacos).

Tacos dorados de papa (crispy mashed potato fried tacos) with a tasty queso fresco sauce!

How to make tacos dorados

For tacos dorados de papa, we start with the potatoes. Peel and cut into large, even chunks.

Bring to a boil in water that’s been salted with about 2 tablespoons of salt.

Don’t forget the salt! This is where most of the flavor gets added.

Boil until they can easily be pierced with a fork, then drain the water.

Tacos dorados de papa - crispy mashed potato fried tacos!

Put the potatoes back in the pan and return to the heat to “dry” them.

You want the excess water to evaporate or it will react with the oil when frying causing a mess.

Mash until smooth and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sometimes I like to add a few dashes of cumin and garlic powder as well.

Place a large spoonful of the mash (about 3-4 tablespoons) onto a tortilla and fold in half. You can also roll them up like taquitos.

How to make tacos dorados de papa - como hacer tacos dorados

To keep the filling from escaping, you may want to secure the edges with two toothpicks.

Fry these potato tacos in hot oil. It doesn’t need to be very deep – just enough to completely cover the bottom of the pan.

Since these are already fully cooked, simply fry until they are golden brown, then flip and fry the other side.

I enjoy these hot, cold or room temperature, but definitely with that queso fresco dip!


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Tacos dorados de papa (crispy fried potato tacos) with a tasty queso fresco sauce!

Tacos Dorados de Papa

Yield: 10 tacos
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Tacos dorados de papa - crispy fried potato tacos stuffed with mashed potatoes. Creamy, crunchy, delicioso!


  • 1 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil, for frying
  • Queso Fresco Dip (optional)
  • Cheese, lettuce, tomato, hot sauce or desired toppings


  1. In a large pot of salted water, add the potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until fork tender.
  2. Drain the water and return the potatoes to the pan over medium heat to evaporate any excess water. Remove from heat and mash until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide the mashed potatoes among the tortillas (3-4 tablespoons) and fold in half. Secure with a toothpicks, if desired. You may also roll them up like taquitos (secure with toothpick if needed).
  4. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Working in batches, fry tacos until golden and crispy, about 1-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Remove toothpicks from tacos and serve with queso fresco dip, or your favorite taco accompaniments such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, hot sauce, sour cream, etc. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 2 tacos
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314

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Sunday 6th of November 2022

In a pan.


Sunday 6th of November 2022

Can I fry this on a charcoal BBQ?


Monday 7th of November 2022

Yes I don't see why not. As long as the oil is getting to 350-375 degrees it's fine and the smoke will add extra flavor!


Sunday 10th of April 2022

I added some of the sour cream topping in with the patato and topped with the sour cream mixture lettuce and some salsa


Monday 6th of December 2021

Can we use instant mashed potatoes for a quick cheat way ?


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

I don't see why not! Just make sure they're not runny. They need to be thick to stay in the tortilla.


Tuesday 30th of November 2021

Do you think adding chicken to the potatoes will taste ok?


Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Yes, I think that would be delicious!

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