Summer Fest: Potato Taquitos

Taquitos Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes

When I realized that we are celebrating potatoes this week for Summer Fest, I wasn’t sure where to even begin.  Potatoes are so versatile that when I was trying to think of a recipe to write about, I just couldn’t narrow it down.  So when my good friend Ruby mentioned on Facebook that she was planning on frying up some Taquitos de Papa for dinner yesterday, I though it perfectly natural to invite myself over for dinner in honor of Summer Fest Potato Week.

For many people, potatoes mean comfort food.  For me, it’s my mom’s Potato Leek Soup and my grandmother’s Mashed Potato Casserole with cream cheese and sour cream. And these taquitos stuffed with leftover mashed potatoes and cheese are comfort food for Ruby because her grandmother used to make them for her when she was young.  They were absolutely delicious – crisp on the outside, soft and creamy inside.  I’m glad I invited myself over for dinner because now I can add Taquitos de Papa to my list of comfort foods as well.

So tell me, do any of your favorite comfort foods involve potatoes?  What are they?  Do you have a favorite way to use up leftover mashed potatoes?  In Italy, we ate tons of crocchette di patate, or potato croquettes – basically just mashed potatoes seasoned with salt and a touch of nutmeg that were formed into little balls or logs, rolled in breadcrumbs, and deep fried.  So delicious!  I keep meaning to try making them at home, but I never seem to have any leftover mashed potatoes.

Here’s another way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

Taquitos de Papa

leftover mashed potatoes – whatever amount you have
corn tortillas
shredded cheese (optional)*
vegetable oil for frying

Warm the potatoes and tortillas before starting – this will make the ingredients easier to work with.  Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of mashed potatoes in the middle of a tortilla. Add a bit of shredded cheese if you are using it then roll it up into a cylinder.  Secure with toothpick if it doesn’t want to stay rolled.  Heat enough vegetable oil in a skillet to come halfway up the sides of the taquitos.  You’ll want an oil temperature suitable for deep-frying – 350 to 375 degrees F.  Fry taquitos in batches until lightly browned and crisp, rolling them over halfway through cooking time to brown both sides.  Drain on paper towels.  Serve warm with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

*Ruby’s grandmother used to put shredded cheese in them for her, so Ruby made them that way for her girls.

More Potato Recipes:

Other Summer Fest Attendees Celebrating Potatoes:

How You Can Join in Summer/Fall Fest 2010

Summer Fest 2010 Have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes? You can contribute to our online recipe swap in various ways, big or small.

Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish. It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid. No pressure, just delicious. Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Summer/Fall Fest post on my blog, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.

The cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. Yes, copy and paste them everywhere! That way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. Everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.

Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt of Matt Bites), or the new pumpkin version he just did if it’s for September 22 onward.

Summer/Fall Fest 2010 Posting Schedule

7/28: Cukes and Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens, and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit – I missed this one!
8/25: Tomatoes

9/1: Sweet and Spicy Peppers
9/8: Garlic
9/15: White (or colorful “white”…but not sweet) Potatoes
9/22: Spinach
9/29: Apples

10/6: Fall Salads
10/13: Pumpkin + Winter Squash
10/20: Pears
10/27: “Mad Stash” (as in what you’re shoving in freezer/jars/dehydrator, etc.)

11/3: Root veggies
11/10: Brassicas: incl. Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage or other
11/17: Sweet Potatoes
11/24: Bounty to Be Grateful For

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33 Comments
  1. We like spuds | UK Food Network Blog – Locally Sourced

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    3:07 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  2. Purple Cook

    For Fall Fest:
    Curried Potatoes with Tomatoes and Peas
    http://purplecook.blogspot.com/2010/08/curried-potatoes-with-tomatoes-and-peas.html

    The verdict on this dish at our house was, KEEPER!

    3:38 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  3. sandhya/vegetarianirvana

    As a vegetarian, I’ve never had a taquito before because they were always meat filled, so I had given up even going near those taquito party platters. Now I will make the at home and serve them at my parties! My ‘SummerFest Chaat’ a play on all the Summer fest ingredients at
    http://vegetarianirvana.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/fest-chaat/

    4:24 am  Sep 15th, 2010
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  6. Amber

    Mashed potatoes with homemade gravy are my ultimate comfort food, with tater tots being a close second. Give me a choice between fries and tater tots, and I’ll choose the tater tots every time. I love a good taquito. These are on my ‘gotta make!’ list.

    7:48 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  7. Prerna@IndianSimmer

    OMG NIcole! Just saw a link for aloo paratha here. I’m SO in love with you right now…hahaha
    Here’s what I did with the theme ingredient a while back http://www.indiansimmer.com/2010/04/dum-aloo.html

    9:03 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  8. One Hungry Mama

    These look so good! And I’m feeling Mexican food these days. In fact, my recipe this week is for Potato and Chorizo Tacos.

    In learning more about potatoes, I also discovered that they are quite nutritious! My Summer Fest post goes over the nutritional benefits–for us and the kids–and how we can get the most out of potatoes’ nutrients. Even more reason to love them!

    Thanks for another great week. Can’t wait to read what everyone else has been making with potatoes!

    9:08 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  9. Melinda

    Far too many of my favorite comfort foods involve potatoes! Lots of Indian dishes (my husband is obsessed with aloo gobi), french fries/home fries (best with smoked paprika and fresh cilantro), and I’ve been working on a vegetarian shepherd’s pie that pretty much rocks.

    As for leftovers, as a kid, my mom used to slice hot dogs in half (haha I know, not even haute cuisine), pile on some mashed potatoes and a slice of cheddar cheese and then bake in the oven until everything was hot and melty and delicious. I’m now a vegetarian, but have been known to do the same thing with sliced squash or tomatoes – really, mashed potatoes and cheese goes pretty well with just about anything.

    9:26 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  10. Melinda

    *not exactly haute cuisine

    9:26 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  11. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen

    Potatoes. Ah potatoes. Can you ever get enough of them? I’m notoriously known for eating boiled potatoes with sprinkling of just sea salt. But in sane mind I love this potato recipe for snack(or lunch/dinner) ever since I was well 10. Or younger I can’t be sure.

    http://journeykitchen.blogspot.com/2010/06/teekha-aloo-hot-potatoes.html

    10:54 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  12. Jodi

    These look heavenly!

    11:15 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  13. Deborah

    I am pregnant and have been craving potatoes like crazy. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get these out of my mind until I try them!

    11:43 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  14. Ranjani

    I also had some trouble coming up with a recipe for this week. I guess I don’t get creative with potatoes too often. I ended up make a gratin:
    http://4seasonsoffood.blogspot.com/2010/09/potato-and-parmesan-gratin.html

    I think my favorite potato dishes have to be the Indian ones that my mom used to make at least every week when I was growing up

    12:49 pm  Sep 15th, 2010
  15. Dea-chan

    I have a recipe book that is JUST potatoes, and I think the most intriguing recipes in there are the cookies and cakes. I’d’ve probably done something like that, just to scare people. :-P

    1:07 pm  Sep 15th, 2010
  16. Dea-chan

    Oh, and seeing Deborah’s comment about craving potatoes reminds me of a fun anecdote — every time I get to craving potatoes (which is often), I lament about the Ukrainian in me coming through!

    1:08 pm  Sep 15th, 2010
  17. Kathleen

    Love having leftover mashed potatoes, does not happen that often though. Will be trying this soon. Here’s a couple recipes for potato Summer Fest.
    http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/herb-roasted-fingerling-potatoes/
    http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/green-onion-stuffed-potatoes/

    3:05 pm  Sep 15th, 2010
  18. Cate O'Malley

    Ok, since I have leftover potatoes from MY Summerfest contribution, you know I am totally making these tomorrow night!

    6:18 pm  Sep 15th, 2010
  19. chef renee

    i have a 13 year old vegetarian foster son. i can’t wait to try these, something we will all enjoy!

    10:33 pm  Sep 15th, 2010
  20. smita

    What a lovely space u have … loved goin thru the great recipes here … the kettle popcorn is jus so wonderful !!!!

    - Smita
    littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
    (fun ideas to feed picky eaters)

    5:01 am  Sep 16th, 2010
  21. HPD

    Potatoes + tortillas makes me think of the opening scene of Big Night. But that’sa two starches! She’s a criminal! But they just go so well together. I dare anyone to have a Pete’s Kitchen breakfast burrito and not walk away convinced that potatoes and tortillas (corn or flour) weren’t made for each other.

    5:21 am  Sep 16th, 2010
  22. Emily

    What a great idea! We were too lazy to get a recipe up in time for Summer/Fall Fest’s potato week, but I do have some potatoes begging to be dug up from our garden, and corn tortillas from a bbq left over in our fridge, so this is very tempting! Mmmm :)

    1:26 pm  Sep 16th, 2010
  23. Katie@Cozydelicious

    What an awesome way to use up leftover potatoes. Yum! These look fantastic. Leftover mashed potatoes always seem to go to waste in our house, so this is perfect.

    6:27 pm  Sep 16th, 2010
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  25. ~Chef Louise

    My mom always put potatoes in our tacos, now I do it too.. Something about warm soft potato mixed in with the spicy beef… good stuff
    I did simple classic comfort food 101- MASHED
    http://2besatisfied.blogspot.com/2010/09/summer-fest-lemon-thyme-mashed-potatoes.html

    ~Chef Louise

    9:32 pm  Sep 17th, 2010
  26. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    Anything with potatoes is a comfort food. :) I like to make mashed potato cakes with my leftover mashed potatoes, and potato soup with my leftover baked potatoes. These taquitos look so good- they could easily become one of my favorite comfort foods.

    9:38 pm  Sep 17th, 2010
  27. Peggy

    This sounds great! Definitely a unique way of using leftover mashed potatoes! I’ve always been a fan of the classic shepherd’s pie, myself!

    4:41 am  Sep 18th, 2010
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  31. Heathercicle

    I love this new recipe idea. I live in New Mexico and am *required* to master as much New/Mexican foods as possible (for my lovely spouse who is native New Mexican). That being said, maybe I can impress him with these new, delicious looking taquitos!

    Secondly, I am NOT in love with all the new advertisements and survey pop-ups I am getting on your blog. This sincerely makes me sad. I have been coming to your site since 2008 (though I don’t always find commenting necessary) and intend to continue enjoying your recipes. I understand why people put ads but I just don’t think I like the blog as much anymore, because of them.

    I don’t mean to offend anyone; I’m just leaving a comment.

    7:52 pm  Sep 24th, 2010
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  33. Fructe uscate

    Delicious!

    4:43 am  Feb 18th, 2014
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