Crispy Tacos de Papa with Roasted Poblanos

Crunchy tacos are stuffed with creamy, cumin-scented potatoes and fiery impart of cooked poblanos in this addictively toothsome containerful. Traditionally vegetarian and gluten-free, these solid tacos are built to delight everyone.


  • 5 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2″ cubes
  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1-1/2 c sour cream, plus more for serving
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 48 corn tortillas
  • oil for frying
  • salsa verde, for serving
  • cilantro, optional


  1. Prepare the Filling
  2. Place poblano peppers on the top rack of the oven and broil on high, turning periodically, until skin is charred, about 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam. When cool enough to handle, remove seeds and peels. Chop coarsely and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add potatoes. Return to a simmer and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Drain cooked potatoes and return them to the pot over low heat. Add butter and milk. Using a potato masher or wooden spoon, mash until fairly smooth. Stir in chopped roasted poblano, sour cream, shredded cheese, salt, cumin, and pepper.
  5. Filling can be made up to two days in advance.
  6. Assemble and Fry
  7. Heat 2-3 inches of oil over medium high heat in a dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pot.
  8. Spread 3-4 tbs of potato filling into the center of each tortilla and fold in half. Fry in small batches, turning once, until each taco is golden, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.
  9. Serve tacos with sour cream and salsa verde. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.