Potato and Turkey Tacos

Have you ever cooked something ordinary (a regular dish, an easy recipe, a family classic or comfort food) just to find out an explosion of flavors when you eat it? This happened to me over the weekend when I made a pretty ordinary dish for dinner after a long day of cleaning and running errands. I wanted something simple because it was late, we were hungry and a couple of movies were waiting for us to be watched.

In Mexico tacos de chorizo con papas (potato and chorizo tacos) are a kind of comfort food, more of a snack than a dinner, and you can find them in almost every corner. I have to improvise because I forgot to get chorizo (what kind of a Mexican cook am I?) so I used ground turkey. But ground turkey is plain and boring so I decided to spice it up a little bit. I don’t know if it was the mixture of all the spices, the guacamole or the fact that I hadn’t eaten them in years but these tacos were an explosion of flavor (or at least that’s what I thought) I didn’t take pictures of the process because I wasn’t even planning on bloggin about this dish. I never thought I was going to end up with such delicious comfort food.

Potato and Turkey Tacos
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 10-12
•This dish is usually made with chorizo. If using chorizo you don’t need to add any spices.
  • •1 lb ground turkey
  • •½ tsp cumin
  • •½ tsp ground paprika
  • •½ tsp oregano
  • •½ tsp salt
  • •½ tsp ground black pepper
  • •½ tsp chili powder
  • •½ tsp crushed red peppers
  • •2 TSP vegetable oil
  • •1 onion, sliced
  • •2 large potatoes, diced
  • •10 small corn tortillas (I used flour tortillas)
  • **For the Guacamole:
  • •1 avocado
  • •¼ onion
  • •1 TSP chopped cilantro
  • •juice of 1 small lime
  • •1 small jalapeno pepper, veined and seeded
  • •1 cup canned tomatoes
  1. In a medium skillet fry ground turkey with all the spices until it starts turning brown
  2. In a large skillet sauté sliced onion and add potatoes when onion is translucent.
  3. Add turkey to the potatoes and cover. Cook until potatoes are tender. Adjust seasoning, if needed.
  4. In the meantime using a food processor, mix the rest of the ingredients, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and tomatoes. That’s all you need to make delicious guacamole.
  5. Warm up tortillas. The best way to warm up tortillas is on a comal or on a heavy skillet. Warming tortillas in the microwave will make them mushy.
  6. Serve hot with guacamole and enjoy.


Like I mentioned before, it is a really easy and not out of the ordinary dish, but the spices and the guacamole made it really tasty or maybe I am just homesick and tasted delicious just to me, but maybe you will also enjoyed it as much as I did.

Buen provecho!

Update 03-04-08: 2008 has been declared the International Year of the Potato (IYP) by United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of the potatoe. Sia over at Passionate about Life ‘n Spice is hosting a food event called Ode to Potato as part of this important movement. Timing could not have been better for this post so I am participating in the event with this recipe that has drawn so many positive comments. Don’t forget to visit Sia’s blog and participate in the event.


  • I have started taking pics of meals like these. Not ones I plan to blog about in detail, but just good simple food that so natural to make.

  • He, he, I love it when these things happen!!!! It makes you feel soooooo good!
    We don’t have this tradition here, but I can buy tacos in the supermarket and try your filling 😀

  • I love these – I make them with egg and potatoes instead of the chorizo, although I’ve made them both ways. Yum! And your recipe looks wonderful. And I had one of those experiences with a chili I made last week. It’s great when that happens.

  • I’m glad you reviewed this recipe. Looks really good.

  • How’s the Ohio weather? Did you get hit with the ice and snow? Hopefully that’s the last of it.

    I know what you mean about how a simple, ordinary dish can surprise you with it’s flavor. Although I don’t find this ordinary at all. It sounds so good!

    I made some guacamole last night, and it was really good. Kind of like guacamole meets tropical salsa.

  • Mmmm- don’t tell anyone but one of my favorite comfort foods is mashed potato enchiladas. People always turn their noses up when I mention them. But growing up- it really was grab whatever is leftover in the fridge or have on hand in the pantry and stick it in a tortilla.
    You should try ground turkey sausage. It’s a staple in my house. We always have some in the freezer and it makes a nice alternative to beef and pork (which I don’t eat anymore). Damn I miss chorizo.

  • This looks so good – I’ll be trying it hopefully tonight or tomorrow!

    I found you through EntreCard – your recipes look incredible. I’m definitely subscribing.

    Thanks –

  • I love potatoes in a burrito, so why not tacos? I wish I had some of those right now. I usually eat the “holy trinity” when I get tacos: pollo, carnitas, y carne asada. Yum.

  • Looks like a nice bunch of tacos! hope you can find some time to participate in my WBB-Balanced Breakfasts event too Ben:)

  • I just tried your recipe today and wanted to say thank you, because it was really tasty! 🙂

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