Weeknight Dinner: Slow Cooker Potato Tacos

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For working folks and busy families, the slow cooker can be a life saver. There was a time when I thought it was the greatest addition to kitchen appliances since the toaster, now there are simply too many to choose from. It was the one recommendation that I made to my father and my brother when life changes left them to fend for themselves in the kitchen.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with more creative ways to use the versatile, nutrient-rich potato for vegetarian meals rather than typecasting the humble starch as a side dish. One of my favorite Mexican restaurants has a crispy Tacos de Papa (potato taco) that is served alongside the Chile Relleno combo plate that I find myself ordering every time… Old habits never die! The taco is fried which makes every bite a satisfying contrast of textures with the crispy shell surrounding a creamy potato filling. I served them the first time as soft tacos, but have to admit that I missed that crunch!

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Here the slow cooker helps you out by cooking the potatoes while you’re going about your day. Dinner can be ready in less than thirty minutes – all you have to do is mash the potatoes, chop ingredients for a quick salsa and heat a few tortillas. The tacos here are vegetarian, gluten free and low in fat and calories, instead of a handful of cheese, they’re topped with a fruity salsa for a tropical twist. Think warm Caribbean island, soft ocean breeze caressing your skin, steel drum music in the background. Then back to helping the kids with their homework or walking the dog :)

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Disclosure:  I received compensation for developing this recipe for the Idaho Potato Commission, opinions expressed are my own.

8 Responses to “Weeknight Dinner: Slow Cooker Potato Tacos”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 28 at 5:32 pm #

    These tacos look so tasty, love the mango salsa!

  2. Amy April 28 at 6:31 pm #


  3. sippitysup April 29 at 9:48 am #

    Colorful and fun. I’m glad you left it to us to decide soft or crisp tortillas! GREG

  4. What a great idea to utilize potatoes more as a main, rather than a side dish. Your tacos sound really healthy, and sooooo delicious!!! Hugs, Terra

  5. martha@ simple-nourished-living July 25 at 1:37 pm #

    These look delicious. I love potatoes but never would have considered potato tacos. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve included them in a recent roundup of slow cooker taco fillings I posted.


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