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Beef Taco Potato Croquettes

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Potato Type: White
Cuisine: American
Prep Method: BoiledFried


AppetizerSide DishSnack

Prep Time

30 Mins

Cook Time

60 Mins


Serves 15-20 croquettes



Potato Dough

  • 2 lbs. white potatoes (about 5 medium potatoes), peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Ground Beef Filling

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

Avocado Crema

  • 1 avocado, skinned and pit removed
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro (not chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup water


  • 1-2 cups oil, for frying
  • Chopped cilantro, for serving
  • Fresh lime juice, for serving


  • Place the cubed potatoes into a large pot, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
  1. Once cooled, mash the potatoes with a fork and combine with salt and cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Set aside while ground beef is prepared.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, make the ground beef. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and break up into small pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-10 minutes, until beef is browned and cooked through.
  3. Drain and discard any excess grease/fat.
  4. Add tomato paste, spices and water and stir to combine.
  5. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, until beef has absorbed the moisture from the water. Set aside to cool.
  6. To make avocado crema, combine avocado, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, garlic, salt and water in a high powdered blender or food processor. Blend to combine. Add more water to thin out the sauce if needed.
  7. To assemble the croquettes, scoop out a golf ball size piece of potato dough, about 2 tablespoons worth, and flatten with the palms of your hands.
  8. Make a well in the center and add one tablespoon of the ground beef.
  9. Wrap the dough around the beef and lightly flatten it into a disk shaped patty.
  10. Add 1-2 cups of oil to a heavy bottomed pot or high sided skillet. You’ll want there to be about 1/2 inch of oil in the pan so adjust the amount of oil accordingly. Heat the oil to 350F.
  11. Add 3-4 potato croquettes to the skillet at a time, being sure not to crowd the skillet. Fry for 2 minutes on each side and carefully remove with a slotted spoon or spider strainer.
  12. Serve warm with the avocado crema, some chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.


Gluten-free and dairy-free


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