7.30.2014

mashed potato tacos



When I was in Hawaii, M and I decided that we were going to make potato tacos for dinner one night.  I thought we would saute the potatoes with onions and peppers but she had the brilliant idea to mash them.



So we made mashed potatoes and added some taco seasoning, fresh grated garlic, salt and pepper.  We cooked the corn tortillas without oil in a skillet until they were crisp.  Topped them with salsa and fresh avocado.  The creaminess paired with that crisp corn shell is heaven.  Simples, as my Brittish friends say.

In other news we are waiting for the temps to cool before we start prepping the house for paint. Can't wait!

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  1. This is my kind of food! Mushed potatoes and avocado with crispy tortillas! Mmmm... I'll be making this this weekend. I'm so looking forward to seeing the newly painted pink cottage. Have a wonderful rest of the summer, Janet xx

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  2. I would have thought to saute' the potatoes as well, but really like the idea of mashing then instead.

    Is it really weird that I am really excited to see your house painted pink??????

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    1. right! such a unexpected way to serve them. so good!
      glad you are excited. i am too.

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  3. Mmm. I may have to try this. I've been sampling new things lately. My latest was a vegetable stir-fry wrap. It was delicious, but very filling. They tucked a bit of rice in with the hot stir-fried veggies. It was a keeper.

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    1. i think you will love them kristien. you can shove other things in with the potatoes too. i have mashed raw spinach in for extra vitamins!

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  4. Ohhh that looks delish and so much better than the 2 potatoes I just nuked and only added butter and pepper.

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    1. thanks gsl. i love a plain old baked potato too!

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  5. Why is it that the simplest food looks so fabulous when you present it here!!!! Love this idea and will certainly try it! I am hoping you post a little more often as the weather starts to cool - I look everyday to see what's new and it seems your posts have become longer between each! Thank you for all the wonderful tips!

    Laura

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    1. ha ha thanks laura. i think it's the garden in the background that does it?!

      i have been outside and enjoying this summer so much that's why my posting has been sparse. so that's a good thing!

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  6. Oh my goodness, that looks like the perfect hangover food (she says, knocking back the rum and cokes!) xxx

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    1. Oh boy....this is my kinda post, you two (she says, draining the last of her glass of pinot gris). Who would of thought of mash in a taco? Maybe a bit of asparagus tips? Gonna have to try it - Gosh darn YA!

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  7. I am sooooooo excited to see your house painted!

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    1. me too stephen andrew. hey why am i denied access to your blog now and when did you go private! i'm a little jealous.

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    2. Because I am SO MAD at you! Haha no one can see it right now (I think?). I switched it to totally private while I decide what the hell to do with it. I think I'll probably pick it back up again at some point. And when I do, I promise it will be totally open :)

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    3. I'm denied too! But I got your email address, heehee...

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    4. I was wondering the same! I'd wanted to re-read the post about painting the floor!

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    5. Me too! I wanted to go back and re-read your post about painting your floor!

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  8. this sounds totally divine! I wonder how it would be with the sautéed onions....probably couldn't go wrong there. you should start a cookbook, hhhmmm. I bet lots of us would buy it. :)

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  9. Oh I wish I could eat like this, but without serious hits of protein I'm a basket case:(

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    1. you can eat like this...just pair it with a bit of chicken or something! Yummo!

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    2. I was thinking the same thing about the protein; maybe mashing up some beans at the same time. Experimentation. Onions, garlic, tomato-y sauce and the healthy fat of the avocado; crisping up the tortilla without oil. Smart and YUM. Good one, Janet.

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    3. ooooooorrrrrrr...you could have a side of beans. the mashed potatoes in the taco is just so good. i don't want to mix too much in it!

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    4. True, about mixing too much in, to something that's already figured out. I like the beans on the side idea. I've been reading so much lately about benefits derived from the combos of beans & greens, or beans with brown rice. It's noticeable on some of the foodie websites where a perfect recipe is posted for which many reader comments follow, with most everyone offering how they tweaked the recipe, which I figure has gotta irk the person who invented it, maybe thru great trial & error, in the first place.

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    5. yeah vicki, i tweak just about every recipe i find! guilty! lol

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  10. Oh that looks amazing! I am going to steal this idea!

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  11. Oh my goodness. Sublime.....potatoes and Mexican food. Two of my favorites. I'm guessing a great marriage. Thanks Janet!
    P.S. My son and hubby just got back from touring colleges in CA. He LOVED U of R. Definitely one he will apply to this fall.

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  12. Janet
    Would you be able to do some 'out and about' posts of local places/establishments/interests around your home town sometime for o/s readers?
    thx
    Penelope

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  13. Hello Janet,

    As you so well know we are never, if we can avoid it, to be found in a kitchen. We do, however, love food and eating. So often when we arrive here our taste buds are tingled with your glorious receipts and we can but wish that we were near neighbours and that the table you show as laid could have room for two more!

    We love avocado but Timea, our housekeeper, dislikes it with a passion so we never get to eat it. The same can be said for aubergines. Please can you adopt us? We are housetrained.....just!

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  14. I have never head of these by my oh my I would love them!!!!!!

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  15. You have a new fan! Love your blog.....never would have guessed your age!

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  16. These look delicious! Last May I had deep fried mashed potato tacos at a little all vegan Mexican food restaurant in Monterrey; I think it was the best intentionally vegan Mexican food I have ever had! I am so happy to have found your delightful blog today; I was looking for info on the Normandie Court cottages (I am a fellow Redlander) and your blog popped up in the search results.

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