Tacos Dorados (step by step)

An authentic recipe for Tacos Dorados! These Crispy Tacos are also known as Tacos Ahogados. Filled with a potato mix, smothered with a savory consomé and delicious toppings!

3 tacos on a plate with garnishes on the side

Each region in Mexico has slight variations. Today I’m showing you how we eat Tacos Dorados in the northern parts like Sonora, Sinaloa & Chihuahua.

Some areas only eat them as rolled tacos (taquitos), some don’t top them with consomé (broth) or use a different sauce, and some fill the inside vs adding the garnishes on the top etc.

I’m curious to know, have you tried my version before?

Tacos smothered in the tomato consome

Ingredients

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • Corn tortillas – the thinner the better as they will soak up less oil than the thick kind.
  • Potatoes
  • Shredded beef or chicken (optional but highly recommended)
  • Chopped onions
  • For spices: chicken or beef bullion, garlic salt, regular salt & pepper
  • Flour – this is our secret binding ingredient!
Ingredients in small bowls: cut potatoes, corn tortillas, shredded beef, onions & spices

How To Make Tacos Dorados

Making Tacos Dorados is simple but once you start assembling the tacos, be ready to fry them right away. It’s better if you don’t multitask at this point 🙂

Start by cooking the potatoes in water until soft and mashable.

  • In a medium bowl, mash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher.
  • Then add the flour, salt, pepper and chicken bouillon. Mix everything very well until all ingredients are integrated.
  • In a nonstick skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil and saute the onions on medium heat until soft. About 2 minutes.
  • Add the mashed potato and integrate well with the onion. At this point the flour starts acting as a binder and the potato mix won’t separate anymore. This is what we want so that the potatoes don’t come out of the tacos when frying. Otherwise it will make a mess!

At this point you have two options: 1) Just make the tacos with Potatoes only (Tacos Dorados De Papa) or 2) add some shredded beef or chicken. If you do the latter, make sure you incorporate the shredded meat really well with the potatoes.

Or you can do half with potatoes only and half with shredded beef! You decide ?

a hand holding corn tortillas in a ziploc bag

Pro Tip! Before assembling the tacos, warm the tortillas in a ziploc bag until barely warm. This will prevent the tortilla from breaking when folding it!

  • Here you also have two options: 1) Make them rolled like taquitos or folded in half as shown below.
  • If you’re going to roll them, place a little less filling than what I show below. Roll them gently and place the edge of the taquito face down on the plate and the skillet.
  • Fry the tacos in hot oil in a small skillet. Fry about 45 seconds to a minute per side. Keep your eye on them!
  • Remove and place on a plate with paper towels to drain the excess oil. I also like to blot the top with a paper towel.

It’s best that you fry the tacos as you roll or fold them so that the tortilla doesn’t crack while sitting on a plate. Corn tortillas get dry very quickly!

The Toppings

The toppings are crucial for these Tacos Dorados and that’s where most of the flavors come from! Here are my favorites that you can pick and choose from but I highly recommend you use them all ☺️.

  • Consome – this is a must!
  • Shredded lettuce – use a thick crunchy one like romaine or iceberg. They hold the texture better than the others.
  • Crumbled queso fresco
  • Sliced radishes
  • Salsa Guajillo or Chile De Arbol (or your favorite hot sauce like cholula)
  • Mexican Crema or sour cream (optional)
  • And a squeeze of fresh lime juice!
Toppings in small bowls: crumbled queso fresco, salsa, consome, shredded lettuce, sliced radishes & crema

The toppings are actually placed on top of the taco rather than inside.

3 tacos on a plate covered in tomato sauce

Now it’s time to take one BIG bite of your taco! These Tacos Dorados are finger licking good! My mouth waters just looking at these ?

A hand holding a taco with sauce on it
Tacos dorados de papas & res

What To Serve These Tacos Dorados With:

These tacos pair perfectly with:

Personal note: This recipe is dear to my heart as I ate them a lot growing up. It’s one of my favorite dishes to eat and make and is one of the most requested recipes from my boys & family. We can’t ever say NO to this meal!

My wish is to preserve this family recipe and for new families to adapt it as part of theirs. I hope you enjoy it! ❤️

xoxo, Ana

Close up photo of 3 tacos topped with sauce, lettuce, cheese and radishes

Tacos Dorados (Crunchy Tacos)

Servings 16 tacos
Ana Frias
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Tacos Dorados are among my favorite Mexican food! They have a unique texture and taste with so many flavors combined. You can add your favorite filling and just make sure you make 3 to 4 per people. Everyone will want more!
16 tacos

Ingredients
  

  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 2 large russet potatoes peeled and cut
  • ½ cup onions finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp chicken or beef bullion
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups shredded beef or chicken

Instructions
 

Make the filling

  • In a medium saucepan, add the potatoes with enough water to cover them. Cook until soft for about 15 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, mash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher.
  • Add the flour, salt, pepper and chicken bouillon. Mix everything very well until all ingredients are integrated.
  • In a nonstick skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil and saute the onions on medium heat until soft. About 2 minutes.
  • Add the mashed potato and integrate well with the onion. If using shredded beef or chicken, add it at this point.

Frying the tacos

  • Before assembling the tacos, warm the tortillas in a ziploc bag until barely warm. This will prevent the tortilla from breaking when folding it!
  • With a spoon, add some filling to half of the tortilla and fold gently. (See note #1)
  • Fry the tacos in hot oil in a small skillet. Fry about 45 seconds to a minute per side. Keep your eye on them!
  • Remove and place on a plate with paper towels to drain the excess oil. I also like to blot the top with a paper towel.
  • Serve while hot and top them with Consomé, lettuce, radishes, queso fresco, Mexican crema, hot sauce, and a drizzle of lime juice.

*Ana’s Notes:

#1 It’s best that you fry the tacos as you roll or fold them so that the tortilla doesn’t crack while sitting on a plate. Corn tortillas get dry very quickly!

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1taco | Sodium: 249mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 130mg | Cholesterol: 13mg | Calories: 174kcal | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 11g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 15g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

Tacos with sauce on a white plate
Tacos de papa dorados

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  1. 5 stars
    Deliciosas todas tus recetas 👏👏🙌🙌 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Muchas gracias!! 😊. Happy birthday Ana !! 🎂🎊🎉🎈🌷

  2. Oh yum! We love Mexican food and these sound so delicious! Adding the Ingredients to my grocery store list. Can’t wait to make it.

    1. De seguro que saben riquisimos!! La comida del sur de Mexico esta riquisima tambien. Es bueno saber que le ponen por aya…y aparte que el aguacate va con todo jaja! Saludos y bechos!