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Mom’s Idaho Tacos

It’s  something you’ve never had, potatoes in your taco meat, but Mom’s Idaho Tacos will totally win you over with how extra hearty and wonderful they are!
 
It's something you've never had, potatoes in your taco meat, but Mom's Idaho Tacos will totally win you over with how extra hearty and wonderful they are! ohsweetbasil.com
 
 

Let’s take a little walk back in time. So, my mom is from Idaho. I like to believe that is why her tacos are weird. Not that Idaho is weird, but maybe that’s where the random potatoes came from. You see, my mom shreds potatoes into her taco meat. Why? I don’t know. I should ask her. In fact, I think I will. I personally HATED ground beef growing up.  Ok, so my mom would make her potato taco meat and I would choose to have a quesadilla. What a stinkin’ pill. Yes, I know this now. I’ve apologized on many occasions. Let’s move on.

Are Potatoes Good For You?

When cooked the right way — without heaps of butter, cheese or cream — potatoes can be good for you.

Potatoes are low in calories — a medium-sized baked potato contains only about 110 calories.

They are a good source of vitamins C and B6, manganese, phosphorus, niacin and pantothenic acid.

Well, since I have been crazy busy lately I’ve really been struggling to make meals. We’ve had a lot of quick meals. Whenever times get crazy I tend to go back to the recipes of my childhood and I’m kind of glad I did because it was so yummy to have these again.

It's something you've never had, potatoes in your taco meat, but Mom's Idaho Tacos will totally win you over with how extra hearty and wonderful they are! ohsweetbasil.com

The potatoes add a good hearty quality to the meat so it wasn’t just lame ground beef. The spices added a great rounded out flavor and gave the dish a little more depth. Worried about the potatoes? Don’t be. You really don’t realize that they are there. They cook down and get all soft and really do just make it more filling. Maybe that’s why they were added. So that poor farmers could use it as a filler. Anyway, I think you should try it and even play with it to make it your own.

If I could I would add some guac, cheese and a little salsa with cilantro, but we grew up with just lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.

Mom’s Idaho Tacos

It's something you've never had, potatoes in your taco meat, but Mom's Idaho Tacos will totally win you over with how extra hearty and wonderful they are! ohsweetbasil.com

Mom's Idaho Tacos

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
It's  something you've never had, potatoes in your taco meat, but Mom's Idaho Tacos will totally win you over with how extra hearty and wonderful they are!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Medium Potato shredded
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • Pinch of Salt to taste
  • Tortillas
  • Cheese shredded
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Any other toppings

Instructions

  • Place the ground beef and potato in a pan and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Serve with tortillas, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and any other toppings.

Notes

All of this is to our tastes and remember I have to take it easy for baby so you may want to up the spiciness.
Nutrition Facts
Mom's Idaho Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 430 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 249mg11%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 35g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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13 comments

  • When do I put the grated potato in? Sounds wonderful 🙂

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    • Hi Julia, You can just add it as the meat cooks. I’ll correct that. 🙂

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      • Thank you so much for your response;) looking forward to making these. Have a great weekend! -Julia

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  • Oh I LOVE potatoes in my burritoes. Like the 1/2 lb beef and potato from Taco Bell. YUM. I like to add tater tots to my burritos, or southern style hashbrowns. Try it. It is also my favorite to use tater tots in my breakfast burritoes.

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  • larry thinks i'm weird for the potatoes too but i love it. i always thought they were onions and most of the time i don't tell anyone anything different (although larry does). i do it just the way mom did only i add taco seasoning too.

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  • Doesnt look gross to me, great idea

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  • I think this is a great idea! The potatoes add vitamins and fiber and thats a great thing in my book!

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  • I'm an Idaho girl and have never heard of this…very strange! I've had potato in tamales but never tacos. Must be a way to bulk up the dinner meal. My husband would probably love it.

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  • I think it is a poor farmer thing to make the meat go further. I've had several roommates from farm families in Idaho & Utah that put potatoes in hamburger meat for all kinds of dishes-including tacos.

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  • I know! So weird right?

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  • Is this for real? Potatoes in tacos? What an odd, yet intriguing idea. I will have to try it, even though I know I'll get strange looks from my fiance. thanks for the idea.

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