Potato tacos with chorizo are easy to make a very special. We are going to cook some cubed potatoes and then make a homemade chorizo with pork and spices. I know that sounds daunting but making chorizo is actually pretty easy. All you need are some spices and ground pork.
For the spices we will be using ground chile arbol. Arbol is very spicy so if you prefer you can use ancho chile powder. The rest of the spices are pretty common staples – paprika, cinnamon, allspice, cumin, oregano and garlic. We will cook the spices and then add vinegar and sugar to it. That’s it! We add the pork and, voila, we are done! Spicy pork chorizo!
We will then finish this with the potatoes and be done. Serve the potato and chorizo in a tortilla and sprinkle some onion and cilantro on top. Slather it with some tomatillo and avocado salsa, add some queso fresco and enjoy!
Side note – I can imagine that these potatoes and chorizo would be fantastic with a fried egg on top. What a great hash!
This is what you are going to need for these fantastic potato tacos with chorizo –
Potato Tacos with Chorizo
2 large potatoes preferably Yukon gold
1 tablespoon Chile arbol or Chile ancho powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of allspice
1 teaspoon oregano
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 garlic clove — minced
1/2 pound ground pork
Peel the potatoes and remove all imperfections. Cut them into 1/2 an inch thick slices. Pile two or three slices and cut them into 1/2 inch strips, lengthwise. Arrange the strips and start cutting into small cubes — about 1/2 inch as well. You need about 4 cups of diced potatoes.
Bring a pan with salted water to a boil. Add the potato cubes and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until slightly tender. Remove the potato from the hot water into a bowl and set aside. Discard the water and wipe down your pan.
Add oil to the pan and heat. Add the spices and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn the spices. Work on medium heat, Remove the pan from the heat and add in the vinegar and the sugar. Be careful with splatters. Mix in well and allow it to cool down for a few minutes.
Add in the garlic clove and the pork. Mix until everything is well incorporated. Use your spatula to break down the meat. Return the pan to the stove and add the potatoes. Mix it in well. Season generously with salt.
Cover the pan and cook, on low heat, for 12 to 15 minutes — until the potatoes and the pork are completely cooked through. Mash about half of the cooked potato with a fork and mix it all in.
FOR THE SALSA:
4 medium tomatillos – husked, washed and halved
1 jalapeño — seeded and membrane removed; halved
1 handful cilantro leaves with stems — washed
1 small garlic clove — peeled
1 1/2 small avocados — peeled
1/4 cup water
1 lime — juiced
Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for salt and adjust if necessary. Set aside.
FOR THE TACOS:
8 – 6 inch corn tortillas
Chopped white onion
Potato and pork chorizo
Crumbled queso fresco
Heat the tacos in a dry skillet. Place on on top of the other and flip them a few times.
Place the warm tortillas on a pale and spoon in potato and pork. Top with onion and cilantro. Finish with a layer of salsa and some queso fresco on top. Serve with lime wedges on the side and enjoy!