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Fried mashed potato patties stuffed with taco seasoned ground beef and topped with avocado cream and fresh chopped cilantro on a white rectangular platter with fresh limes - fried potato and beef taco croquettes

Beef Taco Potato Croquettes

These beef taco potato croquettes are a great dinner recipe or appetizer. Creamy mashed potatoes stuffed with taco seasoned ground beef, fried to crisp perfection and topped with a dairy-free avocado crema, this is a delicious gluten-free recipe for any occasion!
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 15 croquettes
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Megan


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 fresh cilantro (loosely packed)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water (may need up to 1/2 cup water)

For the Croquettes

  • 2 cups oil (for frying)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (for serving)
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice (for serving)


  • Put 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. Once cooled, mash the potatoes with a fork and combine with salt and cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Set aside while ground beef is prepared.
  • 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. Drain and discard any excess grease/fat. Add tomato paste, spices and water and stir to combine. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, until beef has absorbed the moisture from the water. Set aside to cool.
  • 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.
  • 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. Make a well in the center and add one tablespoon of the ground beef. Wrap the dough around the beef and lightly flatten it into a disk shaped patty. Set aside on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining potato dough and ground beef.
  • 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. 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 skimmer (my fave!)
  • Serve warm with the avocado crema, some chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.


  • I found the best way to shape the mashed potatoes around the ground beef was to flatted out the mashed potato and create a little divot in the middle and add the cooked ground beef to the center. Then wrap the mashed potato around the ground beef.
  • If there is any ground beef poking through, just patch that baby up with more mashed potato.
  • I specifically chose white potatoes for this recipe, because white potatoes are great for both mashing and frying, both of which we're doing here! You can also use red potatoes or yukon gold potatoes, too!


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 10.4mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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