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Sam the Cooking Guy’s Mashed Potato Tacos

Sam the Cooking Guy is a hot item in San Diego! Unfortunately, I don’t spend much time watching TV, so I never really got into his show. My friends love him though, and they own his cookbooks and have been to his cooking classes. Snooping through one of my friend’s cupboards, I found two Sam the Cooking Guy cookbooks and thumbed through the pages. His recipe for Mashed Potato Tacos caught my eye and at first I was a little averse to the idea of potato chips in a dish, but they’re pretty tasty!

Sam the Cooking Guy’s recipe calls for leftover mashed potatoes, which makes it a quick weeknight meal. I don’t usually make mashed potatoes as a side dish, so I usually have to make them specifically for this dish, which is fine since I love freshly mashed potatoes. After boiling, then mashing the potatoes, I keep them warm on the stove while I heat tortillas in a skillet. Then it’s a matter of assembly: heated tortilla on a plate, spread a dollop of sour cream, add mashed potato, add (or omit) hot sauce, sprinkle with chopped green onions, then crush kettle potato chips on top. I can whip these up quick! You can see that I served these with refried beans, but I actually really balk at all the white food and carbs. Sometimes I just want to eat what tastes good, not necessarily what’s healthy or gourmet and these tacos definitely fall into those categories.

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Posted by on January 15, 2012.

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4 Responses

  1. Sam’s a fun guy – I like his approach to cooking and his show is different from other shows (like the ones on Food Network). The mashed potato tacos sound really cool. I am wary of it, but at the same time I’m thinking, “but I like all of those things, they have to be good together!”

    by Mary on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

  2. When looking for a healthy side, I’ve been fooling my husband into thinking mashed cauliflower is mashed potatoes — you know, a carb replacement. I wonder if mashed cauliflower would be a good substitution for these tacos as a filling.

    by Darlene on Jan 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  3. Sam is certainly different than other TV chefs: I caught one of his shows where he went to a fire station to cook and he dropped a jar of salsa, then ended up walking in it! He removed his salsafied socks and pants and replaced them with firemen pants and boots!

    by Alyssa on Jan 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

  4. I have a recipe for mashed cauliflower, but I never thought to use it in this recipe! That’s brilliant, Darlene, thanks!

    by Alyssa on Jan 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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