Taco-Stuffed Smashed Potatoes

Taco-stuffed smashed potatoes on a white plate.

Crispy smashed potatoes stuffed with taco meat and all your favorite taco toppings. The perfect customizable simple weeknight meal.


  • 1-1 ½ pounds baby yellow or red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ¾ teaspoons coarse salt, divided
  • ½-pound ground beef
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheeses
  • Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro or green onion and diced avocado, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook about 10 minutes or until slightly soft.  Drain and transfer potatoes to a greased baking sheet.  Let slightly cool.
  3. Use the back of a spatula to gently smash each potato. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with half of the salt.  Roast 10 minutes or until crispy on the edges.
  4. While the potatoes roast, brown the ground beef in a skillet, breaking up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Add the remaining salt, chili powder, cumin, onion, garlic, black pepper and ¼ cup water to the beef and bring to a simmer.  Spoon taco meat onto the roasted smashed potatoes.  Top each with shredded cheese and bake an additional 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Top with desired toppings and serve.


Cooking Tip: The potatoes can be boiled and/or roasted ahead of time to make for a quick weeknight meal.


Keywords: weeknight dinner, easy, quick, simple, healthy, family friendly, kid-friendly, customizable