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Mexican Skillet Potatoes

Mexican Skillet Potatoes – a quick and easy one pan Mexican recipe. Crispy potatoes, taco meat, salsa, cheese and more! So much better than just regular tacos.

One pan dinners are pretty much my favorite thing.  Weeks are crazy busy.  They always have been, but now with a teenager, our schedules are even more crazy.  So finding a dinner we can get on the table in just minutes, like One Pan Spicy Garlic Shrimp.

Mexican food is pretty much our favorite thing ever. There is just something about the flavors that I am obsessed with.  It can be Chicken Tostadas or classic tacos or this Mexican Potatoes Recipe.

mexican skillet potatoes in a pan


Mexican Rice Skillet is one of my most popular recipes, so I decided to mix it up and use potatoes instead. There is just something about little crispy potatoes. If I could eat hash browns every day, I would. And I would be happy about it. But then you add taco meat, salsa, and cheese…talk about a dinner dream come true.

What You’ll Need

  • Potatoes
  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Oil
  • Salsa
  • Cheese

If you are short on time, you can use the store bought hash browns that are already diced. How quickly it will cook, really depends on how small you chop your potatoes. You could always microwave them in a covered bowl before adding to the pan to speed things up. Then you are just getting them crispy when they are in the pan.

Out of taco seasoning? Don’t worry, this Homemade Taco Seasoning is perfect for this recipe.

mexican skillet potatoes in a pan

What To Top Mexican Potatoes

When the Mexican skillet potatoes is ready, you can choose to top it with anything you want. You could top it like a taco, like Dorito taco casserole. Or you could just add a few of your favorite toppings.

So when you are planning your menu this week, be sure to add this Mexican Skillet Potatoes recipe to the list! Your family will love it, and it comes together quickly for those busy nights!

mexican skillet potatoes in a pan

How to Make Mexican Potatoes

  1. You can make this all in one pan, or if you want to speed things up you can cook the potatoes and the ground beef in separate pans at the same time. 
  2. The smaller the potatoes are cut the quicker they will cook.  You can cut them yourself or use the store bought hash browns.  There is nothing wrong with taking a little help from the store here!
  3. Cook the potatoes until they are crispy and cooked through. And the ground beef you are just making taco meat.  So once that is done you mix them together!
  4. Add salsa and mix until everything is well coated.  
  5. Finally mix in the cheese and let it get all melty and delicious!  
  6. Top with whatever your favorite toppings are. 
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Yield: 5

Mexican Skillet Potatoes

mexican skillet potatoes in a pan

Mexican Skillet Potatoes - a quick and easy one pan Mexican recipe. Crispy potatoes, taco meat, salsa, cheese and more! So much better than just regular tacos.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 3 large potatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water, (or what is called for with seasoning packet)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Desired Taco Toppings


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown ground beef. Once cooked, added taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid is absorbed. Remove taco meat from the pan, and cover with foil to keep warm.
  2. Add oil to the pan, and swirl to coat. Add potatoes and cook for 20-25 minutes, until crispy and for tender.
  3. Pour salsa evenly over the potatoes. Top with taco meet, and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let cook for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  4. Serve immediately with desired toppings.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 610Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 103mgSodium 1098mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 35g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Tuesday 9th of August 2022

Any suggestions on what to replace the salsa with ? My family doesn't care for tomatoes

Erin S

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

Maybe taco sauce? I would probably use whatever your family normally likes when you have Mexican food. It will be rather dry without it, so if you have a taco sauce you like or something else you normally use for flavor that should work.


Friday 10th of June 2022

Can't wait to try it next week


Sunday 5th of June 2022

My family loved this recipe! And it was so easy!


Wednesday 25th of May 2022

This is one of the best potato recipes I've tried! Can't wait to make it again!

Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

My family would love this!! It looks and sounds like the perfect meal!

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