Taco Bell Spicy Potato Taco

The Taco Bell Spicy Potato Taco is a vegetarian taco made with fried crispy potatoes, Cheddar cheese, lettuce, and a perfectly spicy chipotle sauce. You can recreate the Taco Bell potato taco at home this taco is one of the meatless options available at Taco Bell.

Homemade Taco Bell Spicy Potato Taco, chipotle sauce, and spicy fried potatoes

Preparing a single meal when there is a vegetarian in the family can be challenging. Many vegetarian-friendly dishes contain meat alternatives such as soy or tempeh that just are not very appealing to most non-vegetarians. But there are some non-dish meals that everyone loves like the Taco Bell Spicy Potato Soft Taco. This spicy potato soft taco was removed from the menu, but a few months later we saw the return of our beloved potatoes to the Taco Bell menu.

Spicy Potato Soft Taco

You may need to create a vegetarian space in your home, and this is the perfect recipe to make a delicious spicy taco. Potatoes are cut up into small pieces, seasoned to perfection, fried, and then served with a creamy chipotle sauce, lettuce, and cheese are wrapped with a warm flour tortilla.

One Recipe, Countless Options

When something is this delicious, it is hard to get enough of it! But who wants to eat tacos all the time? The good news is that there are almost endless other ways that you can utilize the spicy potato filling and the Taco Bell spicy chipotle sauce to create something entirely new! Try one of the following suggestions or try experimenting on your own. Share your creations with us in the comments below.

  • Substitute the fried potatoes and spicy chipotle sauce for homefries. They are perfect with any style of eggs and an ideal side dish for Huevos Ranchos. Try mixing them with black beans as a filling for a Southwest omelet.
  • Turn the recipe into a spicy veggie patty. Slightly mash two cups of cold potato taco filling and one cup of black beans together. Stir in a half cup of canned diced tomatoes and a quarter cup small, diced onions. Add enough Taco Bell spicy chipotle sauce to help bring together. Cook over over medium heat in a well-greased skillet into browned on both sides. Serve on a bun like a burger or over rice.
  • Try dipping chicken tenders or french fries into the spicy chipotle sauce. Spread the sauce liberally on a roast beef or cold meatloaf sandwich to add a bit of smoky spice.

Tips For Serving and Storing a Taco Bell Spicy Potato Soft Taco

  • Serve as part of a make-your-own taco fiesta. A Southwest or south of the border theme is perfect for a party or potluck. Tacos and burritos are inexpensive and simple for your guest to assembly independently, leaving you more free time to mingle. Don’t forget the margaritas!
  • Use corn tortillas instead of flour ones. Corn tortillas have so much more flavor than the flour alternatives, but you have to know how to heat them correctly to bring it out. Forget using the microwave or oven. For the best results, heat in a dry pan on the stove over medium until both sides begin to color, but not too long that they become crispy.
  • Store in the fridge overnight. You probably don’t want to keep this potato taco filling too long because the potatoes will start to break down, but they should be good the next day as long as you keep the filling in an airtight container. Reheat over medium heat in a pan or a 350-degree.

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Here’s what you need to make spicy potato tacos and chipotle sauce:

  • Russet potatoes
  • All-purpose flour
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Four tortillas
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Oil for frying
  • Sour cream
  • Dukes mayonnaise
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Salt, table and Kosher
  • Fresh lime juice
What are the best potatoes to use for a Spicy Taco Bell Potato Taco?

You should use Russet potatoes. They are the best for frying because they are dense and high in starch and low in moisture. These dense potatoes are perfect for frying because of the starch they brown perfectly on the outside, and the dense center makes these potato bites a delight to eat.

Taco Bell Spicy Potato Taco ingredients

How to Make Taco Bell Spicy Potato Taco

  1. Wash, peel, and cut potatoes into bite-size cubes.
  2. Rinse cut potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees.
  4. Combine flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
    seasoning mix for spicy potatoes
  5. Drop potato chunks into the flour, and toss to coat well.
  6. Shake off excess seasoning before placing potatoes into the deep fryer.
  7. Deep fry for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.
  8. Remove potatoes from the fryer, and drain on wire rack.
    Mexican seasoned fried potatoes
  9. Place all sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  10. Warm tortillas then add two to three tablespoons of potatoes to each tortilla.
  11. Drizzle on chipotle sauce and top with shredded lettuce and cheese.
two homemade Taco Bell spicy potato tacos, a bowl of fried potatoes, and a bowl of chipotle sauce

Storing a Spicy Potato Soft Taco

You could make these ahead of time, and warm them up just before serving. It is a great way to prepare make-ahead breakfasts. Simply store the ingredients separately. Store the potatoes in an airtight container after they have cooled to room temperature. Store the sauce in its own airtight container. When you are ready to enjoy your tacos, heat the potatoes, and warm the tortillas. Then you can assemble to the taco. If you store them already made, the sauce will dry out long before you get to enjoy this potato taco.

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Taco Bell Spicy Potato Soft Taco

Taco Bell Spicy Potato Taco is a great meatless meal with loads of flavor! Get the easy copycat recipe to make the best potato tacos with homemade chipotle sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco Bell Spicy Potato Soft Taco
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 576kcal


  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

Spicy Chipotle Sauce ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise Dukes
  • 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice


Crispy potato instructions

  • Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Wash and peel potatoes.  Cut potatoes into ½ inch to ¾ inch cubes.  Rinse potatoes off, and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Prepare seasoned flour for potatoes by combining flour, onion power, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Drop potato chunks into the flour, and coat well.  Shake off excess seasoned flour before placing potatoes to the deep fryer.
  •  Deep fry for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.  Remove potatoes from the fryer, and drain on wire rack.

Chipotle sauce

  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a blender and puree for about 30 seconds. Store any unused sauce in an air-tight container.

Taco Assembly

  • Prepare tacos by warming tortillas for about 30 seconds in the microwave.
  • Add two to three tablespoons of potatoes to each tortilla, drizzle on chipotle sauce, and top with shredded lettuce and cheese.


Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 1120mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 447IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 5mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Brenda

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe twice now and it’s terrific. I did cook the potatoes in the air fryer as opposed to deep frying. Definitely as good if not better than the Taco Bell version. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Shelby B.

    5 stars
    5 months pregnant and have been craving Taco Bell spicy potato soft tacos, but we all know they got rid of them! This recipe was perfection! So close to the real thing. Love it!

  3. Becky

    5 stars
    The tacos look heavenl! I love healthy recipes and this is such a great one to add to my will-try-soon list. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jackie

    Have you tried this with sweet potatoes? I will try as written but may have to try sweet potatoes too. Thanks for your posts, really enjoy them.

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