Easy Family Recipes: Fiesta Potato Smashers

Fiesta Potato Smashers
Fiesta Potato Smashers

Do you do Taco Tuesday in your family? Tacos are always a winner, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit from the usual rice and bean side dishes. Enter Fiesta Potato Smashers! By using your microwave to cook the potatoes through, you can cut your cooking time drastically. A quick browning in a saute pan and you’ve got the crispy edges that everyone loves, along with seasoning that goes perfectly with any Mexican-themed dinner. Give them a try this week!

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Yield: 4-6
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

  • 5 small yellow potatoes
  • 5 small red potatoes or potato of your choice
  • 1 pint sweet mini peppers (red, orange and yellow)
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 8 sprigs cilantro, picked from stems
  • salt, to taste
  • chili powder, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Pierce whole potatoes with a fork and place into microwave-safe, covered dish.

  2. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes.

  3. While potatoes are cooking, cut mini peppers into 1/4-inch slices. Add half of the oil to a non-stick saute pan, then heat to medium-high. Add peppers and saute until they start to brown. Remove from pan and set aside.

  4. Remove potatoes from microwave place on a cutting board. Using a glass or measuring cup, press down on potatoes to smash until 1 3/4-inch thick.

  5. Pour remaining oil into the saute pan, then heat again to medium-high and add smashed potatoes. Cook 1-2 minutes on each side until potatoes start to brown.

  6. On plate, place potatoes and layer with sour cream or yogurt, if desired, peppers and cilantro. Dust with salt, chili powder and pepper, to taste. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from Potatoes USA