Spice Up Your Next Meal with Mexican Potato Latkes

Are you tired of eating the same old potato latkes every year? Well, it’s time to mix things up with a Mexican twist on this classic dish! I, Ehud, am excited to share my recipe for Mexican Potato Latkes that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

Picture a crispy fried potato cake topped with a perfectly seasoned mix of tomatoes, scallions, and fresh coriander. The combination of garlic, lemon juice and Morton Lite Salt in the mix creates a burst of flavor that you won’t forget. These latkes are perfect for anyone who loves Mexican food or wants to try something new.

Potato latkes, also known as Jewish potato pancakes, are a comfort food favorite that reminds many people of childhood memories. However, our recipe takes things to the next level by incorporating delicious ingredients like cilantro jalapeño and green chiles cheese. We believe in creating dishes that can bring families and friends together in celebration.

This recipe is super easy to follow and personalize. You can modify it to fit your unique taste preferences. Make it as spicy or mild as you want. You can even use leftover mashed potatoes instead of peeled shredded potatoes. So let’s get started on this exciting culinary adventure! Your taste buds will thank you.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mexican Potato Latkes
Mexican Potato Latkes

If you’re a lover of Mexican food, then this recipe is a must-try! But even if you’re not, I guarantee that these Mexican Potato Latkes will become your new favorite dish.

Firstly, let’s talk about texture. The combination of shredded potatoes with diced onions and jalapeños creates a crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside texture that will leave you wanting more. It’s absolute perfection.

Secondly, the flavor profile of these latkes is unbeatable. The addition of fresh cilantro and parsley gives it that Mexican flair while also bringing out the natural earthy tones of the potatoes. Plus, the spiciness from the jalapeños balanced with the mild sourness from the lemon juice is pure bliss to the taste buds.

Thirdly, these latkes are incredibly versatile. They can be served as an appetizer, a side dish or even a main course if paired and garnished right! Top them with sour cream and shredded cheese for a classic Mexican twist, or serve with fried eggs on top for a unique breakfast experience! Trust me; there are endless possibilities.

Lastly, who doesn’t love potato pancakes? This recipe takes those classic potato latkes that we all know and love and elevates them to another level entirely. It’s like having both classic hash browns and cheesy potatoes in one glorious fried potato cake – sounds great right?

In conclusion, Jew wanna eat these incredible Mexican Potato Latkes because they’re crispy yet soft, packed full of flavor with fresh herbs and spices and incredibly versatile in every way imaginable – what’s not to love?

Ingredient List

 Crispy, golden Mexican Potato Latkes anyone?
Crispy, golden Mexican Potato Latkes anyone?

Ingredients Needed for Mexican Potato Latkes Recipe

To make this delicious Mexican Potato Latkes recipe, we will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of Russet potatoes, peeled and shredded (about 5 large potatoes)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon of Morton Lite Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 cups of sour cream
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For a little tangy twist to these tasty potato cakes, we’ll add some fresh ingredients like scallions, celery, parsley or even diced tomatoes. You can also add some grated cheese or Tex-Mex style seasoning blend to give your Mexican latkes a kick. As you can see, the ingredient list is quite simple and straight forward. Let’s get ready to fill our kitchen with some amazing aromas!

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to experience a latke like never before!
Get ready to experience a latke like never before!

Step 1: Preparing the Potatoes

First of all, I peel 2 pounds of Russet potatoes and shred them using a box grater. Then, I transfer them into a large bowl and add 1 medium onion that has been diced, 1 large jalapeno seeded and diced, 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped cilantro, and 1 teaspoon of Morton Lite Salt.

Step 2: Making the Mexican Potato Latkes Mixture

Next, I lightly beat 2 large eggs in a different bowl, and pour it into the potato mixture. After this, I add 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, mix all the ingredients together until the shredded potatoes are fully coated with egg mixture.

Step 3: Cooking the Mexican Potato Latkes

I heat up around 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil or avocado oil over medium-high heat in a frying pan or skillet until it starts to glisten. To start frying the Mexican Potato Latkes, I use a measuring cup or large spoon to scoop up potato mixture which is then carefully poured onto the pan.

Using my spatula, I then spread out each potato mound to have a diameter of about three inches until it’s nice and flat like a pancake! Finally, I cook each side for approximately 5 minutes or until crispy brown.

Step 4: Finishing touches

After taking the fried latkes off from the frying pan, I place them on paper towels to remove any excess oil before serving. Finally,I serve our deliciously crispy Mexican Potato Latkes with sour cream on top!

Substitutions and Variations

 Trust me, these latkes are worth making from scratch.
Trust me, these latkes are worth making from scratch.

I know that not everyone has all the listed ingredients on hand or may prefer to mix things up every once in a while. So I’ve compiled some alternative options for your convenience!

– Potatoes: While russet potatoes are ideal for this recipe, feel free to use any type of potato you have on hand. Sweet potatoes add a nice touch of sweetness to the savory latkes, while Yukon Gold potatoes have a buttery flavor and work well too.

– Scallion and Onion: You can use different types of onion like red onion, shallots, or Vidalia onions to change the flavor profile. Green onions are also a great substitute for scallions.

– Jalapeños and Green Chiles: Those who prefer more heat can skip jalapeño peppers and use serrano peppers instead or add habanero peppers. You can also switch green chiles for poblano peppers if you want a mild and smoky taste profile.

– Flour: Instead of all-purpose flour, you could use matzo meal or pancake mix (which would make it slightly sweeter).

– Cheese: Mexican blends go perfectly with these Latkes. Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack are an excellent choice as well!

– Garnish Options: Play with extra toppings such as diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, salsa, sour cream or guacamole. Additionally, unless you’re trying to keep calories low you can top them off with queso fresco, cotija cheese or Oaxaca cheese.

Remember that the beauty of cooking is that nothing is set in stone. You can always modify recipes as needed and create new favorites along the way.

Serving and Pairing

 Potato pancakes with a Mexican twist? Yes, please!
Potato pancakes with a Mexican twist? Yes, please!


When it comes to serving and pairing these Mexican Potato Latkes, the options are endless. These crunchy, savory potato pancakes are the perfect side dish for any meal, especially if you’re a fan of Mexican food.

One classic way to serve these latkes is with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh parsley or scallions. This adds a creamy and tangy element that complements the spiciness of the jalapeños perfectly.

Another delicious way to serve these latkes is as a base for your favorite toppings. Diced tomatoes, fresh coriander, and a squeeze of lemon juice make for a vibrant and zesty addition. You can also add some diced onion or celery for extra crunch.

If you’re looking for something more substantial, try stacking these latkes with layers of sliced avocado, shredded lettuce, and diced chicken or beef. This turns these simple fried potato cakes into a satisfying meal that’s full of flavor and texture.

For pairing, consider serving these latkes with your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes like enchiladas, tacos, or chili. They also work well alongside hash browns or cheesy potatoes for breakfast or brunch.

No matter how you choose to serve or pair them, these Mexican Potato Latkes are sure to be a hit with your taste buds. So go ahead and experiment until you find your perfect combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A combination of crunchy and creamy texture in every bite.
A combination of crunchy and creamy texture in every bite.

As with many potato-based dishes, these Mexican potato latkes can be made ahead of time and stored for later enjoyment. If you don’t feel like frying them all at once, the shredded potato mixture can be prepped ahead of time and kept in the fridge. When you’re ready to cook them up, simply remove the mixture from the fridge and proceed with shaping and frying the latkes.

Storing leftover latkes is easy too! To keep your latkes fresh for later, place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and store them in the refrigerator. They’ll keep well for up to four days.

If you plan to reheat your latkes, there’s no need to give them another fry in oil. Instead, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and place the leftover latkes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they’re heated through and crispy again.

Finally, if you have some leftover mashed potatoes from another meal, this recipe is a great way to use them up! Simply substitute two cups of mashed potatoes for the shredded potatoes called for in the recipe. You may need to adjust the flour mixture slightly to ensure that the mixture is thick enough to hold together when frying.

Regardless of how you make them or when you enjoy them, these Mexican potato latkes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Serve them up with some sour cream or green chile sauce for dipping and watch as your guests devour every last fried potato patty on their plate!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These potato latkes are a crowd-pleaser, perfect for any occasion.
These potato latkes are a crowd-pleaser, perfect for any occasion.

Now that you’ve got the basics down, here are some tips to take your Mexican Potato Latkes to the next level.

The key to getting the perfect crunch on your latkes is to make sure they’re well-drained before you fry them. Take the shredded potatoes and squeeze them in a clean kitchen towel to remove any excess moisture. This will ensure that they crisp up beautifully and won’t become mushy once they hit the pan.

Another tip for perfect results is to experiment with different types of potatoes. While Russet potatoes are the classic choice for latkes, don’t be afraid to try Yukon gold or sweet potatoes for a twist on the traditional. Just remember to adjust the seasonings accordingly based on the flavor profile of your chosen potato.

When it comes to frying your latkes, the temperature of the oil is crucial. Too hot and they’ll burn, too cool and they won’t cook through properly. Use a thermometer to ensure that the oil is at 375 degrees Fahrenheit before adding in the latkes.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, try baking your latkes instead of frying them. Simply spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, add your latkes, and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes per side until golden brown.

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun and get creative with toppings and pairings! Whether it’s classic sour cream or something more adventurous like green chile salsa or shredded cheese, there’s no wrong way to enjoy these crispy fried potato cakes. So go ahead, let your inner chef run wild and enjoy all that delicious Mexican flavor!


As I’m sure you are excited to try out this Mexican Potato Latkes recipe, you may have a few questions about some aspects of the cooking process. In this section, I will answer some commonly asked questions that may arise while making these delicious latkes.

What is the difference between potato pancakes and latkes?

While both latkes and pancakes share similar main ingredients such as potatoes and eggs, there are notable differences in their additional ingredients. Latkes incorporate baking powder, matzo meal, and occasionally milk, whereas potato pancakes do not commonly contain these additives. Potato pancakes can be prepared utilizing both raw and cooked mashed potatoes.

What is the difference between latkes and Draniki?

These fried potato patties can go by different names depending on the language or region. However, they all refer to the same delicious dish. In English, they are commonly known as “Potato Fritters,” which makes it easy for you to share the recipe with others.

What is the difference between a knish and a latke?

Latke, a savory dish popular in Jewish cuisine, resembles the well-known hash brown and is commonly referred to as a potato pancake. It’s typically served with a generous dollop of sour cream and tangy apple sauce on top. On the other hand, potato knish is a pastry delicacy where a layer of flaky dough encases a filling of deliciously mashed potatoes.

What is the difference between rösti and latke?

For those wondering about the distinction between rösti and latke, the key difference lies in the binding agent. Latkes contain flour and eggs to hold together the potato shreds, while rösti relies solely on melted butter as the binding agent, making it a more challenging dish to execute.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, I hope this Mexican Potato Latkes recipe has inspired you to try something new in the kitchen. These fried potato cakes are a great way to mix up your usual potato dishes and add a Mexican twist to them. With a combination of delicious ingredients like jalapeños, chilies, and fresh herbs, this recipe is sure to impress your taste buds.

Remember, you can always make substitutions or variations based on your personal preference or dietary restrictions. And don’t forget to pair them with a dollop of sour cream or any other condiment you love!

Whether you call them potato latkes or Mexican potato pancakes, these delicious treats are not only filling but also very easy to make. So go ahead, give this recipe a try and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills. Perhaps even make enough for leftovers so you can enjoy these tasty little morsels again and again!

Thank you for reading and happy cooking!

Mexican Potato Latkes

Mexican Potato Latkes Recipe

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Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer/Side dish
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 338.8 kcal


  • 4 large potatoes, scrubbed and unpeeled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon morton lite salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • oil (for frying)


  • 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon morton lite salt
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 -4 drops hot pepper sauce


  • Grate potatoes on the coarse side of grater into a bowl.
  • Add egg, onion, lemon juice, coriander, salt, and pepper; mix well.
  • Pour oil to about ¼-inch depth into a large skillet.
  • Heat oil and drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls into hot oil.
  • Fry over medium heat until nicely browned on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
  • Serve with salsa.
  • ---To Prepare The Salsa---.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a non-metal bowl.
  • Cover and let stand for at least one hour to allow flavors to blend.
  • Makes about 1½ cups.

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Serving: 541gCalories: 338.8kcalCarbohydrates: 72.3gProtein: 10.5gFat: 1.8gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 46.5mgSodium: 67.4mgFiber: 10.2gSugar: 7g
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