Potato Street Tacos w/ Roasted Jalapeno Salsa

February 25, 2015

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I’m a firm believer in creating your own environment. A snow storm hit this past weekend and gave us what I would call a “white out” on Saturday. There was no leaving the house. I’ve been missing California, having a bit of the winter blues, and was in need of a change in environment. So I created one. In our cozy little city flat you would not have known there was a foot of snow being dumped on us outside our window. We cranked the radiators so it got nice and toasty, put on our favorite surf films by Thomas Campbell (Sprout and The Present), made street tacos, and blended berry-licious superfood smoothies. Yep, we created a mini southern California in our Denver apartment, and it was rad. We were so happy, and totally oblivious to the snowy conditions outside. Nothing takes me back to the warm coast than sinking my teeth into spicy, fresh tacos while watching Alex Knost (from our previous home, Newport Beach) carve some waves with Joel Tudor and Dan Malloy and listening to Ray Barbie and the Mattson 2 jam in way that makes your music soul pitter patter. It was just as bleak on Sunday, but we risked or lives in a tiny Car2Go smart-car to drive to do some indoor bouldering (which was SO FUN, I want to go pro).

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Back to these tacos. They are simple, as street tacos should be, with roasted baby potatoes coated in Mexican spices and topped with slices of roasted red bell pepper, avocado, and the best roasted jalapeño salsa ever. We got a little street-taco-fancy and finished them off with some fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime (SO FRESH). The ingredient that got this taco train moving was the gorgeous organic yellow heirloom tomato I spotted at our neighborhood market last week. We use to grow huge yellow heirloom tomatoes in our garden back in California, and they make THE BEST SALSA. I typically would use a raw jalapeño, but after Sara’s post over at Sprouted kitchen last week I was inspired to roast the pepper and take the salsa flavor to another level. It went there, and these tacos were a little summer gift in the midst of a winter storm.

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Serves two. Makes extra salsa, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

1/4 cup fresh cilantro rinsed & chopped
1 jalapeno pepper
1 large heirloom tomato
2 cloves of garlic
1 large shallot
juice of half a lemon
salt to taste

2 cups chopped baby potatoes
drizzle olive oil
salt + pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder

4 non-GMO corn tortillas
1 red bell pepper
1 lime sliced
1 large, or 2 small, avocados

Begin by preheating the oven to 400F. Lightly coat the jalapeño pepper and red bell pepper in olive oil, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and roast for 20 minutes.

While the peppers are roasting, wash and cut your baby potatoes into small, 1 inch pieces (I quartered mine). Toss in a light drizzle of olive oil, cumin, chili powder, and salt + pepper (to taste). When the peppers are done roasting, lay the potatoes on a parchment lined cookie sheet (can be the same one) and roast at the same temperature (400F) for 20 to 25 minutes.

While the potatoes are roasting, make the salsa. Remove the stem and seeds from the jalapeño (leave some seeds if you like it spicy, we left a few). Chop the tomato and combine the rest of the listed salsa ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until combined. I used a small bowl and my immersion blender (I swear I can use that stick blender for almost everything, best investment ever).

Remove the stem and seeds from the roasted red bell pepper and slice into 1/2 inch strips. Warm the tortillas on a plate on the bottom rack of the oven a few minutes before the potatoes are ready (cover with a towel once you remove them from the oven to keep warm).

Once the potatoes are finished baking, remove them from the oven and assemble the tacos. We evenly distributed the potatoes between 4 corn tortillas, topped them each with a few strips of the roasted red bell pepper, sliced avocado, a few spoonfuls of the roasted jalapeño salsa, some fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.


  • Reply Amy | Sobremesa February 25, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Beautiful photos and beautiful food as always, my friend! You have me craving sunshine, beach days…and tacos! xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Aw thank you Amy! You’re the best. I know, I can’t help myself, and the snow won’t stop pouring!

  • Reply Lindsey February 25, 2015 at 7:35 am

    so glad you two were able to bring a little cali-ness into your denver apt! i lived out in LA for a bit, and this time of year always makes me yearn for the west coast climate and its yummy bites. these tacs sound like perfection, and that charred salasa sounds so, so good! xx

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Ah yes the coast! I’m aching for it so bad! That’s awesome you lived in LA for a bit, so you understand that southern CA draw. So so so excited to get back in the OC this May, going to soak up every minute of that sunshine and salty air. And thank you for the salsa love! We are big fans too :) hope you are having a great week Lindsey!!

  • Reply Caitlin February 25, 2015 at 8:25 am

    yes, sounds so so perfect. that’s the kind of environment i want to be in.

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens February 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I am SO ready for summer weather to kick in. These tacos… and that salsa! I think it’s time for a taco party *inserts dancer emoji*

  • Reply Anna February 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Yummy!!! Looks scrupmtious <3


  • Reply Jodi February 26, 2015 at 12:06 am

    OK – I know it’s not a surf video but I just discovered this rad girl, Captain Liz, and I think I’m in love. She’s the total coolest and has me dreaming about oceans and surfing and coconuts. I think you just dig her blog for some warm weekend reading, so thought I’d share –


    and – well, THAT SAUCE. whoop whoop! lovely as always, Jessie – xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      She is rad! Thanks for sending me that link. I totally dig her blog and am looking forward to reading it more for some summery, warm vibes. Tanks Jodi! <3

  • Reply Kathryn February 26, 2015 at 3:16 am

    You absolutely know the way to my heart – Southern California + tacos. Two of my favourite things in the whole wide world. I’m totally planning a Calinfornian weekend at home with my man asap. Especially if it involves bucket-loads of that roasted jalapeno salsa…

    • Reply Faring Well February 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Haha right on! Does it get any better? Seriously wondering how I ever left. Hope to one day be back. Until then, cheers to creating that socal + taco vibe in our homes with, yes, buck loads of this salsa (!!!)

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures February 26, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Oh yum!! These look so beautiful and simple and bright! It’s ridiculously chilly here and I think a little dose of summer is just what I need! Everyone has already said it – but oh my goodness, that salsa is perfection!
    (Also, I’m taking a trip to California in April – I’ve never been before – and though it won’t quite be summer this post has super excited to be there.)

    • Reply Faring Well February 26, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      No way – you are going to love it! Where are you going in CA? Its always summer there right now cause of the drought, so I’m sure it will feel like it! (Oh and thanks for your sweet compliments on the salsa!)

  • Reply Ami@NaiveCookCooks February 26, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    These sound so delicious with those crispy baby potatoes and jalapeno salsa!! I can imagine how much fun you guys must have had!! :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 26, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Ah right! It was so much fun! Thanks Ami :) definitely recommend remaking this summer magic!

  • Reply shelley February 26, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    The baby potatoes sitting in my fridge are now screaming to be turned into these fabulous sounding tacos… weekend meal for sure! And I love the idea of creating a little warm safe haven in your snowy apartment — I feel you up here in Toronto (so cold and snowy!)

    • Reply Faring Well February 27, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Yes they are! You should totally make a warm, beach abode in your place this weekend :) its awesome.

  • Reply Laura April 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    These tacos were delicious! I tested and reviewed the recipe at sweetgreens-blog.com!

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