Lime and Cornmeal Crusted Potato Tacos

Lime and Cornmeal Crusted Potato Tacos

Do you like crispy? These potatoes have a super crispy texture thanks to a cornmeal crust coating over them. I used to love cornmeal crusted tilapia back in the day, so I decided to try that on potatoes and the flavor was so good, as well as give a really hefty crunch. Even better? Stuff them in tacos!

Vegan Mexican Inspired Potato Tacos

I have eaten these delicious Mexican potatoes on their own on a plate with just lots of avocado and my 5 Minute Mexican Tahini Sauce or also in tacos. They are delicious any way you want to eat them. I used to make potatoes like these all the time for my hubby for breakfast (minus the taco shells) as a healthy breakfast. I decided to change up my way and add the cornmeal and lime and it turned out fantastic.

Of course, there has to be some peppers too.

I used a combo of these gorgeous peppers for color, but feel free to use any combo you like. Red looks best because of the color and presentation, but any will work.

These cornmeal potatoes come together in just 8 easy ingredients (+ salt & water) and is such a simple meal. Food doesn't have to be complicated guys. In fact, I'm all about REAL food and real recipes that people actually will make.

My husband really loved these potatoes in the corn tortillas. He said "mmmmmmm" a lot.

Oh yeah.

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Yields Serves 6 tacos or 4 bowls

Lime and Cornmeal Crusted Potato Tacos

Potatoes just got more interesting with this lime and cornmeal coating. It gives them extra crisp and flavor. They are accented with Mexican flavored veggies and are good on their own or in a taco or burrito! The fact that they are super healthy and oil-free is a great bonus!

20 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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    For the potatoes
  • 4 heaping cups (627g) chopped and peeled red potatoes in 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) water (add more as needed to make the cornmeal stick)
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal, NOT corn flour (40 g, I use Bob's Red Mill )
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • For the veggies
  • 2 cups (210g) chopped bell peppers (use any kind or combo you like)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Optional garnish
  • I added chopped avocado, extra chili powder and my 5 Minute Mexican Tahini Sauce )


  1. Peel and chop your potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon lime juice and 2 tablespoons water to a large bowl and toss the potatoes in it to coat well. Preheat your oven at this time to 415 degrees and line a large sheetpan with parchment paper, do not use foil or the potatoes will stick!
  3. In a separate small bowl or cup, combine the cornmeal, chili powder and salt. (listed under the "potatoes") Toss that over the potatoes and stir to coat the potatoes well. If needed, add a tiny bit more water to make the cornmeal stick to the potatoes. Drain over a strainer any excess liquid and shake it off, you don't want the potatoes too wet before going into the oven. Spread them out evenly on the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the veggie mixture. Add all the ingredients listed under "veggies" to a large pan and stir well. Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes with the lid on. They should be tender and the water evaporated after 8 minutes. Check on them a couple of times while they are cooking. If more water is needed, add just a tiny bit more. You don't want any remaining water though after they are done cooking.
  5. Remove your potatoes from the oven and immediately scrape them from the paper using a thin metal spatula. These tend to stick a bit, so you will need to use a spatula to remove them rather quickly to a plate. A thin spatula makes this easy.
  6. Serve in a bowl or in tacos or whatever you like. I eat them both as just breakfast potatoes and in tacos as a lunch/dinner. I topped them with chopped avocado and my 5 Minute Mexican Tahini Sauce This sauce gives extra flavor and tang and is SO GOOD and it just takes 5 minutes, so it's highly recommended.
  7. These potatoes need to be eaten immediately while they are crispy, as they will start to soften sitting at room temperature. For leftovers and to make them crispy again, simply add them back to the oven at 300 degrees for just a few minutes.


*Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free, soy-free

*Nutrition per serving (based on 4) for just the potatoes, does not include avocado: 181.5 calories, 1.175 g fat, 39.9 carbs, 4.94 g protein, 5.16 sugars


  1. I don't often think of lime and potatoes together, but from your photos, I am more than happy to try :D Delicious! Cheers Choc Chip Uru
      Aww thanks Uru! Glad the photos enticed you!
  2. Love those potatoes and stuffed into a taco, yes please. I love lime and combining with the cornmeal for a crust on the potato is delicious. I think lime makes everything delicious.
      I agree...LOVE's just so different than lemon juice and with Mexican spices, it's a must in my book! Thanks Suzanne!
  3. One of my absolute favorite meals in my pre-gan days tacos. Couldn't get enough of them! This reminds me of those so I'm thrilled to see this recipe, girl!
  4. Potatoes and lime are AMAZING together, as are potatoes in tacos! OR on pizza. I just love potatoes..period!! I would gobble up so many of these, your husband is lucky I wasn't over for dinner. ;)
      Me too! I think you know I'm a potato fiend by now!!
  5. You say "TACOS" and I say "YEAH!"..."TACOS" "YEAH" "TACOS" "YEAH"!!!!
      Yeahhhhhh!!! lol!
  6. Another recipe I can't wait to to try from your blog, Brandi! These tacos look absolutely wonderful and so hearty! I love colourful recipe like this. I've been meaning to try your tahini sauce for awhile as well! Both are getting added to the dinner list for next week! :)
      Thank you so much Ceara! I hope you love them both! I'm still wanting to try your chocolate almond cookies, I'm just needing to find some extra time!
  7. I made these gems last night. Somehow, you were able to elevate the life of a taco to an entirely new level. Oh my stars! These ROCKed! First couple bites, Mr. Right says.............looks like we have a new player in our regular line up! Thanks for sharing your amazing twist on food. btw, that sauce is amazing!!! sincere thanks!
      Thank you so much for sharing your amazing feedback on both here and Facebook Daleen! I really appreciate it and I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much :)
  8. Holy freaking moly, this looks AMAZING!! *mouth watering* Anyhoo, I found your blog through a fellow blogger and thought I would stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same... or better yet, keep in touch!! <3 -
      Hi Gingi! I'm so glad you stopped by, I just checked out your blog and subscribed as well! Thank you so much, I hope you give this a try!
  9. Oh, goodness! We're totally making these for taco night this upcoming Tuesday...these look amazing!!!! And the Mexican tahini sauce is a must :)
      Thank you so much are a fellow taco lover just like I am!! xx
  10. Brandi, these potatoes look delicious! Lime and cornmeal crusted = genius. I love the idea of serving them as tacos, too. Definitely on a bit of a taco kick lately!
      Thank you so much Ashley! It really is a combo that suprised me how delicious it was! I couldn't get enough and it adds another dimesion of flavor inside the taco. I'm always on a taco kick, haha!
  11. Beautiful! Love how there is no oil in this recipe - I too make my baked wedges without any oil - just steam em and then pop them in the oven. Will definitely try out the cornmeal next time - though I'm not sure if we have that here in Australia, all I can find is polenta and i'm not sure if that is too fine in texture!
      Thank you so much Amrita! Really? Cornmeal seems to be such a common ingredient! Polenta I believe is fairly coarse, so I think it would probably work fine, as long as it isn't corn FLOUR, it should be good. You would be able to tell by looking at it :)
  12. You and your potatoes!:D Well, cannae get enough tatties, as my sister would say. I need to try using cornmeal - literally never used it for anything and I've come across so many amazing-looking recipesD:
      Haha, you know I love my potatoes!! They are so darn versatile and so delicious, so I just can't help myself! It is probably my favorite food! Oh and yes, cornmeal is amazing!
  13. I am definitely going to try these! Roasted potatoes are my favorite, but they're usually not as crispy as I would like. I would have made them today, but I discovered that cornmeal in my cupboard is three years old! So I'm putting it on my grocery list.
      Oh no, get some fresh cornmeal and try this and let me know! Thank you so much!!
  14. I love how unique this recipe is! I'm a huge roasted potato fan, but I love that you've added lime and made them crispy! They sound so good! I also love that you put them in corn tortillas. Genius.
      Thank you so much Melanie! They turned out so good and quite addicting!
      Thank you so much Melanie!! You are so sweet! They really are SO delicious from the lime and flavorful and taste amazing inside a taco! Yum.
  15. Mmmmmm. What a great alternative to deep fried potato tacos! My friend and I love our potato street tacos, but I haven't touched one since I started eating an unprocessed diet. What a GREAT solution. YUM. Can't wait to make this! Thanks :)
      Thank you so much Michaell! I'm so glad you like it...let me know if you try it! :)
  16. These babies look sooo inviting! Great recipe, dear! Kisses from sunny Greece!
      Thank you so much Lenia!! I appreciate that!
  17. These look fabulous - I will have to try them for our next taco night! I've bookmarked the recipe. Cheers!
      Thank you so much Cindy!!
  18. Damn. My mouth just watered. This looks so good that I'm going to pick up limes and avocadoes from the store after work and am making this for dinner!
      Awesome Ashlee! Please let me know how it turns out!! xx
  19. Hell to the yes. These potatoes look amazing! I love crispy potatoes. I bet they taste great with crispy taco shells. :)
  20. Both my and my wife are overweight and after A LOT of reading and deep searching...we decided to eat a plant base diet, not only that but also whole foods and oil free. Your recipes are a GREAT help and specifically this one I am cooking today since is our day #1. We do not want to make it a temporary thing but a lifestyle, we also singed up in our local gym...thanks again for all this recipes and we are going to eat out of them for a while... THANKS
      I'm so happy to hear this Jaime! Thank you so much for such wonderful feedback, I'm so happy my recipes are helping so much!!
  21. These are amazing! At first, I thought "lime and potatoes... Hmmm...." Then I remembered that I'm Mexican and I live in California, we put lime on everything! Plus, The Vegan 8 is our favorite vegan blog. We like to joke that Brandi is my vegan recipe true love. These potatoes are just the right amount of crunch on the outside and soft on the inside. The flavor is fantastic, and you cannot go wrong with the 5 Minute Mexican Tahini Sauce! If you are on the fence about this recipe, I suggest jumping in with both feet!! Thank you Brandi for this awesome, easy and inexpensive recipe that our family can't get enough of!
      Aww thank you Michelle, and sorry I am just seeing this comment...sometimes so many come in and I miss a couple, but thank you so much! So glad you loved the recipe so much and thank you for your support!
  22. This recipe is FANTASTIC!!! We followed the ingredient list and instructions exactly and everything turned out perfectly! So flavorful and crisp. We're making this again next week for Taco Tuesday :) Oh! And that Mexican Tahini sauce....I'm addicted. We make it at least once a week!
      Yay Mandy! I'm so happy you loved these so much!! Thank you so much for the feedback and I'm happy the Mexican Tahini sauce is such a hit as well, it's definitely one of my favorite sauces ever, especially with how easy it is!
  23. Brandi, I just made these last night and I'm in love! Not just because they are really good, but because my picky husband ate them, loved them, went back for more and then asked if we can have leftovers tonight for dinner. I don' think you can get a more rave review than a guy who asks "where's the meat?" and plotting how he'll get chicken on his tacos deciding that this recipe is so good that he wouldn't change a thing. I would highly recommend this recipe for anyone asking themselves if they really can go vegan. It may have been my oven, but 415 degrees for 25-30 minutes steamed my potatoes, but they did not get crispy for me. I will probably up it to 450 next time I make it. Even though they were more steamy, they were still delicious! It hardly mattered...more preference. Also, the Tahini sauce is absolutely amazing and truly made the taco "pop." I will never be without this Tahini sauce again. 5 stars across the board! Thanks for a winning recipe that we will be making for years to come!
  24. These look fantastic! Unfortunately I am highly allergic to corn! Any ideas for a substitute? Help me please!
      Hi Nancy! I would try brown rice flour instead, it is kind of gritty and may help the crisp factor. I haven't tried it personally, but I think it should work. Let me know!
  25. Ida
    Just stopping by to say YUM!!!! Had just about every ingredient when Brandi posted this on FB today and I HAD to have this! I am sssooooo glad that I doubled the sauce recipe! I will be dipping lots of food this week... Thank you for sharing great food recipes that my family truly enjoys.
      I'm so glad you loved these Ida, thank you so very much for the feedback!!
  26. Hi Brandi, I'm new to the oil-free vegan lifestyle, but I just found your blog and am feeling like I can do this! :) One question about these tacos though- would yukon gold potatoes work ok instead of red? Would they crisp differently or is it just a flavor preference? Thanks so much!
      Hi Heidi! Yes, yukon should work well!
  27. We have a taco/tortilla thing going on this summer and this amazing recipe will fit right in. Fabulous idea using cornmeal and lime!!

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