Potato Churritos

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Idaho Potato Commission. I am proud to continue my partnership with the papa giant after all these years. All opinions and recipe is 100% my own. Enjoy the potato churritos!

Having a party? Serve potato churritos... these crunchy savory churros with bites of melty cheese, poblano chile, and idaho potato make the perfect Mexican finger food.

Idaho® Potato Churritos: Is the savory party churro we all have been waiting for. These crunchy potato churritos with bites of cheese and spicy poblano chile are the ultimate Mexican finger food. Delight your guest with this fun potato street-food style snack and make them for every festive occasion. Serve with your favorite salsa and a sprinkle of cotija cheese for a sensational spud winner!

I’m embarrassed to admit how many of these potato churritos we ate. I made a batch, ate some. Had to fry more for the photographs, ate those. Then my mom came over and wanted them too. They are just too darn good, especially when using my beloved Idaho Potatoes! They taste like a cross between a crunchy spicy cheesy french fry and mashed potatoes. Delicious. Viva Papas!

Idaho Potato churritos in a cup with salsa and cotija cheese.

Ingredients for Idaho® Potato Churritos:

  • 3 large Idaho® potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes (4 ½ cups)
  • 1 ½  teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup poblano chile (2 chiles), charred, steamed, and peeled. Then cut into small pieces.
  • 1 cup Chihuahua or Oaxaca cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cotija, crumbled fine
  • (optional) favorite salsa

Tools you’ll need:

  • Disposable decorating bag
  • Decorating tip #2A
  • Deep frying thermometer
Potato Churritos made with Idaho Potatoes, Oaxaca cheese, and poblano chile make the ultimate savory party churro.


  1. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1 inch cubes , should be about 4 1/2 cups uncooked.
  2. In a pot filled halfway to the top with water over a medium high flame, bring water to a boil. Add in cubed potatoes and boil for 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. While potatoes are boiling, take a 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil and with your hands coat both poblano chiles with oil. Place chiles over an open flame on stove and char on each side until all skin on chile is burned. Then place chiles in a ziplock bag and seal. Allow chiles to steam in bag for 30 minutes. Remove chiles from bag and under a slow stream of water from the faucet peel the charred skin off of the chile. Cut stem off of chile and deseed. Cut chile into very small pieces. 1/8 inch bits.
  4. Drain potatoes, and place in large mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher.
  5. Mix seasoning salt, garlic powder, and black pepper into the mashed potatoes.
  6. Add in chopped poblano chile, grated cheese, and egg. Mix to combine completely.
  7. In a separate bowl whisk flour and baking powder together.
  8. Pour flour mixture into potato mixture and mix until the two mixtures combine. Allow mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour vegetable oil into a small pot or sauce pan and attach a deep frying thermometer to the side of the pot. Place over a medium high flame and allow oil to reach 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Drop decorating tip into disposable decorating bag with the narrow end of the tip down and trim bag to fit tip.
  11. Spoon mixture into decorating bag and tighten top of bag by twisting.
  12. Once oil is hot, pipe 4 inches of churrito mixture into hot oil working in batches of 4 to 5 churritos at a time.
  13. Fry on each side 1 minute or until golden brown.
  14. Remove with slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain.
  15. Sprinkle the top of potato churritos with cotija cheese.
  16. (Optional) place a tablespoon of your favorite salsa in a cup then dip your potato churritos in salsa.
  17. Enjoy the deliciousness of Idaho® Potato Churritos!
Idaho potato Churritos in a cup with salsa and cotija cheese!

Check out my other potato recipes on the Idaho Potato Commission Website!

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