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Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Poblanos

Crispy smashed potatoes with poblano peppers and queso fresco. These little beauties are so irresistible, they make both a fabulous side dish and appetizer!

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Ava made the comment today, “You know, we don’t eat enough potatoes.”

“Really?” I questioned. “Didn’t we have baby potatoes a couple days ago?”

“I guess so.”

“And a few days before that we had sweet potatoes.”

She piped up, “Well, sweet potatoes aren’t real potatoes.”

“Why is that?”

“They don’t come with enough toppings.” was her definitive answer.

…I didn’t have an argument for that. Apparently sweet potatoes get the shaft.

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When it comes to potatoes, we like them every possible way you can imagine… mashed, french fried, baked, chipped, boiled, frittered, hashed, stringed, scalloped, stuffed and SMASHED!

And we especially love them with toppings.

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Today’s smashed potatoes are a tasty alternative to the classic baked potato.

Simply baked new potatoes that have been covered with oil, until they are crispy on the outside, but tender on the inside.

Once baked, smash the potatoes flat creating a platform. Then top each potato, and put them back in the oven so the bottom and edges get really crispy.

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Smashed potatoes are easy to pick up with your fingers as a party snack, but also make a wonderful side dish for your favorite meat-n-taters lover.

Personally, I love topping them with a little heat and cheese.

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Here I made a simple sauté of smoky poblano peppers, garlic and onions to complement the potatoes. I spooned the sautéed veggies over the crispy smashed potatoes, then sprinkled them with salty queso fresco.

The queso fresco melts a little and turns toasty brown in the oven, while the edges of the smashed potatoes are crisping up, creating a dish that is truly spectacular.

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Ava was right. We do not eat enough potatoes.

Hopefully putting away a few of these bad boys will help even the score.

Smashed Potatoes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Crispy smashed potatoes with poblano peppers and queso fresco.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. new potatoes (baby red and white potatoes)
  • 2 Tb. olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup queso fresco, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the potatoes on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 1 Tb. olive oil. Shake the pan to coat the potatoes in oil, the salt and pepper liberally. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, until the skins are crispy, but the flesh in tender.
  2. Meanwhile, add the remaining olive oil to a skillet. Heat to medium, and add the onions and poblano peppers. Saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Saute another  3-4 minutes, until the peppers are soft.
  3. Once the potatoes are tender, remove them from the oven and use a flat metal spatula to press them flat, about 1/3-1/2 inch thick. Spread them out on the baking sheet and spoon the pepper mixture over the top of each smashed potato. Then sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco.
  4. Place the pan back in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until the cheese starts to toast. Serve warm.

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21 Responses to “Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Poblanos”

  1. Michelleposted August 20, 2014 at 6:12 am

    My husband could make a meal of these. He’ll probably make these on the grill all year long.


  2. Tieghanposted August 20, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I love smashed potatoes and this Mexican twist on them sounds so good!


  3. Jessica | Saucy Pearposted August 20, 2014 at 7:33 am

    These look like delicious tailgating food (which, let’s get real, is sometimes an oxymoron)! We love anything Mexican-inspired around here, but the German part of me loves the potato :)


  4. lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted August 20, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I will never say no to a tater! Love the addition of the peppers!


  5. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasyposted August 20, 2014 at 8:01 am

    These make me soooo hungry! They are definitely being made soon!


  6. A Young Wifeposted August 20, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I agree with Ava. There is really never enough potatoes! These look delicious. I could eat these for dinner!


  7. Naomiposted August 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

    These are so good! Bookmarked.


  8. Marla Meridithposted August 20, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Love these poblano smashed potatoes!


  9. Heather Christoposted August 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

    They look deliciously mouth popping good! YUM!


  10. Jenny @ The Peachy Pairposted August 20, 2014 at 9:25 am

    This has my husbands name written all over it!


  11. Mariaposted August 20, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Can’t wait to make these!


  12. Gabyposted August 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Totally in love with these! Can’t wait to try them!


  13. Katrina Vegaposted August 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Holy cow! These look so amazing and I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for sharing! Pinning :)


  14. Amy | Club Narwhalposted August 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    You have one smart girl on your hands :) Potatoes without toppings are nothing at all! These guys have it all and then some going on. And now I know what to do with my sad bag of potatoes!


  15. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    These look killer, love smashed potatoes!


  16. Meredithposted August 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    So incredibly delicious!


  17. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted August 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    My family would go nuts for these!


  18. Alyssaposted August 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Ooooh! My husband makes this on a pizza! (with chorizo and topped with avocado) It’s such a delicious combo! I love the idea of making it bite size and ditching the crust though. Thanks for the inspiration!


  19. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted August 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Incredibly YUM! Seldom see fresh poblanos up here. Isn’t that sad?


  20. Heidi Nummeposted August 31, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Brilliant! I tend to be traditional when it comes to potatoes. Gets boring. I love this idea…not any harder than other potato dishes. Oh man…I bet I can even impress my mother making these. Thanks!


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