Spicy Tex-Mex Latkes For Hanukkah

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Dec. 26, 2016

Crunchy, spicy Tex-Mex potato latkes with serrano chiles and cotija cheese. Even if you don't celebrate Hanukkah, latkes are a delicious, easy and cheap meal! I love latkes for breakfast or brunch any day.


Potatoes 2 Pound ((starchy Russets are my preference))
Eggs 2
Finely chopped onion 3/4 Cup (12 tbs) ((1 small yellow onion))
Cotija cheese 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , grated ((crumbled or grated))
Jalapeno/Serrano 2 , minced
Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm) , minced
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper 1/4 Teaspoon
Oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) ((For deep frying,grapeseed, canola, corn, light olive oil))
Garnishes 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) ((For serving



1.Grate most of the potatoes on the large holes of a grater. Grate about cup of potato on the fine side.

2.Put all the potatoes on a clean towel and squeeze over a bowl to get the liquid out. Set the bowl aside to settle.

3.Mix potatoes with the egg, onion, cheese, pepper, garlic, salt, pepper.

4.Drain the brown water from the small bowl, keeping the white potato starch behind. Scrape the starch into the potato mix and stir.

5.Heat 1/3 cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until a strip of potato sizzles. You should have at least 1/8 inch of oil in the pan.

6.Scoop the potato mixture by large spoonfuls onto the skillet (about c each) and spread out to make a 3 patty.

7.Fry for 2-3 minutes until very brown.

8.Flip carefully and cook an additional 3 minutes.

9.Add more oil to the skillet as necessary and fry the rest of the latkes.


10.Serve with sour cream, applesauce, jelly and a little cilantro

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 155Calories from Fat 43

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 180 mg7.5%

Total Carbohydrates 25 g8.3%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet