This dish started its life as potato and chorizo tacos, a dish I've eaten dozens and dozens of times. In fact, it's usually a meal I reserve for when I'm slightly stressed and don't have the mental capacity to figure out what I want for dinner. In these times of indecision, I know that regardless of how I'm feeling, I can make it and it'll be good. But for some unexplained reason, halfway through my last batch I decided that it needed something extra, and before I quite realized what I was doing, I dumped in an incredible amount of spinach.
To my surprise, the result resembled aloo palak, an Indian dish of potato and spinach that I also love. It's distinguished by bits of browned chorizo, which add both spice and a depth. A sprinkling of salty, crumbly cheese and a squeeze of lime helps open it up, transforming it into a genuinely satisfying taco filling.
- 1/2 pound small red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 large white onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
- 8 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo
- 5 ounces fresh spinach, rinsed and finely chopped
- 12 corn tortillas, warmed
- 2 ounces queso fresco or feta cheese, crumbled
- Handful fresh cilantro, stems removed, leaves chopped
- 2 limes, quartered
Toss cubed potatoes in a medium-sized and microwave-safe bowl with 1 tablespoon canola oil and a pinch of salt. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and transfer to the microwave. Cook on high for 3 minutes, and then carefully shake the contents of the bowl. Place back in the microwave and cook until potatoes are tender, about 2 minutes longer. Set aside.
Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon of canola oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add chorizo and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the chorizo just starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir in potatoes and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add a handful of spinach and stir occasionally until the leaves wilt enough for you to add more. Continue process until all of the spinach has been added. Continue cooking until the spinach cooks down to something resembling a sauce, about 3 minutes. Taste and season with additional salt if needed.
Serve with warm tortillas, quest fresco, cilantro, and lime wedges.