Silver Dollar Potato Patties w/ Tomato-Chipotle Salsa #SundaySupper

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I'm still not sure what all I'll be making this year.  My menu changes from year to year.  Well, mostly just the side dishes, because there are a few recurring dishes that make an appearance at our Thanksgiving table each year; roast chicken instead of turkey (because turkeys are hard to come by in Small Town, Mexico), pumpkin pie, Cajeta Pecan Pie, and of course, mashed potatoes.  Lots and lots of fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes.  Hubby, the kiddies, and I all love mashed potatoes, so I always make sure to make extra, because the leftovers can be used to create some of my family's favorite dishes like Potato Enchiladas and Tacos Dorados de Papa (fried potato tacos).

But when I was a little girl, the one thing I looked forward to most was the day after Thanksgiving breakfast, because my grandpa always made Tortitas de Papa (potato patties) with the leftover mashed potatoes.  Little golden fried, cheesy potato patties topped with a tomato salsa.  I remember sneaking a couple of Tortitas de Papa while Pappy was cooking because I could never wait until he was finished frying all of the potato patties.  Then I'd sneak a few more after breakfast, because they were just too good to resist.

What's on the menu in your Cocina for Thanksgiving?  And what do you do with the leftovers?

Silver Dollar Potato Patties w/ Tomato-Chipotle Salsa
(Tortitas de Papa) 


  • 3 large roma tomatoes
  • 1 to 2 canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 2 to 3 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup of your favorite cheese, shredded (I used manchego) 
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt


In a small saucepan, bring the tomatoes to a boil with 2 cups of water.  Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.  Puree the tomatoes with 1 to 2 chipotle chilies in a blender until smooth; season with salt and set aside.

Combine the cold, leftover mashed potatoes with the shredded cheese, stirring to combine well.

Scoop 1/8 cup of mashed potatoes and shape into balls; flatten slightly.  Once all of the patties have been formed, refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until very firm.

Break the egg in to a small bowl and beat slightly to break the yolk.  Combine the flour and seasoning salt in a separate bowl.  Dip each potato patty in the egg, making sure both sides are completely covered.

Transfer the potato patties to the flour, turning to make sure both sides are evenly coated.  Gently dust off the excess flour.

Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Fry the potato patties until golden brown on both sides.  The potato patties can be enjoyed plain or topped with leftover cranberry sauce for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

But my favorite way to eat Tortitas de Papa is topped with the tomato-chipotle salsa.  It makes for a delicious breakfast served with a slice of ham and a fried egg.


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  1. My mom always made potato cakes for breakfast whenever we had leftover mashed potatoes. Mine are never as good as hers. Great idea to serve them with tomato chipotle salsa. Yum!

  2. Nice one Leslie! My best friend is coming in town tonight for a visit and I may have to make this for her as she loves potato pancakes. Great recipe!

  3. I always struggle with leftover potatoes - great recipe. And I love the salsa on top!

  4. Mmmmmm, I'm drooling over that salsa on top of those pancakes!

  5. I just want to lick the sauce on top of these!!

  6. That salsa sounds incredible! I love potato pancakes but have never put salsa on them before.

  7. A new recipe for me! I love it! Spicy comfort food!

  8. Oh I love it! I think Iwill make this for breakfast and add a nice over easy egg on top!

  9. Love this idea! It's a great ethnic twist and I love ethnic foods!

  10. Aside from my youngest, our whole house is a house of mashed potato-lovers, too. I have to make a ton just to keep everybody happy. And I have to make these the morning after this year...I know they'd go over well. Yum.

  11. Sounds like the perfect breakfast. And lovely childhood memory!

  12. I LOVE this! ANything with mashies is A.1

  13. These look so gorgeous and tasty! Great idea for leftover potatoes.

  14. I love potato pancakes. These look great. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Oh this looks so fantastic. I can't wait until Christmas because we are going back to the US to see my family and I already plan on bringing home several cans of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. I miss it so much.

  16. Victoria of Flavors of the SunNovember 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM easy, so doable. I have a good chipotle salsa in the fridge right now. All I need is the potatoes, and that is simple enough. Great recipe.

  17. I have made potato patties many times, but I love the addition of the salsa topping.

  18. These look delicious Leslie! I love manchego and the added salsa - must be divine!

  19. Oooh yum! my husband was just asking if I could make these with the leftover potatoes--I think this will be a great addition to the brunch table this weekend!

  20. I am mashed potatoes fans and of course I will love this potatoes patties too....Great idea for leftovers! Thanks for sharing with us this recipe.