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Friday, April 1, 2011

Taco Johns - Potato Ole Recipe

When I move away from an area, it's usually not the people I miss, it's the food. (KIDDING) (somewhat).

It's been years since I've been to a Taco Johns. They just don't have them on the East Coast. Yes, I know we have pierogies and cheesesteaks and hoagies, but my GOD, sometimes, I just want some damn nachos and potato oles from Taco Johns.

I tweeted about how much I miss those potato oles - they are little crispy crown potatoes that have this fantastic spicy yet a hint of sweet seasoning.
Someone was kind enough to send on a recipe for homemade potato ole seasoning. I tried it out today, and it is fabulous! Granted, it's been awhile since I've had them, but they satisfied my craving! Ole!

I used Ore Ida Crispy Crowns - but I suppose they'd work on tater tots too!
Cook Crispy Crowns as directed.
While cooking, mix:

Taco John's Homemade Potato Ole's! So Good!

  • 4 teaspoons Lawry's seasonings salt (I, however, used Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt that I got from Fresh Market)

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

  • After removing Crispy Crowns from the oven - sprinkle on to your liking and serve with sour cream/ranch dressing/or spicy ranch dressing. 


    1. I am the same way... I moved from Iowa to Florida and recently made a trip back to Iowa for a few days. On my "List of things to do" was eat at 5 different restaurants that are nowhere to be found in Florida... Taco Johns was one of those places and for lunch one day - I ordered a pound. That's all. I LOVE their potato oles and that seasoning!

      Top Secretes Recipes actually provied a recipe for their concoction of how to make the seasoning for these lovely oles.

      4 tsp Lawry's seasoning salt
      2 tsp paprika
      1 tsp ground cumin
      1 tsp cayenne pepper

      Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl
      Sprinkle of tator tots or crispy crowns
      Bake tots or crowns following instructions on package.

      Makes 2 1/2 tablespoons.

      I haven't tried the recipe but you bet I'm going to. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.

    2. SAME HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!