I love regular potato salad, don’t get me wrong. I also love mixing it up! I’ll pretty much eat potatoes any which way, but every once in a while it’s fun to enjoy them with some flavors you might not normally. Exhibit A: Southwest Potato Salad.
This potato salad is quick and easy to make. The only thing you have to cook is the potatoes. If you call boiling potatoes cooking, anyway. By the time they’re done boiling, you’ll have all of your other ingredients diced and sliced and ready to combine.
If you use this mayo, basically all the spices are going to be in your southwest potato salad. You’ll just need to add 1/2 tablespoon chili powder. Otherwise, you can make your own mayo or use your favorite brand.
One trick to making a good potato salad is to not over boil the potatoes. You want them tender, but still firm. This should take about 15 minutes. If you cook them until they’re too soft, when you’re mixing all of the ingredients together you’ll end up with a southwest potato salad mash. Which, to be honest, doesn’t sound like the worst problem to have. Just not the look we’re going for here, ya know?!
To avoid over mixing and mashing the potatoes, I like to mix the lime juice, spices and mayo together in a separate bowl before adding into the bowl with the potatoes and veggies.
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- 3 pounds of red potatoes, quartered
- 1/2 red pepper, diced
- 1/2 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 red onion, quartered and sliced thinly
- 4 green onions, diced
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 3/4 cups mayo
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 5 teaspoons adobo seasoning, OR:
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Optional: 1 small can of diced chilis or 1 diced jalapeño
- Boil potatoes in a large stock pot 15 minutes, or until tender but still firm
- Drain water and let cool
- In a large bowl, combine potatoes, bacon, veggies and cilantro
- In a small bowl, combine mayo, lime juice, and all seasonings
- Stir to combine
- Add mayo mixture to the other ingredients
- Stir gently to avoid mashing the potatoes to combine
- Refrigerate at least a half hour prior to serving
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