Food Hussy Recipe: Taco John's Potato Ole Seasoning

There are a few things I miss TERRIBLY about Iowa and other than my best friend + her family - they are ALL food related!!! I've been on a quest to make them at home so I don't have to have such a gorgefest when I get home. There are Maid Rites, Carlos O'Kelly's Queso, Fareway Chicken Salad, Ginormous Pork Tenderloins and Taco Johns Potato Oles!!! 

I used to eat these on practically a daily basis in college. They were on campus and my best friend & I would always go for lunch and get soft tacos and potato oles! They're basically Crispy Crowns (flat tater tots) with zingy + spicy seasoning salt. 

It's super simple and now I have a bag of it ready to go anytime I want to have my fantastic Potato Ole's at home!! Four simple ingredients: Lawry's Seasoned Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika and Cumin. The alternative plus to this is the fact that I tried Lawry's Seasoned Salt!!! I had never had it before - it's so good! I use it all the time in cooking now. :-)

So you mix the ingredients together in a ziploc - shake it up - and then you're done. That's it!!! So simple!

So I cooked up some of those yummy little Crispy Crowns...

 And then sprinkled the seasoning on - shook it a little to coat and boomio! Done! 

You can also use this on hashbrowns, tots, eggs, chicken, and more. If you want to add some zing to something - just sprinkle away! 

I had them with my yummy Copy Cat Penn Station - which if you haven't tried - you are MISSING OUT! If I was to move back to Iowa - this would be something I would miss about Ohio! I now buy the pretzel buns from the bakery department at Meijer - so delicious. 2 minutes under the broiler and the cheese is bubbly and the buns get soft. So good!!!!

So enjoy this taste of home from me and - if you're ever in Iowa - stop by Taco Johns. They also have the best churros ever!!

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CopyCat Taco John's Potato Ole's

prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins
One of my favorite places in Iowa is Taco John's - it's the Redneck Taco Bell. Their potato oles (flat tater tots) are sprinkled with this seasoning - it's my favorite!!!! It turns tots into TOTS!


  • 4 tsp Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 bag Crispy Crowns (flat tater tots)


  1. Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle on fresh baked Crispy Crowns! Store in a ziploc bag and you're done!
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  1. Honestly a little goes a long way. I personally hate this spice caked on like in the photos. I cringe whenever I see people applying spice with a spoon. Use a freakin' shaker like a normal person. Don't store it in a ziploc. Mix it, yeah, but don't store it like that. Use an empty shaker and label it if you want.

  2. Most people do not put mixed spices in a shaker. You sound high strung and like you worry too much about stupid trivial things in life. How strange to write a whole paragraph about that. You need to get out more.

    1. Thank you Anonymous for defending my honor! And Hey - Unknown - suck an egg!

  3. Being from Nebraska (Scottsbluff) I grew up on Taco Johns, Miss it so much! Thanks for the recipe! Tried it without the cayenne, substituted chili powder, so much yum!