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!!!
(Update: here’s an AWESOME Skinny Tater Tot Casserole using this seasoning too! And you can use it on these Copycat Tacky Jacks Nachos!)
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.
How to Make Potato Ole Seasoning
It’s super simple and now I have a jar 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.
So I cooked up some of those yummy little Crispy Crowns…because that’s what they have to be eaten on – it’s authentic Taco Johns! 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.
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!!
CopyCat Taco John’s Potato Ole’s
- 4 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
- 2 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 bag Crispy Crowns (flat tater tots)
- Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle on fresh baked Crispy Crowns! Store in a ziploc bag and you’re done!
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