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Tortitas de Papa con Camaron Seco(Potato Cakes with Shrimp)

These tortitas de papa(potato cakes) were one of the traditional recipes that my family enjoyed during lent. They are typically served with nopales, lentils or as a side dish.
Course Meatless, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 Tortitas



  • 1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes peeled, rinsed and sliced into chunks
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup cracker crumbs or breadcrumbs
  • 4 full tablespoons dried shrimp powder
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying



  • Add the potatoes to a sauce pan. Cover with water, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking until potatoes are fork tender. Remove from heat.
  • After a few minutes, drain the potatoes. Mash the potaoes, seasoning with just pepper to taste. Let them cool.
  • After potatoes have cooled, mix in the cracker meal and dried shrimp powder. The shrimp powder will add salt to the mix, so now you can taste it for salt. If you like more shrimp flavor, you could add more powder.
  • Mix in the eggs until and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Pour a little oil in a bowl. Rub some on your hands and form your potato cakes. Place the cakes onto a plate lined with wax paper. Chill for at least 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes.
  • In a large skillet preheat enough oil at medium heat so it covers the bottom and comes up about 1/3 of an inch.
  • When ready, carefully transfer 4 of the potato cakes into hot oil. Do no overcrowd the pan. After 2-4 minutes, flip the potato cakes over. They are delicate and can break easily. Take your time to flip. Cook for another 2-4 minutes then transfer to a plate line with paper towels. Serve right away. Garnish with salsa or nopalitos!


Another traditional method to prepare tortitas using the dried shrimp powder is using eggs. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then on low mix in the egg yolks. Add a generous  amount of dried shrimp powder. Scoop large spoonfuls into preheated oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve in a warm dried chile based salsa with nopales.