When you're looking for an easy ingredient to add to your weeknight meals, look no further than the oh-so-humble potato. Originally from Peru (yes, that's right!), this easy ingredient makes SO many dishes shine. Whether you're trying out some crispy potato tacos or going for chorizo and potato empanadas, these 10 recipes are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Cuban potato balls (papas rellenas) are the fun appetizer you have to try. 1

It looks complicated, but this meat-stuffed potato ball is actually much easier to make that it seems! Try it for your next holiday party.

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This shrimp and corn chowder is a summer-ready dish any time of year. 2

This shrimp and corn chowder is a summer-ready dish any time of year.

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Whether it's summer or you're simply wishing to bring the warm weather back, this chowder is sure to have everyone pretty pleased with dinner.

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Crispy potato tacos are the best way to celebrate Taco Tuesday. 3

Crispy potato tacos are the best way to celebrate Taco Tuesday.

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You'll never guess how easy it is to make these deliciious crispy potato tacos. And your family will certainly be begging for seconds!

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A tater taco casserole is the make-ahead dish you'll want for dinner tonight. 4

Dinner can come together in minutes when you prep it earlier in the week with this scrumptious make-ahead taco-inspired casserole recipe. Yum!

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Carne asada fries are a snack-turned-dinner you can't resist. 5

Carne asada fries are a snack-turned-dinner you can't resist.

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These loaded French fries may first seem like they're just a simple snack, but they're actually a crazy dinner waiting to be discovered!

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Ecuadorian potato soup will keep you warm from the inside out. 6

Ecuadorian potato soup will keep you warm from the inside out.

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This warming soup is surely going to be a crowd pleaser when you serve it for lunch or dinner. It makes a great starter or side to any meal.

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The perfect side dish can be had with this Brazilian potato salad. 7

The perfect side dish can be had with this Brazilian potato salad.

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Whether you're heading to a party or a picnic, this potato salad is the dish to bring. It'll wow even the biggest non-believers and pickiest of eaters.

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Chorizo & potato empanadas are a delicious dish for all holiday parties. 8

Chorizo & potato empanadas are a delicious dish for all holiday parties.

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Everyone knows that empanadas make a great snack, but what about having some delicious ones to serve at your next family gathering? Yes, please!

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Chorizo, potato and queso burrito is a lunch you'll love to take to work. 9

Chorizo, potato and queso burrito is a lunch you'll love to take to work.

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If you want to have a better-than-Chipotle burrito, then you know that you need to make it yourself. Spend Sunday night making these bad boys and you won't be sorry.

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Mashed potato enchiladas are a great way to use up last night's leftovers. 10

Mashed potato enchiladas are a great way to use up last night's leftovers.

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There's no need to spend well over an hour preparing dinner when you can easily pull it all together with some leftovers from the night before. 

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