Texas Style Mustard Potato Salad

Did you know that Texans love mustard?

I realize I’m not speaking for every Texan, but as someone who did not grow up in the Lone Star state it sure seems to me that it’s a favorite condiment.

When you order a hamburger, it comes with mustard as a standard condiment — no ketchup, just mustard.  

Mustard is also a main ingredient in the “real” Texas potato salad that you find at barbecue joints.  Of course, this is the kind of potato salad that my husband likes best.  And, because I have never met a potato salad I didn’t like, I like it too.  However, I didn’t know how to make it since I grew up eating totally different kinds of potato salads! 

I stumbled around with a basic recipe that my mother-in-law verbally told me a long time ago.  Through trial and error I came up with the version I’m sharing today.  It’s loosely based on one that we eat at one of our favorite barbecue restaurants – and, as with most recipes, it can be tweaked to suit your own tastes.

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Texas Style Mustard Potato Salad
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  1. 6 medium sized potatoes boiled and chopped in to 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  3. 1 small yellow onion {or 1/2 large onion}, diced
  4. 1/2 cup hamburger pickles (diced)
  5. 2 T. pickle juice from the jar
  6. 1/3 to 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  7. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Boil the diced potatoes and let them cool to room temperature.
  2. Mash them slightly so there are still some chunks of potato.
  3. Add all ingredients in to a large bowl and stir together.
  1. You can add more mustard, mayo and pickle juice to taste. Feel free to play with it to get it just the way you like it!
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I’ll be honest, my husband actually likes it with a little more mustard than what’s in the recipe.  He usually adds a few squirts to his plate, but this is plenty tangy for my taste.  If you’re unsure if you’re ready to add as much mustard or the pickle juice as the recipe calls for, just start small and then add as you taste it to see what you like!

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10 Responses to Texas Style Mustard Potato Salad

  1. Patti says:

    I’m a Texan now living in Alabama. My mother used Miracle Whip instead of mayo and also added a small jar of pimento. So Good!

    • Julie Julie says:

      I’ll bet the addition of pimento is tasty and the Miracle Whip adds a bit of zing! It’s so interesting to hear what type of potato salad speaks “home” to people. We all seem to have our own personal recipes!

  2. Teddee Grace says:

    I grew up in the Midwest and we also made our potato salad with Miracle Whip and sweet pickle relish. Yellow mustard was always an ingredient as well. It wasn’t until I “got out in the world” that I discovered mayo and now I make my potato salad with mayo and dill pickle just like this. However, the other day I tried substituting cauliflower for the potatoes, cut up small and just boiled to the slightly crisp stage, and it was amazingly good.

    • Julie Julie says:

      Cauliflower would be a great substitution for the potatoes, I’ll bet that did taste wonderful!

      My mother also added mustard to her “Midwestern” potato salad (I grew up in Minnesota) but not as much as this recipe or what I find here in North Texas. Her recipe also included sweet pickle relish and I still love her potato salad! Like you, when I “got out in the world” I discovered all different types of potato salads and recipes but this is the one I make most regularly because it’s my husband’s favorite. I like them all and I think I might try adding cauliflower as you suggested for a less starchy version!

  3. Debi says:

    this is the exact way I make it, and I was born here in Texas. Except that I don’t measure anything!

    • Julie Julie says:

      Well, I guess I landed on the right recipe since a true Texan makes it this way! haha! I usually don’t measure anything either but decided to write it down for the blog and so I can pass it on to my kids. My mother-in-law (a native Texan) is the one who gave me the general idea of the recipe (also not written down) and I just tweaked it until my husband and I both liked it.
      Have a wonderful day, Debi!

  4. Hi Julie. In my Texas family we make it with mostly mayo and a little bit of mustard mostly for color. We also use dill pickle relish and pimentos. 🙂

    I’m like you and have never met a potato salad I didn’t like!

  5. Daniel says:

    Made this potato salad last night. It’s probably the best I’ve ever had! No more of that store bought stuff for me 🙂

  6. Lucy Moore says:

    Exactly how I make mine – NOT a fan of mayo. I am an OKIE through and through.

  7. Mindy says:

    A native Texan, and though I haven’t used this recipe, it sounds almost like mine. Though only extras I add are diced pimento and diced green bell pepper, just a little extra flavor and color.
    Gets compliments too!

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