Tortilla de Patata (Spanish Tortilla)


This is a fine Spanish potluck dish that can be served hot or cold, is inexpensive, delicious, and easy to pack. Hope there will be leftovers to take home, but don't count on it.

12 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced into rings

  • 1 fresh poblano chile pepper, sliced into rings

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings

  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced

  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Place potatoes in a large bowl, cover with cold water, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so. Drain, pat dry, and season with salt.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute bell pepper, poblano pepper, and onion in butter until soft. Remove from pan, and set aside. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and bacon fat in pan, and fry the potatoes until crisp and medium brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.

  3. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C).

  4. Arrange the potatoes in a lightly-buttered, non-stick pan, preferably a deep, slope-sided skillet. Arrange the onions and peppers over the potatoes, and then spread cheese over the top. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs with water, parsley, and salt and pepper; pour the mixture over the potatoes. Put the skillet in a larger pan with a half inch of water in it.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until eggs set, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the tortilla, let cool, and loosen edges from the pan. Put a serving plate over the skillet, and flip the tortilla over onto the plate. Cut into small pie-shape wedges. Refrigerate until ready to serve; reheat if desired.


The tortilla can be cooked on the stovetop in a skillet, and flipped to cook both sides.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
11g Fat
21g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 45mg 226%
Calcium 139mg 11%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 576mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.