Spanish Appetizer Recipes

From Spanish omelets to tortillas, find easy and delicious Spanish tapas recipes. These appetizers are great as a starter or serve several dishes to make a full meal!

Staff Picks

Chef John's Patatas Bravas

Rating: 4.61 stars
53
These fried potatoes are fiercely textured, fiercely flavored, fiercely presented, and fiercely enjoyed. How fierce is really up to you and your inner Spaniard. There are as many patatas bravas recipes as homes in Spain, and this is nothing more than my latest rendition.

Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Tortilla)

Rating: 4.4 stars
63
Unlike most omelets, a Spanish tortilla is served at room temperature. It is the classic tapa, prepared all over Spain.

Fried Empanadas

Rating: 4.52 stars
140
These fried empanadas are the best! Raisins and eggs make this recipe extra delicious believe it or not!

Avocado and Tuna Tapas

Rating: 4.66 stars
201
Living in Spain I have come across a literal plethora of tapas. This is a light, healthy tapa that goes best with crisp white wines and crunchy bread. This recipe is great for experimenting with a variety of different vegetables, spices, and vinegars.
Sponsored By MyPlate

Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach with Garbanzo Beans)

Rating: 4.47 stars
319
This recipe can be eaten as a side dish or as a light meal. It's great with a grilled pork chop and some crusty bread. Its origins date back to North African cultures and is one of the very popular choices of tapas in Seville's bars.

Authentic Patatas Bravas

Rating: 4 stars
7
Spanish tapas are tasty small plates that when combined can create a light supper or serve as a great appetizer. Patatas Bravas are tasty fried potato cubes served with a smoky, spicy dipping sauce.

Tortilla Espanola

Rating: 4.42 stars
30
Tortilla Espanola is a dish I make all the time at home. My boyfriend's family are Spanish, and he just loves this authentic dish. It's easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser. Traditionally this dish only uses only onions, potatoes and egg; however I like to add a little green, either parsley or chives depending on your taste. They're both wonderful.

Spanish Pan-Fried Shrimp with Garlic

Rating: 5 stars
2
A favorite tapas dish, these Spanish shrimp are infused with the flavors of garlic, olive oil, and chile peppers. Easy and authentic! Use as many chile peppers as you can take.

Quince Paste

Rating: 4 stars
8
The quince is an old-fashioned, intensely aromatic, and dearly loved fruit. It is not an easy fruit to prepare, as it needs to be poached or cooked before it can be used in recipes. Quince paste is a wonderful accompaniment to cheese and crackers-try chevre as well as other mild, firm cheeses. You can also serve it for breakfast in place of jam.

Spanish Garlic Toast

Rating: 4.96 stars
18
When we lived in Barcelona we used to eat this all the time. Warning! Everyone has to eat this. If you don't the garlic smell will drive you out of the room. We bought a garlic jar in Spain for seasoning the garlic to make the taste a bit more concentrated. It's basically a ceramic jar with holes in the back to keep the garlic out of the light so it doesn't sprout, but the holes in the back allow the garlic to dry, in order to concentrate the flavor. It works fantastic and keeps garlic for 2 to 3 months.

Chickpeas and Chorizo

Rating: 4.29 stars
19
Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, and chorizo is a classic Spanish dish sometimes served as tapas and sometimes as a full stew. This recipe adds potatoes to make a it little more hearty as a full meal. Serve with a citrus and fennel salad and some crusty bread for a full meal. I like to leave the garlic cloves whole as above and spread the cloves on the bread during meal. If you don't, then reduce garlic but chop and don't add until after liquid has been added or it may scorch.

Empanadas I

Rating: 3.84 stars
42
This is a fairly quick and easy recipe for empanadas. A friend recently gave it to me, and my whole family loved them!!! Just about any kind of fruit, including melon, is fine. Or make the meat filling by using your favorite type of meat. Make one of the fillings or double the dough and make both!
Advertisement

Inspiration and Ideas

Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese

Rating: Unrated
6
A traditional Spanish 'tapas' item. You can also add a sprinkling of toasted breadcrumbs on top for a bit of extra crunch. May serve immediately or at room temperature.

Valencian Savory Empanadas

Rating: Unrated
16
Small pockets of dough filled with ham, onion, tomatoes, parsley, and hard-boiled eggs. These are as tasty as they are easy and impressive. They make great appetizers!

Titaina

Rating: 4.42 stars
23

I had this at a tapas bar in Spain way back and was able to figure out how to mimic it. It's an easy way to clean out the fridge and pantry. And, perfect for a low carb diet. I was introduced to this as a tapa. But you could always pair it with a salad or other veggie side dish for dinner.