Thinking of serving classic tapas for appetizers or as a main dish? Or do you just want to whip up something quick that’s packed with authentic Spanish flavors? We got you covered with this list of easy and traditional Spanish recipes — take your pick and try them in the comfort of your own home!
Spanish cuisine can be characterized by dishes packed with complex flavors — it feels like a smack in the face. 🙂
While common ingredients like sherry vinegar and smoked paprika are used in the entire country, expect to see variations in how each region (or town) prepares these classic Spanish dishes.
Oh! If you’re thinking you can’t try some of these Spanish recipes because sherry vinegar is not available where you live? No problem — check out these excellent sherry vinegar substitutes.
Traditional Spanish Appetizers (Tapas)
While it does not require cooking, starting any meal with cured Spanish chorizo is always an excellent idea.
Salty, smoky, slightly fatty — all these flavors will undoubtedly awaken your taste buds.
Served often as part of tapas or meat trays, you only need bread to complete your meal (and some vino!).
These are peppers that grow in Galicia, the Northwestern part of Spain. Depending on the month, we were told that these padron peppers can be spicy or mild.
The good ones that I’ve tried are so mild (and delicious!); one serving of this classic Spanish dish is not enough for me.
A word of caution, though. These are best served straight out of the pan, so be careful; they can be HOT!
Another appetizer that can be served at room temperature
There is no need for you to wait for the mushroom season to enjoy this Spanish dish. Button mushrooms (also known as champignons) would always turn out great.
Pair this with grilled meat and some wine, and you’re good to go.
If you’ve been to Barcelona, this is probably the first Spanish tapa you have been served (aside from Jamon Iberico).
Customarily served with aioli, patatas bravas are fried potatoes served with a punchy, flavor-packed sauce (bravas).
These potatoes are traditionally parboiled, then fried till you get those crunchy edges.
The best part of preparing this classic Spanish dish at home is controlling how spicy or smoky you want your patatas bravas sauce to be. Yum!
A perfect balance of smoky and sweet is what you get from this dish.
Spanish marinated eggplant and peppers is one of those appetizers that kicks-off your taste buds for the entire meal.
Best enjoyed at room temperature, with slices of crusty bread.
Easy Spanish Dinner Recipes
Are you one of those garlic-haters? This dish might change your mind.
Once mixed with sherry, the garlic becomes sweet, with the flavor of the herbs.
I’ve seen pollo all ajillo served as an appetizer, but I prefer to have it as a main dish — the critical point is to keep the bones in the chicken.
You don’t believe me? Give this garlic chicken recipe a try and see for yourself. 🙂
You simply cannot ask for better comfort food than this.
Fall-off-the-bone meat and covered in thick, creamy, slightly sweet sauce. You must try it to judge for yourself.
Oh! Make sure you’ve got tons of bread with every plate of Spanish beef stew — trust me, you’ll need it!
I dare you not to lick your fingers when eating these wings. 🙂
Unlike most of the savory dishes on the list, you need to use the sweet type of sherry for making Spanish sweet and sticky wings.
Coated with the sweet goodness of the sherry and the smokiness of the paprika, you will not be able to stop eating these chicken wings.
Get those table wipes ready!
Locally known as ‘patatas a la Riojana,’ this classic Spanish dish originated from Rioja, north of Spain.
It uses Spanish chorizo to flavor the stew, so it’s up to you whether you want the regular or the spicy chorizo.
Whatever your preference is, expect a serving of delicious, flavor-packed chorizo and potatoes dish that will surely become a family favorite!
More common in the Andalucía region of Spain, I usually enjoy this tapa as a light lunch or dinner at home.
It doesn’t matter if you use baby spinach or regular spinach for this traditional Spanish recipe; the outcome would always be deliciously filling.
You would think that you’ve been simmering this dish for hours because of the explosion of flavors.
Nope, this chorizo and chickpea stew only takes thirty minutes to cook.
Perfect for those weeknights that you are just too tired and hungry to prepare anything — an easy Spanish recipe that delivers a punch. Simply delicious.
Authentic Spanish Sweets
Traditionally served for breakfast, these Spanish cupcakes are also great for snacks or light dessert.
And don’t worry, you don’t need to look for special ingredients to prepare these magdalenas. I bet you already have them in your pantry at this very moment.
With a handful of kitchen staples, a bit of resting time, and you can all enjoy these soft, delicious, lemon-packed Spanish muffins.
Polvorones are traditional Christmas cookies that are made from ground, blanched almonds.
Nah, just do what I do and make them the whole year-round.
They’re so good, you would not be able to wait until Christmas to have them. 🙂
So, what are you waiting for? Give these traditional Spanish recipes a try now!