Spanish Recipes

Host your own tapas party with this tasty selection of Spanish recipes. Explore classics such as paella, albóndigas (Spanish meatballs), patatas bravas (fried potatoes), pan con tomate (bread with tomato), croquetas (serrano ham croquettes), and more regional delights.

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Rating: 3.38 stars
On a hot day, use your blender to whip up a refreshing cold gazpacho, a soup from a ripe tomato, cucumber, and bell pepper.

Classic Sangria

Rating: 3.19 stars
Give this popular Spanish drink time to sit—the longer the fruits and wine get to know each other the better.

Simple Stuffed Mushrooms

For this easy appetizer, mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of finely chopped bread, goat cheese, scallions, and pepper. Once the mushrooms are filled, they are baked until warm, then broiled to brown the grated cheese on top.

Summer Sangria

Rating: 3.51 stars
This wine punch is just right for summer parties. It's such a crowd pleaser, you may want to make 2 batches at a time.

Arroz Con Pollo

Rating: 3.61 stars
This one-pot recipe for Arroz Con Pollo, which is great for a crowd, comes from Martha's book One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and MoreIt's made with bone-in fatty chicken thighs, pimiento-stuffed green olives, chopped tomatoes, saffron threads, and bay leaves.

Easy Paella

Rating: 3.16 stars
You don't need a special paella pan to make this easy take on the classic Spanish dish. Use a wide, shallow saute pan with a lid. Chicken sausage and shrimp star in this one-pan dinner.

Spanish Gazpacho

Tomatoes and bell pepper meld magically in gazpacho, which gets body from bread and zing from orange juice. For more Spanish flair, garnish this soup with tapas-style toppings, such as chopped hard-cooked egg and sardines, tuna, or sliced cured ham like jamón Ibérico.

Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Olives, and Lemon

Rating: 3.99 stars
Chicken thighs, one of the moister cuts, cook with the potatoes in stock on the stove and then finish in the oven in this casy dinner recipe. The cooking liquid, along with garlic, olives, and lemon, turns into a pan sauce.

Spanish Frittata

Rating: 3.67 stars
Perfect for feeding a large crowd, this dish can be left out so everyone can help themselves. It is equally delicious served warm or at room temperature.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Baked Rice with Chorizo and Clams

Rating: 4.2 stars
This dish can also be made with sausage and broccoli rabe. Both variations have the same base. See the Chef's Note below for instructions.

Spicy Mussels and Chorizo

Rating: 3.72 stars
Sweet, plump mussels are steamed in a sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, red chile flakes, and wine; chorizo, a Spanish sausage, adds extra heat.

Olive-Oil-Fried Potatoes with Aioli

Dip these fried potato wedges into garlicky aioli for an easy-to-share appetizer inspired by the Spanish tapas dish patatas bravas. Parboiling the sliced-up spuds and letting them dry on a baking sheet before frying in olive oil guarantees a creamy center and crunchy shell.

Inspiration and Ideas

Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Rating: Unrated
Serve this hearty egg dish at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Croquettes with Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese
Rating: Unrated
Croquettes are adorned with parsley for these bite-size appetizers.

Spanish Tortilla with Bell Pepper

Rating: 3.55 stars

In Spain, tortilla refers to a hearty egg-and-potato dish that's eaten warm or cold any time of day. Red bell pepper gives this version another layer of flavor.