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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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.

Arroz Con Pollo

Rating: 3.69 stars
The bold flavors of saffron, bay leaves, and garlic infuse Valencia rice, a Spanish variety perfect for slow-cooked dishes and the traditional base for paella. Here, the grains are cooked up with golden-brown chicken thighs and garnished with pimiento-stuffed olives. Saffron gives the rice its warm yellow hue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Quick Skillet Paella with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars
This delicious one-pan dinner simplifies classic paella: It has fewer ingredients but keeps the essence of Spain.

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.

Spanish Frittata

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).


Rating: 3.26 stars
Impress your friends and family by making this fabulous flan recipe for dessert courtesy of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School."

Slow-Cooker Spanish Meatballs

Rating: 3.19 stars
Take a family favorite to new heights: Hot smoked paprika gives meatballs deep flavor and low, slow cooking ensures they're extra tender.

Easy Chicken and Shrimp Paella

Spanish chorizo, available in many supermarkets, spices up this robust one-pan dinner that's made with chicken thighs and drumsticks as well as shrimp. Arborio rice soaks up the dish's savory flavors as it cooks.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken with Sofrito

Chicken is taken to the next level with the addition of sofrito, a flavorful Spanish sauce.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

An impressive but easy Spanish-inspired supper that's just right for a dinner party. This one-pan main dish is flavored with Spanish smoked paprika, saffron, and dried chorizo.

Drunken Mussels with Chorizo and White Beans

This Spanish-inspired take on steamed mussels will transport you to distant ports. Start by crisping up chorizo—just a bit provides a nice smoky punch—then toss in some shallot, garlic, and white wine. Add cherry tomatoes for sweetness and white beans for texture, add the mollusks, and cover. Dinner in less than 30 minutes—and next to no cleanup.