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.

Staff Picks

Normandy-Style Pork Stew

Inexpensive pork shoulder becomes meltingly tender after a low-and-slow braise in an elixir of dry cider and broth in this stew that's inspired by the pot roasts from the Basque region of Spain that marry pork, apples, and hard cider. This stew will bring the magic of fall right to your home kitchen.

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.

Summer Sangria

Rating: 3.5 stars 230
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: 3.5 stars 88
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.

Classic Sangria

Rating: 3 stars 500
Give this popular Spanish drink time to sit—the longer the fruits and wine get to know each other the better.

Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Olives, and Lemon

Rating: 4 stars 109
Chicken thighs, one of the moister cuts, cook with the potatoes in stock on the stove and then finish in the oven in this easy dinner recipe. The cooking liquid, along with garlic, olives, and lemon, turns into a pan sauce.


Rating: 3.5 stars 186
On a hot day, use your blender to whip up a refreshing cold gazpacho, a soup from a ripe tomato, cucumber, and bell pepper.

Croquettes with Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 68
Croquettes are adorned with parsley for these bite-size appetizers.

Spanish Frittata

Rating: 3.5 stars 51
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).

Paella For a Crowd

Rating: 3 stars 46
Perfect for a large dinner party, this paella serves 12, but the recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd. It's a spectacular entree packed with calamari, clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, and pork.

Arroz Con Pollo

Rating: 3.5 stars 134
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.

Spicy Mussels and Chorizo

Rating: 3.5 stars 148
Sweet, plump mussels are steamed in a sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, red chile flakes, and wine; chorizo, a Spanish sausage, adds extra heat.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken and Chorizo Paella
Rating: Unrated 151
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.
Spanish Tortilla with Bell Pepper
Rating: Unrated 128
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.
Traditional Gazpacho
Rating: 3.5 stars 81

The quintessential ingredients are all here: tomatoes, leftover bread, garlic, and a hint of sherry vinegar.