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Delicious Patatas Bravas – Spanish Potatoes Recipe

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Is there anything better than Patatas Bravas and a cold beer? We think not! And we’ve got just the most delicious, easy tapas recipe that’s perfect for summer.

What Is Patatas Bravas?

Patatas Bravas is a really popular tasty Spanish potato tapas dish that’s super simple to make.

These delicious Spanish potatoes are Cubes of crispy fried potato are served mixed into a rich smoky spiced paprika flavoured tomato sauce with a generous scattering of chopped flat leaf parsley.

And of course you can add a drizzle of garlicky mayonnaise over the top too, just to make them even more delicious!

This Bravas tapas dish is so very moreish you’ll struggle walking past it without digging in!

Patatas Bravas Recipe

Serves – 6 people

Prep Time – 15 minutes

Cook Time – 20 minutes

Total Time – around 35 minutes

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white bowl filled with homemade pastas bravas scattered with chopped parsley

Patatas bravas is a flavor packed dish, good served as part of a homemade tapas spread or just on its own as a little something to nibble with crusty bread and drinks.

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board
  • Vegetable knife
  • Saucepan
  • Frying pan
  • Teaspoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Serving bowl

Patatas Bravas Ingredients

You’ll just need a few simple ingredients to make our delicious tapas ideas for dinner!

ingredients for patatas bravas - new potatoes, polpa chopped tomatoes, onion, olive oil, flat leaf parsley, smoked paprika, sea salt and black pepper, red chilli, garlic cloves
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion – finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves – finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli – finely sliced
  • 14oz can crushed tomatoes (400g tin chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 lb (around 1kg) baby new potatoes – Yukon gold potatoes or russet potatoes work well for this dish
  • sea salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • small bunch flat leaf parsley

How To Make Patatas Bravas

This Patatas Bravas recipe is easy and a super delicious summery way to serve potatoes.

Step One – prepare the vegetables ready to make the Bravas tapas

  • Firstly prepare your vegetables – peel and dice the onion, slice the red chillies, peel and chop the garlic and dice the potatoes – you can leave the peel on if you prefer.
ingredients for patatas bravas - new potatoes, tin chopped tomatoes, black pepper, sea salt, chopped red chillies, grated garlic cloves, chopped onions, smoked paprika, olive oil and flat leaf parsley

Step Two – make the Patatas Bravas sauce recipe

  • Add a tbsp of olive oil to a saucepan and gently fry the onions, garlic and chilli over a low heat for around 5 minutes.
black le creuset saucepan filled with sautéed onions, garlic and chilli, sea salt and black pepper, tinned chopped tomatoes and smoked paprika on a wooden chopping board at the side of the pan, new potatoes in the background

  • Tip the tin of chopped tomatoes into the saucepan with the onions, garlic and chilli.
black le creuset saucepan filled with sautéed onions, garlic and chilli - a tin of chopped tomatoes had just been tipped into the pan, sea salt and black pepper and smoked paprika on a wooden chopping board at the side of the pan, new potatoes in the background

  • Add the smoked paprika to the saucepan with the tomatoes, add in a pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper – to suit your own tastes.
  • Bring the tomato sauce to the boil and then simmer over a low heat with the lid off so that the sauce thickens…. meanwhile…

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black le creuset saucepan filled with sautéed onions, garlic and chillies with a tin of chopped tomatoes, smoked paprika and sea salt and black pepper tipped into them - new potatoes in the background

Step Three – boil the potatoes

  • Put the diced potatoes into a saucepan with boiling water and bring the pan back to the boil.
  • simmer with the lid on for around 5-7 minutes until the potatoes are just tender.
le creuset saucepan filled with peeled diced potatoes being held up in front of a yellow smeg fridge

  • Once the potatoes are just tender, drain them well in a colander.
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Step Four – fry the potatoes ready to go into the Bravas sauce recipe

  • Add a tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to a large frying pan over a high heat, then tip the drained potato chunks into the pan.
boiled diced potatoes being fried in olive oil in a Tefal non stick saucepan

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  • Stir fry the potatoes – stirring often until they’re crisping up all over.
tefal non stick frying pan filled with fried diced potatoes

Step Five – mix the fried potatoes into the Patatas Bravas sauce recipe

  • Remove the fried potato cubes from the frying pan using a slotted spoon to remove any excess oil.
  • Tip the spicy tomato sauce over the potatoes cubes and gently mix together.
  • Tip into a serving bowl and scatter over the chopped flat leaf parsley.
homemade patatas bravas in a blue and white bowl on a dark blue wooden table

Make Patatas Bravas Your Way

  • skip the chilli if you don’t like the heat
  • stir through a tin of chickpeas for a little extra munch
  • leftovers are delicious mixed with cheese and stuffed into little pasties.
  • add a few discs of chorizo if you fancy a little meat
  • delicious served topped with a poached egg as a complete meal
  • you could also oven bake the potatoes to cut down on the fat content.
  • Drizzle with garlic aioli for that whole tapas bar, taste of Spain vibe.

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Can I freeze Patatas Bravas?

This dish doesn’t work to great when frozen. The potatoes end up mushy when defrosted and reheated.

It’s best to store leftovers in the fridge in an air tight container and use them within 48 hours.

Can I reheat Patatas Bravas?

You can reheat the Patatas Bravas recipe – you can either microwave it on high or reheat in a saucepan on the hob.

Make sure the reheated food has an internal temperature of 75C for at least 2 minutes of cooking.

What to drink with Patatas Bravas?

Patatas Bravas is great served alongside a few tapas dishes and drinks. We like to serve it with Estrella or San Miguel. It’s also nice with a glass of Rioja.

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Delicious Patatas Bravas

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Super easy Patatas Bravas recipe – add a little Spanish flare to your summer and throw together a simple tapas selection for friends.


  • 2 tbs olive oil 
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1 red chilli
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1kg new potatoes 
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper 
  • small bunch flat leaf parsley


  1. Add a tbs olive oil to a saucepan and gently fry the chopped onion, garlic and chillies until sofened.
  2. Add the tinned tomatoes, smoked paprika and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Simmer the sauce with the lid off whilst you cook the potatoes.
  4. Peel and dice the potatoes, boil them in water until just tender and then drain well.
  5. Add a tbs of olive oil to a non stick frying pan and fry the potato cubes until browning all over.
  6. Remove the potatoes from the pan with a slotted spoon and stir gently into the tomato sauce.
  7. Tip the potatoes into a serving dish and scatter over the chopped flat leaf parsley.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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