Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce)

  • Servings: 4 or 6

Patatas Bravas is a basic and traditional Spanish tapa, quite popular all over Spain. It can also be served as a side dish. It is spicy, delicious and easy to make.


  • 6 medium potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of pimenton (Spanish smoked paprika)
  • 500g of chopped fresh or tinned tomatoes
  • 1 fresh and deseeded chili or chili paste to taste
  • A mix of 2 tbsp of Water and 1 tsp of cornflour
  • 1 tbsp of vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric (healthy supplement)
  • Salt and black or white pepper
  • Chopped parsley, to serve


Step 1

Boil the potato cubes in salty water for 7-8 min or until just tender. Drain well then fry in olive oil until crisp and golden all over. Put aside.

Step 2

In the meantime, prepare the sauce. In a hot frying pan, add some olive oil, the onion, garlic and the chili and stir fry until the onion is cooked.

Step 3

Then add the tomatoes, pimenton, vinegar, salt and pepper and thin with the 2 tbsp of water and cornflour. Let it simmer until the sauce has thickened.

Step 4

Blend the sauce in a food blender or by using a hand-held blender until smooth and creamy.

Step 5

Pour the sauce over the fried potatoes, mix well and serve with some scattered parsley. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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