Looking for some authentic tapas? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. These 45+ easy tapas recipes are made with simple ingredients and guaranteed to please!
When Rick & I visited Barcelona (which is still one of our favorite cities by the way) we couldn’t get enough of the tapas served there. Some of our favorites were Padron Peppers, Pan con Tomate and Bacon Wrapped Dates.
We loved tapas so much, that we served them at our wedding. I think that it’s such a fun way of eating!
What Are Traditional Spanish Tapas?
Traditional Spanish tapas are Spain’s signature small plates, bites, and appetizers.
They can range from a simple bowl of marinated olives, anchovies, or a wedge of Manchego cheese. But can be as elaborate as garlic shrimp, tender chicken skewers, fried squid, or octopus.
They can also vary by region – with different specialties in each region of Spain.
Many bars and restaurants in Spain serve complimentary tapas if you’re ordering drinks. And they’re meant as a way to keep people from drinking too much.
Pa Amb Tomàquet (or Pan Con Tomate) is a simple but delicious tapas recipe made with only 5 ingredients! It's like a Spanish version of bruschetta in the best way possible with toasty bread, garlic and fresh grated tomatoes.
Enjoy this chilled Cucumber Soup as a refreshing summer appetizer or side dish. Made with garlic, jalapeno, yogurt, and olive oil, this easy recipe blends up in seconds and has playful and savory flavors.
Romesco Sauce is packed with flavor and easy to make with simple ingredients & your blender or food processor. This roasted red pepper based Spanish sauce is delicious with chicken, pork, seafood and roasted vegetables.
Garlic Butter Steak Bites with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce are the perfect appetizer to serve at your next party or serve them up for dinner with a couple sides. The best part? They’ll be on your table in under 15 minutes!
This delicious Italian Radicchio Salad is dressed in a creamy lemon-vinaigrette and tossed with buttery calvestrano olives, tasty breadcrumbs and nutty parmesan cheese. And, a special tip ensures that your radicchio won't be bitter!
These bacon wrapped cheese stuffed cherry peppers are stuffed with a delicious combination of sharp cheddar cheese & goat cheese. They’re a perfect party appetizer because they can be assembled ahead of time and are always a crowd pleaser!
Chicken Pintxo is a type of Spanish tapas – the perfect party food on a skewer. Pintxo are sometimes called pincho or pinchu, and are served on a skewer or toothpick. It’s traditionally eaten as bar food in a social setting.
Many of these tapas recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead.
Wine Pairings with Tapas
Dry, light-bodied, fruity wines work well with Spanish tapas. Try a Spanish Rioja or Garnacha (Grenache).
Bubbles! Think Cava or Sparkling Rosé. The bubbles help cut down on the richness of hearty tapas, but they’re light enough so as to not overpower lighter tapas like marinated olives or ceviche.
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Looking for some authentic tapas? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. These 45+ easy tapas recipes are made with simple ingredients! Try out this traditional Pan Con Tomate (or Catalan Tomato Bread).
1loafciabatta(split in half horizontally lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch slices)
3Tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil(plus more for serving)
2garlic cloves(halved crosswise)
2poundsbeefsteak or heirloom tomatoes
Flaky sea salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Place bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until golden and crispy, 25-25 minutes. Rub warm bread slices with cut sides of garlic; set aside.
Meanwhile, split tomatoes in half horizontally. Using the large holes of a box grater, grate the cut sides of the tomatoes into a large bowl, until only the skin remains. Finely chop the skins and mix into the grated flesh; season very generously with salt.
Spoon tomato sauce over toasted bread. Let sit a couple minutes to allow the juices to soak into the bread slightly. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with additional flaky salt. Enjoy!