45+ BEST Spanish Tapas Recipes to Try at Home!

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.

What Do You Serve at a Tapas Party?

The BEST Tapas Recipes to Try

Pan con tomate on board next to tomatoes and flaky salt container.
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.
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Overhead shot of octopus ceviche in large grey bowl next to lime slices and tortillas.
Octopus Ceviche (aka ceviche de pulpo) combines tender octopus with tangy lime juice, red onions, cilantro and chiles for a light and refreshing appetizer. Serve it with tortillas or chips and enjoy! 
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Try this easy Spanish ham croquettes recipe and feel like you’re eating tapas in Spain. Perfect appetizers, these delicious croquetas de jamón are a hit!
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Blistered shishito peppers served on a black plate with lemon wedges.
These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 
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Toasty sourdough with rubbed garlic, a lovely and fresh pan con tomate, topped with one of my favorites: Jamón Serrano. Just heavenly.
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Cheesy Avocado Crab Stuffed Piquillo Pepper Ciabatta Pizzette’s with Sriracha Aioli.
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Spanish Omelette (Spanish Tortilla)
Spanish Omelette (Spanish Tortilla) is perfect served hot or cold, and so easy to make! Perfect for picnics, bbq’s, or your Tapas menu!
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Cooked bacon wrapped dates in white serving bowl next to small bowl of almonds.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds make a quick and easy appetizer that's a definite crowd pleaser.
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Overhead shot of bowl of cold cucumber soup.
Enjoy this cold 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.
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The BEST Healthy Gazpacho {Whole30 + GF + Paleo + Vegan}
The BEST healthy gazpacho is packed with all the goodness of fresh summer produce like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumber. It’s healthy, simple to make (blender recipe!), and a real show-stopper.
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Cooked shrimp skewers arranged on a grey plate with bowl of creamy green sauce.
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Green Tahini Sauce are perfect for summer barbeques and so simple to prepare. 
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Seared sous vide octopus served on grey plate on a bed of romesco sauce.
This Sous Vide Octopus recipe is the most foolproof way to get tender, flavorful octopus. Finish it off on a hot grill or skillet to get the most perfect char on the outside.
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Patatas bravas is a classic Spanish dish. Crispy potatoes topped with spicy tomato sauce and garlic aioli makes a simple but tasty recipe!
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Pulpo a la Gallega, Galician Style Octopus, is one of my favorite healthy seafood dishes. Simple, yet flavorful, it’s an easy dish to prepare, yet sure to impress.
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This is an easy recipe for fried manchego cheese tapas. It’s a simple Spanish appetizer that can be prepped ahead of time and fried right before serving!
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Side view of Avocado bites wrapped in prosciutto on wood cutting board.
Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Bites are the perfect party appetizer. They’re an easy to make, no-bake finger food and come together in under 10 minutes!
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Romesco sauce in white bowl next to almonds and crusty bread.
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.
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Overhead shot of cherry tomato salad in grey bowl.
This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is the perfect side dish. Sweet tomatoes combine with a tangy vinaigrette and delicious roasted lemons. 
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Sometimes the simplest foods make the best recipes. Delicious entertaining made easy with these Manchego Cheese, Ham and Olive Bites.
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Overhead closeup of steak bites in skillet topped with garlic bits and parsley.
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!
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This easy Spanish calamares recipe makes restaurant-quality fried calamari! Try making homemade calamares fritos today.
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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!
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I love this marinated manchego. It’s such an easy and tasty tapas recipe!
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Calamari a la plancha is squid cooked over a very hot plate–in this case, cast iron skillets. This calamari recipes takes all of 20 minutes to make.
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These flavorful Chorizo, Manchego and Olive Skewers will be the star of your tapas menu! You won’t believe how easy they are!
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Manchego cheese tapas are the perfect little appetizers not only for a Spanish-themed party. With their simple and quick preparation and a short ingredient list, they are the ideal last-minute bites.
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Grilled Goat Cheese Stuffed Piquillo Peppers are the tastiest tapas!
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Spanish Meatballs. Guests will love dipping their meatballs in the fragrant and smokey tomato sauce and then mopping up any leftovers with some fresh crusty bread.
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Shrimp and Chorizo Appetizers with Roasted Pepper Soup — These punchy and flavorful skewers are packed with spicy chorizo and shrimp, served with homemade roasted pepper soup shooters.
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This is an easy recipe for chorizo bites. Glazed in sticky beer sauce this Spanish chorizo sausage appetizer can be enjoyed either warm or cold!
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Mahon-Menorca Pinwheels with Fig Jam & Serrano Ham will be the absolute hit on your appetizers menu. Full of flavor and quick to make.
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Get this easy expert recipe for Gambas al Ajillo, a popular Spanish garlic shrimp swimming in tasty olive oil sauce. Ready in 10 minutes!
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Close up of stuffed cherry peppers wrapped with bacon ready to eat.
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!
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Grana padano wrapped in prosciutto and topped with fig jam.
These bites of Prosciutto Wrapped Grana Padano with Fig Preserves are the perfect party snack. This easy to make, no-bake finger food comes together in under 10-minutes.
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Fried Artichokes. Baby artichokes are gently fried in olive oil and seasoned with salt and lemon.
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Easy Marinated Olives and Almonds is a delicious, healthy, and super simple to make tapas recipe. Flavored with garlic & lemon this appetizer will be a hit!
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Peppers with grill marks scattered on counter.
Learn how to make perfectly tender and blistered Grilled Bell Peppers at home! It’s one of the best and easiest side dishes you can add to burrito bowls, fajitas, or pair with grilled meats.
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Goat cheese stuffed dates with Serrano ham and basil can be made fuss free with simple ingredients!
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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.
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These Creamy Spanish Butter Beans are easy to make, made with simple ingredients and pack a ton of flavors.
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Why not take your appetizer to the next level with this Spanish Serrano Ham and Cured Cheese Bruschetta. A fantastic combination.
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Albondigas in blue bowl topped with sour cream and jalapenos.
Spanish Meatballs – or Albondigas – simmer in enchilada sauce and are topped with sour cream, radishes & cilantro. Serve them taco-style in tortillas or as an appetizer with toothpicks. 
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These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com
Thin sliced fennel is topped with salami and nutty parmesan cheese for an easy-to-prepare, three-ingredient appetizer that’s sure to impress.
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Fabada Asturiana is a hearty, warming Spanish white bean stew with lots of porky goodness. It’s incredibly easy and the perfect meal for a cold day.
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Ready in just 15 minutes, full of Spanish flair and made from everyday ingredients, Spanish Garlic Mushrooms are great as an appetizer or a light main meal. 
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How to Make Ahead and Store

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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Pan con tomate on board next to tomatoes and flaky salt container.

45+ EASY Tapas Recipes

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).
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 loaf ciabatta (split in half horizontally lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch slices)
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus more for serving)
  • 2 garlic cloves (halved crosswise)
  • 2 pounds beefsteak 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!
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Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1259IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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