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Spanish Tortilla – Family Favourite #Recipe

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Have you ever eaten Spanish Tortilla? By tortilla, I don’t mean the kind of flat round bread you find in your local grocery store.  I mean a real Spanish Tortilla.

Spanish Tortilla (or Tortilla de Patatas in Spanish) is actually a Spanish omlette, and is a popular dish in Spain.  Consisting of very basic ingredients including Spanish onion, eggs, yellow flesh potatoes, olive oil and salt, this Spanish favourite is absolutely mouth-watering!

How do I know?  I got to try Spanish Tortilla for the first time last weekend when my wonderful boyfriend offered to make it for me.  I love trying new foods, so I was all for that!  His recipe comes from the Spanish side of his ex-wife’s family…straight from Spain.  So you know it has to be authentic.

In Spain, Spanish Tortilla is an appetizer or “aperitivo” that is often served with a glass of beer (many pubs in Spain serve slices of Spanish Tortilla for free!).  We chose to make our Spanish Tortilla “Sunday supper”, and served it alongside a glass of red wine and a basket of fresh baguette.  It was so delicious I had to restrain myself from having piece number three!  By the next morning, we had managed to polish off the rest of our Spanish Tortilla.  If it’s possible, our Spanish Tortilla tasted even better the next day!

Want to make your own Spanish Tortilla? Here’s the step-by-step recipe:



  • 1 Large Spanish onion

  • 6 large eggs

  • 6-7 medium yellow flesh potatoes

  • 3-4 cups of olive oil (not extra virgin)

  • Salt

Slice potatoes into “chips” about 1/8th of an inch thick (make them all equal)

Cut the onion into cubes about the size of a nickel

Beat the six eggs in a large bowl

Bring the oil to frying temp and add potatoes, 3-5 minutes after, add onions. Do not let the potatoes brown or turn crispy, keep flipping them until cooked – you will be able to easily break the potatoes with a spatula

Drain the cooked potatoes and onions (I let them sit on a plate with paper towel to soak up extra oil – do this a couple of times)

Mix the potatoes, onions and beaten eggs and add salt (you may want to experiment with this – you can always add more salt later)

Heat, on medium, a deep pan with a 10” (approx.) flat bottom, and add 2-3 table spoons of Olive Oil

Pour mixture in and cook for 3-4 minutes –you can lift an edge and see if the egg is browning. Once it is, remove from heat and put a plate over the pan and flip the tortilla into the plate. You then slide the tortilla back into the pan and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes (until you see browning when you lift the side of the tortilla).

Let sit for approximately 15 minutes




  1. May 22, 2013

    Deborah / Mom2Michael

    Ooh! A new recipe to try! I’ve never tried tortilla, though I love frittatas and omelettes, so I’m sure this will be yum. Thanks for sharing!

  2. May 21, 2013


    This looks delicious! My kids and I love frittatas.

  3. May 21, 2013


    I’ll have to give this a try. Looks yummy!

    • May 21, 2013


      It is so yummy, Julia….and likely something your kids would love! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. May 20, 2013


    sounds delicious; I assumed it was a dish made with tortilla’s!

    • May 21, 2013


      LOL…that’s what I thought, Ashley, when my boyfriend first mentioned it. Thanks for reading!

  5. May 15, 2013


    Will X-man eat this? Would be great with a salad to accompany! Hope to try out the recipe sometime, thanks. 🙂

    • May 15, 2013


      LOL…um…no. It’s too bad, but he won’t. Give him a few years though, and I have a feeling we will have to make 2-3 at once..just to keep up with his appetite for this. I’m sure he’ll love it one day. You are absolutely right..this would be great with a salad. We even mentioned this to each other while we were eating it. Thanks for reading, Cruiser!

  6. May 15, 2013


    I love Tortilla!! Whenever I can order it as a tapas dish I do. I’ve not made it at home yet.


    • May 15, 2013


      Excellent! A Tortilla lover! Hopefully you can give this recipe a try. I can’t believe I’d never had it until my boyfriend made it for me. It’s one of my new favourite foods. Let me know if you attempt it, Dreena, and how it turned out. Thanks for reading!

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