Patatas bravas is one of the most popular tapas from Spain. This simple, yet delicious tapa is traditionally made with fried potatoes topped with a spicy sauce.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you already know that we grew up in Barcelona and live in the US. We have enjoyed our fair share of tapas, but our favorite, without a doubt, is patatas bravas.
This was one of the first recipes we posted on this blog, back in 2012. It was one of our most popular posts, so we’re bringing it back! New pics, same awesome recipe.
Step by step images on how to make patatas bravas
- Start with some chopped potatoes. We use our favorite variety, Yukon Gold
2. Combine the potatoes in a bowl with olive oil and salt and toss well until evenly coated
3. Spread on a single layer in a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper
4. Bake until tender and lightly golden
5. Make the sauce, see steps below. Pour sauce over the warm cooked potatoes
How to make a traditional Bravas Sauce for Patatas Bravas
- Saute garlic and onion in olive oil
- Add tomato paste or tomato sauce
- Add broth (usually meat-based )
- Add sweet or smoked paprika or a combination of both
- Add heat from hot sauce
- In many places, a garlic mayo (Aioli) is also added before serving the patatas bravas
Through some recipe testing we figured our a way to simplify the process and still get an amazing result. We changed things around and made a quicker and simpler recipe that our family really enjoys, even more than the traditional bravas sauce.
Changes we made to the traditional Patatas Bravas recipe:
- We roasted the potatoes instead of frying them
- We started with a vegan mayo base, a quick tip to achieve instant creaminess
- Added a pinch of garlic powder for extra flavor
- Kept the Hot sauce to taste for spice and tanginess
This patatas bravas recipe is super simple, flavorful and satisfying. Another great thing about it? You can take the basic recipe and modify it however you like it. Use regular mayo, if you prefer; add more hot sauce if you like it really spicy; or fry the potatoes instead of baking them for extra crunch.
Serve the patatas bravas with any of these other Spanish tapas:
- Pan con tomate,
- Spring onions with Romesco Sauce,
- Tortilla de Patatas,
- Espinacas a la Catalana,
- Montadito de tortilla de berengenas
- Lemon Scented Almond Milk Custard
- Invite some friends over, make some sangria and make it a real Spanish night! Oh, and most importantly, don’t forget to have lots of fun 🙂
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