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5 Easy Spanish Tapas Recipes

Updated on March 15, 2016

Easy Tapas Recipes to cook at home

I love cooking Spanish food and find it prefect for entertaining. Tapas works for so many occasions because it is so versatile, lots of it can be prepared ahead of time to reduce last minute rushing and it can be as simple or elaborate as your budget allows.

If you have hard to feed friends with various diet restrictions you can plan a menu that includes something for everyone pretty easily. This is particularly true for vegetarians.

The following recipes have been collected over the years and I have made them many times. I have featured them here because they are easy to cook, are inexpensive, and most importantly for tapas, they look great.

The key to great tasting tapas

Making great tasting tapas is not that hard... the key is having the freshest, best quality ingredients you can get your hands on. For these recipes you will need the following basics:

Bottle of good quality Spanish olive oil

1 bunch of parsley

2-3 heads of fresh garlic

Sweet and hot paprika (get good quality Spanish varieties if you can)

Along with the recipes here you could serve green olives, Manchengo cheese, and grilled chorizo.

Add a white tablecloth, some colourful serving dishes and cool Spanish beats and you have all you need for a good night.

My Broad Beans
My Broad Beans | Source

Broad Beans and Jamón


250gms of frozen broad beans shelled (can use fresh if in season)

175gms of Jamón or pancetta (often cheaper and more readily available)

1 medium spanish onion finely chopped

1 tablespoon Parsley finely chopped


1. Cook broad beans until just tender (usually 5 minutes)

2. Drain under cold water to stop cooking process

3. Fry onion in a little olive oil ( Spanish of course!) until soft

4. Add Jamón to onions and heat through, add parsley and stir

5. Transfer to serving bowl.

Tapas recipes from Australia

MoVida is a popular Spanish restaurant in Melbourne. So popular they now have 3 outlets

Movida Rustica: Spanish Traditions and Recipes
Movida Rustica: Spanish Traditions and Recipes

From the minute I picked this book up I had to buy it. It is packed with so many amazing recipes and it is beautiful to read and hold.


Garlic Mushrooms

These will disappear in seconds


500 grams of small (uniform sized) button mushrooms

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves of garlic chopped

juice of one lemon


1. Clean mushrooms

2. Fry garlic until lightly browned

3. Add mushrooms and saute until all oil has been absorbed

4. Turn down the heat and then allow the mushrooms to rest in the pan until some liquid had been released.

5. Reheat for 2-3 minutes on high till liquid is gone, sprinkle with parsley

6. Place in serving dish and serve with lemon slices

Not the most appertising shot but the tastiest item on the table
Not the most appertising shot but the tastiest item on the table | Source

Ham and Cheese Empanadas


1 onion finely chopped

1 clove of garlic

180gms goat cheese

200gms sliced Jamón or diced bacon

50 gms capers

1/2 teaspoon hot paprika

5 sheets of puff pastry

2 eggs


1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius

2. Cook onion until soft add garlic and cook for 1 min. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes

3. Mix cheese, ham or bacon, capers, paprika and onion and garlic

4. Using a glass or mug cut each pastry sheet into 4 circles

5. Place a heaped teaspoon of mix on the centre of each circle and fold in half.

6. Seal edges with a fork and brush with egg glaze

7. Bake in hot oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned

Tapas were originally served in bars and were traditional salty to encourage bar patrons to purchase more drinks.

Garlic Chicken

heavy on the garlic


10 chicken thigh fillets - skin on if preferred

Sweet paprika

olive oil

12 cloves garlic sliced

150 ml white wine


1. Chop fillets into bite size pieces being careful to keep skin intact

2. Fry garlic slices until just browned, remove and drain

3. Cook chicken in same pan until skin is crispy and chicken cooked through

4. Place in a warmed bowl. Sprinkle with garlic slices and parsley

Watch some professionals making tapas - Head Chef Frank Camorra

This is an excerpt from the SBS Australia TV show Food Safaris

Tuna Stuffed Peppers


6 peppers - mixed colors is good but not essential

olive oil

150gm goats cheese

250gm canned salmon or tuna

Parsley and garlic to taste (1-2 cloves)


1. Cut peppers in half roast and remove skin when cooled - this can be done the day before if needed.

2. Cut each half pepper into 3 strips and set aside

3. Drain canned fish and remove bones if using salmon. Mix in a blender or processor with cheese, garlic and parsley

4. Place a spoonful of fish mixture on each capsicum strip and roll. Place on plate as pictured.

5. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours before serving

How much of a tapas fan are you?

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      4 years ago

      Spanish-tapas are mouth watering

      (Also shared on Facebook :)



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      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      My favorite tapas is anchoas - raw anchovies in oil


    • CCGAL profile image


      6 years ago

      I adore Empanadas ~ haven't tried any of these yet, but they all sound delish!

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      6 years ago

      All of these look good... pinning

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      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago


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      Paula Morgan 

      6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      @SusannaDuffy: They are super easy Susanna and I bet you love them.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I've never really explored Spanish food and eaten it only rarely, once a year, at the Fiesta in Fitzroy. Now I'm going to make up these tapas - starting with the garlic mushrooms and tuna stuffed peppers.

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      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These look good, I love Tapas. Came across this lens on Pinterest.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      Garlic chicken sound just right for me, thanks!

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      7 years ago

      I love empanadas. I'll have to try the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Sue Dixon 

      7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I love prawns and dates wrapped in bacon Yum! Blessed by your Regional Foods angel and added to my regional foods lens ( coming soon!)

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      stuhaynes lm 

      7 years ago

      Patatas Bravas is one of my personal favourites. The best I've had have invariably been eaten in Madrid and are cooked using Paprika. The nearer you get to a coastal holiday destination the more likely you are to get chips and tomato sauce! Tip with any kind of tapas is to eat where local Spanish eat, they won't accept rubbish.....

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      chrissuard lm 

      8 years ago

      Great detailed lens, very well made. Thanks for sharing it with everyone at The Squidoo Network.

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      8 years ago from U.S.

      These sound really, really good! A tapas party sounds fun for one of our upcoming get-togethers with good friends.

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      Senora M 

      8 years ago

      Sounds good! I lived in Spain for a semester in college and don't remember what tapas I liked best!

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      8 years ago

      Ah, I could just eat tapas... I'm missing Spain so much and hope being able to get to the country next year so that I'll have the occasion to, once again, eat as many tapas as possible - I've a tapas book recipe at home and grew up in a Spanish mood but am a big ZERO in cooking, lol.

      Lensrolled to my paella lens!

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      8 years ago

      I like that you picked 5 recipes so we can pick and choose, although they all look wonderful. I think a Spanish tapas dinner party would be a lot of fun.

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      8 years ago

      omg...favorited to try some of these tasty looking recipes. Looks like our comidas mexicanas tipicas

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      8 years ago

      They all look delicious


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