Easy Spanish Tapas Recipes (2023)

Five EASY Spanish Tapas recipes!! All your favourites from the tapas bar – garlic mushrooms, marinated olives, Chorizo, Spanish Garlic Prawns/Shrimp, Spanish Marinated Olives and the famous Spanish Omelette (Tortilla).

This is the first of a 3 part Spanish FeastSpecial series that I’m sharing this week – complete with Spanish Wine pairings!

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Hola! Who loves Spanish Food?? Me, me, me!!

Spanish food is made for gatherings. Tables laden with rustic food for sharing – no fussy giant white plates with a tiny portion of fancy food with names I can’t pronounce,garnished with tiny herbs and assembled using tweezers.

Spanish food is the polar opposite. Flamboyant, colourful, celebratory, generous, loud – and absolutely lip-smackingly delicious.Totally my kind of food.

And in the spirit of Spanish extravagance, this week I’m sharing something a bit special – a three partSPANISH FEAST MENU!!! 5 EASY SpanishTapas recipes to start, a Chicken & Seafood Paella for the main andChurros for dessert. Woah! What a spread!

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But wait….there’s MORE! What Spanish Fiesta would be complete without WINE??? So for each course, I have a wine pairing suggestion. 🙂 And to start? I’m grabbing this one for tapas – a Spanish Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine region. 🙂

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I love the name of this wine –La Mesa Y Los Amigos which means “The table and the friends”. Perfect for tapas, no? 😉

Besides the name being perfect, it’s a really great pairing with tapas! I wanted something pretty neutral –medium bodied and smooth so it didn’t overpower the kaleidoscope of flavours in my Easy Tapas menu.This Tempranillo isa dry red with a subtle warmth of spices and it is exceptional drinkingfor the price which I never would haveguessed as being only $12 a bottle at Dan Murphy’s (Ikid you not, I was shocked). I love finding gems like this – and I love sharing these finds with you!!

A note for wine nerds: Tempranillo is a Spanish black grape variety that is native to Spain, used to make medium to full bodied wines. It’s grown fairly widely around the world now, including in Australia and the States.

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I think that tapas, paella and churros are probably the most well known Spanish dishes in the world and I’m pretty darn excited to be sharing those with you this week! To kick things off, five easy Spanish Tapas recipes. I’ve added notes in the recipe for how to prepare these ahead so you don’t have to be scurrying around in the kitchen when your friends arrive. 🙂

Here’s a little run down of each of the recipes in this Tapas spread.

Garlic Prawns/Shrimp and Chorizo – The two dishes that Ialwaysorder at tapas bars!

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Garlic Mushrooms and Spanish Marinated Olives – Possibly my favourite way with mushrooms! The olives are just plain store bought olives that are dressed with herbs and citrus. Yum!

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Spanish Omelette (Tortilla) – Arguably one of the most delicious omelettes in the world and commonly served as tapas in Spain! Because this requires a few more steps than the other recipes in my Easy Tapas recipes spread, I’ve included it as a separate recipe – get it here.

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Jamon, SpanishManchegoCheese and White Anchovies– Jamon is the Spanish version of prosciutto and it’s now widely available in Australia, even in supermarkets! Manchego is a Spanish cheese that is made with sheep milk that is beautifully buttery with a mild tang – one of my personal favorites (and you know how much I love cheese!!). White anchovies are completely different to the black anchovies that come in a jar (used in things like Caesar Salad dressings) – they are way less salty and marinated in vinegar, not oil. Perfect for antipasto!

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Tiempoa la fiesta!! (It’s time to feast!)

– Nagi xx

PS Don’t forgetPaellaand Churroto complete your feast!!

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5 Easy Tapas Recipes

Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Prep: 30 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Total: 1 hr


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Create your own tapas bar at home! These are easy to make and can be prepared in advance so you can be eating and drinking with your friends rather than scurrying around in the kitchen! Tapas dishes are typically served with generous amounts of olive oil - fantastic for mopping up the flavours with bread. But feel free to cut back on the oil if you prefer! I recommend marinating the olives for 24 hours to allow the flavours to infuse.


Garlic Prawns / Shrimp

  • 1/4 cup / 65 ml olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves - 3 smashed , 1 minced
  • 250 g / 8 oz raw prawns , peeled
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Finely chopped parsley
  • Optional: lemon

Garlic mushrooms

  • 1/4 cup olive oil (65 ml)
  • 4 garlic cloves - 3 smashed , 1 minced
  • 300 g / 10 oz Swiss brown or other small mushrooms
  • Finely chopped parsley


  • 2 (~250g / 8oz) chorizos , sliced (Note 3)
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

Marinated Olives (Note 4)

  • 250 g / 8 oz plump black and green olives
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp Lemon or orange zest
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (85 ml)
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried oregano or 1 tsp fresh thyme)

Spanish Antipasto

  • Jamon cured ham
  • Manchego Spanish Cheese
  • White Anchovies

Spanish Omelette

  • Spanish Omelette recipe here

To Serve

  • Bread , Olive oil, Lemon wedges
  • La Mesa Y Los Amigos Tempranillo Spanish Wine (great with tapas!)


Garlic Prawns (Note 1)

  • Place the smashed garlic in a skillet with the oil over medium heat. Sauté for 10 minutes, squishing the garlic down to squeeze juice out as it cooks, until garlic is golden brown. Then remove and discard garlic.

  • Sprinkle prawns with salt and pepper. Turn stove up to high. When oil is hot, add prawns and cook for 2 minutes (for medium prawns) or until charred and just cooked. Just before the end, add the minced garlic and quickly saute, then transfer prawns into serving bowl.

  • Sprinkle with parsley and red pepper flakes if using.

Garlic Mushrooms (Note 1)

  • Halve or quarter the mushrooms, depending on size.

  • Follow Garlic Prawn steps, except cook mushrooms instead of prawns. Cook the mushrooms until they are golden.


  • Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Cook Chorizo until golden on both sides, then transfer to serving bowl, scraping in oil in the skillet.

Marinated Olives (Note 4)

  • Combine ingredients in an airtight jar. Refrigerate for 24 hours - no longer than 48 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Spanish Antipasto

  • Bring cheese to room temperature. Place on platter with ham and anchovies.

To Serve

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Recipe Notes:

1. Garlic Prawns & Garlic Mushrooms - Making this with garlic infused oil is the safest way to cram in garlic flavour without getting burnt bits of garlic (bitter!). To smash garlic, I crush it with the side of my knife so it bursts open but mostly holds together.

2. Garlic Prawns, Mushrooms & Chorizo - To make ahead, make the garlic infused oil then set aside (for prawns & mushrooms). Then cook just before your guests arrive - this part is quick. Cover loosely with foil, transfer into heatproof dishes and keep warm in the oven at 80C/175F for up to 30 / 45 minutes. Because they are in so much oil, they stay lovely and juicy, just toss briefly before serving and garnish with parsley.

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3. Chorizo - make sure you get RAW chorizo, not the chorizo that is already cured that can be eaten without cooking it (it's like salami).

4. Marinated Olives - Seed in olives are better than seedless. In Australia, we get better quality olives over the counter at delis, rather than in jars. I couldn't find good Spanish olives, so I opted for plump Kalamata and Sicilian green olives. Don't worry if they come pre marinated or in olive oil, just drain then use your own marinade. If the olives come in olive oil, I still prefer to use my own because the olive oil used in delis for olives usually isn't the most flavourful. But it's optional for you!

CAUTION: Do not consume olives (or anything) with raw garlic after 3 days because minced raw garlic goes off after 3 days (even in the fridge in oil).

5. In keeping with the Spanish Fiesta theme, I served this with La Mesa y Los Amigos which is a Tempranillo from Rioja in Spain!! It's a medium bodied dry red that is really smooth to drink, with a subtle hint of spice and I think it pairs beautifully when served with a wide variety of food like a Tapas spread! It's incredibly great value at just ~A$12 per bottle from Dan Murphy's but tastes like a $20 bottle. It's a gem of a find!

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What are the 3 types of tapas? ›

Different types of tapas

The main groups are: pinchos/pintxos. cheese and charcuterie platters. cold tapas.

What are some typical tapas foods? ›

Popular throughout Spain, tapas are festive and delicious appetizers and snacks. Traditional tapas include mixed olives, fried baby squid, meatballs, and chorizo. Whether you're craving briny seafood or crispy potatoes, these are our best tapas recipes.

What is the most popular appetizer in Spain? ›

Tapas are small dishes that are typically served as appetizers or snacks. They can be served hot or cold, and are often made with simple ingredients such as bread, cheese, olives, and ham. Tapas are a popular way to enjoy Spanish cuisine, and are often served with a glass of wine or beer.

How do you plan a tapas menu? ›

Tapas to Purchase

A good rule of thumb is to have 2-3 dishes for every 4 guests. Make sure your menu includes at least one fish or shellfish, one cheese or meat, and one vegetable dish, and a huge basket of crusty bread slices.

What is the most famous dish in Spain? ›

Paella is perhaps the most famous Spanish dish of all, and certainly one of the most abused. Authentic paella originates from the region around Valencia, and comes in two varieties: Paella Valenciana, with rabbit and chicken; and seafood paella.

What does a tapas meal look like? ›

Tapas is a collection of small snacks and small portion dishes that is eaten with more of a grazing attitude. Fun right? Tapas can be as simple as some marinated olives or a few slices of meat and cheese accompanied by roasted red peppers and a few nuts. Sounds much like a Charcuterie or cheese board.

How many tapas make a meal? ›

Portion sizes will vary by restaurant, but typically, ordering 2 to 3 tapas per person gets the job done. So a party of 4 would order 8 to 12 tapas between them. Don't be afraid to ask your server if you haven't ordered enough food, and remember, your friends are there to help if you've ordered too much.

Are tapas and appetizers the same thing? ›

But aren't Tapas just the same as little appetizers? The answer is absolutely not! In the Spanish cuisine, an appetizer, called an aperitivo, is a supplement to a full meal, while the tapas are something completely different, another way of having your whole lunch or dinner.

What does a tapas meal look like? ›

Tapas is a collection of small snacks and small portion dishes that is eaten with more of a grazing attitude. Fun right? Tapas can be as simple as some marinated olives or a few slices of meat and cheese accompanied by roasted red peppers and a few nuts. Sounds much like a Charcuterie or cheese board.

Why are tapas so popular in Spain? ›

They're a social way of eating and meant to incite conversation, usually found on bar and pub menus, and in Spain, they can be found all over various cities as locals go from place to place.


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