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Patatas Bravas (Potatoes with Tomato Sauce)

Pronounced “pah-tah-tas brah-vahs”. Potato chunks sauteed to a nice crispy texture, then covered in a zesty tomato sauce.

Patatas Bravas (Potatoes with Tomato Sauce)


  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup of dry sherry
  • 1 can (14 oz) of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp of paprika
  • 2 lbs of potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Making the sauce

  1. In a sauté pan, heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Place the onion into the oil, sauteing until soft.
  3. Stir in the garlic, cooking until fragrant.
  4. Pour the sherry on top and bring the entire mixture to a boil.
  5. Add in the tomatoes, vinegar, crushed red pepper, and paprika. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, and cook until a thick sauce forms.
  7. Pour the sauce into blender or food processor, and process until smooth.
  8. Set the sauce aside.

Finishing up

  1. Place paper towels aside for later use.
  2. In a clean sauté pan, pour enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Heat up the oil on medium-high heat.
  4. Place the potatoes into the oil and cook until a crispy exterior forms.
  5. Scoop up the cooked potatoes and place on the paper towels to drain excess oil.
  6. Serve the finished potatoes on a plate with the sauce poured on top.

Quick Notes

Be careful when cooking the potatoes. You want a crispy exterior with a soft interior, but you also do not want them very greasy. Make sure your heat is up and the oil is hot.


If you hate spicy food, then omit the crushed red pepper. If you do not have dry sherry, use white wine. If you have no red wine vinegar, then use white.

In some areas, patatas bravas are served with added toppings such as chorizo, Spanish sausages, baked chicken, and fried fish. You can also keep extra sauce aside and top eggs with them.

Healthy It Up

If the idea of frying potatoes doesn’t appeal to you, then try coating the potatoes with oil and roasting them at 450° in the oven.

Serving Suggestions

To get the full experience, serve them on a small plate with toothpicks as utensils. Ideal beverages would be red wine or maybe a good beer.

Tags: Spanish, tapas, potatoes, tomato

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