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Bocadillo de Tortilla 

(Spain’s beloved tortilla sandwich)

Written By: Byron | May 15, 2023
A large boccadillo de tortilla sits on a chopping board beside some ripe tomatoes.

The bocadillo de tortilla is a classic bocadillo recipe that you’ll find served all over Spain. This sandwich is made with a fresh baguette and loaded with a generous wedge or two of tortilla, a little salt, and some good quality olive oil, and that’s it. Of course, you can always add some tomato or lettuce but traditionally it’s a simple affair. 

Simple, filling, and oh-so-delicious, the bocadillo de tortilla is without question of the best examples of Spanish comfort food. It doesn’t get much more Spanish than this delicious combination!

Budget-Friendly Recipe | Easy Recipe | Sandwich | Tortilla Recipe | Main Meal Recipe | Lunch | Easy Weeknight Dinner

Serving:

Makes 2 sandwiches

Ready in:

1 hour

Skill level:

Moderate

Serve with:

Potato chips

ingredients for making a bocadilloo de tortilla re laid out on a table beside some fresh vine tomatoes.

Ingredients you’ll need 

(makes 2 sandwiches)

    For the tortilla

    • 5 Large potatoes Waxy varieties such as Red or Yukon Gold work best
    • 2 Med-large white onions
    • 2 Cups of extra virgin olive oil
    • 6 Eggs
    • 3 Tablespoons of milk
    • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons of salt
    • 1 Teaspoon of nutmeg

    For the Bocadillo

    • 1 large fresh baguette
    • A splash of good-quality olive oil
    • Salt for seasoning

    Equipment needed

    • A large serrated bread knife
    • Chopping board
    • 1 large 25cm/10-inch non-stick frying pan 
    • 1 large plate (for flipping the tortilla)
    • Large flexible spatula

     Watch step-by-step recipe video

    If you’re looking for this recipe’s video and many other great recipe ideas, why not check out our Spanish Radish YouTube Channel? We’ve got everything from quick and easy tapas recipes, delicious main meals, and incredible Spanish dessert options too. If you’re looking for more tasty bocadillo recipes try the Jamon Serrano and Manchego cheese bocadillo (ham sandwich) or the Bocadillo de Lomo (pork loin sandwich).

    How to make the perfect bocadillo de tortilla 

     

    Step 1 – Make a tortilla

    Step 2 – Prepare the baguette

    • Slice your baguette lengthways, then slice it into 8-inch long portions per serving. Drizzle the inside of the baguette with a little olive oil.
    • Cut two wedges of tortilla, around 1/8th slices, is ideal. Add them to the baguette, season to taste, and serve while still warm. 
    a tortilla sandwich sits on a chopping board beside some ripe red tomatoes

    Spanish Tortilla – Best served warm.

    This bocadillo is often served in bars and restaurants all over Spain with generous wedges of tortilla stacked on crisp fresh bread. Often, it will be a cold sandwich, but this sandwich really stands out when you use warm tortilla slices.

    A warm bocadillo de tortilla is a gamechanger! 

    Warm gooey tortilla when served on some fresh soft baguette that’s been drizzled with a little olive oil and salt is just one of those flavor combinations that people have been craving for centuries. It’s simple, unpretentious, comfort food at its finest, and just the smell alone is simply irresistible. 

    Store-bought or homemade tortilla 

    Making your own tortilla at home is without a doubt a labor of love, it takes around 50 minutes to make the authentic tortilla recipe, however, it is well worth the hard effort. We’ve recently made a simplified tortilla recipe that is much easier and faster to make and this will take you 20 minutes. 

    Of course, if you’re short on time and need that comfort food fix pronto, a store-bought tortilla will be just fine. Tortillas are typically available in most supermarkets or Spanish grocery stores and only cost a few dollars. You’ll find them in the cold refrigerated goods section. 

    a tortilla espanola sits on a white plate

    Side serving suggestions

    Typically in most Spanish bars and restaurants, a bocadillo will be served alongside a small cold beer (caña) or a glass of red wine. Some bars will also add a small side serving of potato chips on the side, but this is really not necessary as the bocadillo itself is a delicious and filling serving and will keep most content for hours. Of course, you can add to the bocadillo itself, and some suggestions are aiolli, tomato, or lettuce. 

    Here are a few light tapas options to serve alongside for your bocadillo:

    Nutrition facts

    Serving size: 150g

    Servings: 4

    Amount per serving

     

    Calories

    498

    % Daily Value*

    Total Fat 22.7g

    29%

    Saturated Fat 4.5g

    23%

    Cholesterol 246mg

    82%

    Sodium 1269mg

    55%

    Total Carbohydrate 65.1g

    24%

    Dietary Fiber 3.5g

    12%

    Total Sugars 6.5g

     

    Protein 12.7g

     

    Vitamin D 23mcg

    116%

    Calcium 77mg

    6%

    Iron 2mg

    12%

    Potassium 601mg

    13%

    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

     

    FAQs and Cooking Tips

    How long does this bocadillo recipe take to make?

    Allow 1 hour to make the tortilla recipe, and around 5 minutes to make the bocadillo. 

    Best bread to use when making a Spanish bocadillo?

    Use a fresh baguette or wider ‘barra’ for best results. 

    Tortilla with onion or without? 

    This is up to your own personal taste. Tortilla with onion (‘con cebolla’ in Spanish) will be moister compared to a tortilla cooked without onion.

    a portion of bocadillo de tortilla is served on a wooden chopping board.
    A bocadillo de tortilla is served on a wodden chopping board

    Bocadillo de tortilla (Spain's beloved tortilla sandwich)

    The bocadillo de tortilla is a classic bocadillo recipe that you’ll find served all over Spain. This sandwich is made with a fresh baguette and loaded with a generous wedge or two of tortilla, a little salt, and some good quality olive oil, and that’s it.
    5 from 1 vote
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 50 minutes
    Resting time 5 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour
    Course Appetizer, easy lunch, lunch, sandwich, Snack
    Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
    Servings 2 sandwiches
    Calories 498 kcal

    Equipment

    • A large serrated bread knife
    • Chopping board
    • 1 large 25cm/10-inch non-stick frying pan
    • 1 large plate (for flipping the tortilla)
    • Large flexible spatula

    Ingredients

    For the tortilla

    • 5 Large potatoes Waxy varieties such as Red or Yukon Gold work best
    • 2 Med-large white onions
    • 2 Cups of extra virgin olive oil
    • 6 Eggs
    • 3 Tablespoons of milk
    • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons of salt
    • 1 Teaspoon of nutmeg

    For the Bocadillo

    • 1 large fresh baguette
    • A splash of good-quality olive oil
    • Salt for seasoning

    Instructions
     

    Step 1 - Make a tortilla

    • You’ll find our complete Spanish Tortilla recipe in the recipe description above. A tortilla takes around 50 minutes to make, so do this step well in advance. If you’re short on time, you can always use a store-bought tortilla and reheat it.
      5 Large potatoes Waxy varieties such as Red or Yukon Gold work best, 2 Med-large white onions, 2 Cups of extra virgin olive oil, 6 Eggs, 3 Tablespoons of milk, 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 Teaspoon of nutmeg
      a tortilla espanol sits on a white plate

    Step 2 - Prepare the baguette

    • Slice your baguette lengthways, then slice it into 8-inch long portions per serving. Drizzle the inside of the baguette with a little olive oil.
      1 large fresh baguette, A splash of good-quality olive oil, Salt for seasoning
      A baguette sliced in half
    • Cut two wedges of tortilla, around 1/8th slices, is ideal. Add them to the baguette, season to taste, and serve while still warm.
      A bocadillo de tortilla is served on a wodden chopping board

    Video

    Nutrition

    Serving: 150gCalories: 498kcalCarbohydrates: 65.1gProtein: 12.7gFat: 22.7gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 1269mgPotassium: 601mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 6.5gCalcium: 77mgIron: 2mg
    Keyword Bocadillo, budget, budget-friendly recipe, easy, easy recipe, sandwich, tortilla

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