Spicy Patatas Bravas – Super easy Spanish tapas recipe

– Spain’s most popular tapas gets a vegan-friendly makeover! –

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Tapas is by far one of the most iconic culinary experiences of Spain and anyone who’s set foot in any tapas bar in Spain is likely to have come across patatas bravas. This famous Spanish tapas dish is made by combining olive oil, paprika, flour, and some broth to create a silky smooth and lightly spiced sauce that’s lovingly drizzled onto roasted or fried potatoes.

Made in around 30 minutes, our spicy patatas bravas recipe is super easy to make and vegan-friendly. This recipe makes tapas to serve 4 people.

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Serving:

Tapas for 4

Ready in:

 30 minutes

Skill level:

Super easy

Serve with:

A cold beer or red wine

Super easy bravas sauce recipe

There are plenty of bravas recipes out there (just Google it) but we’ve tried to condense this classic tapas recipe into something that can be made quickly and easily with minimal fuss. 

Our super easy patatas bravas recipe can be made with easy-to-find ingredients and can be whipped up in around 30 minutes. This recipe serves 4 people as a tapas.

Where is patatas bravas from?

Depending on where you pitch the question in Spain, you’ll receive a different answer. However, many will argue that the birthplace of patatas bravas, Spain’s most adored tapas, is Madrid

Madrileños are particularly fond of this easy tapas dish and you’ll find it in a vast majority of the tapas bars throughout the city. 

Perhaps one of the first claims of the bravas sauce is by the popular tapas bar aptly named ‘Las Bravas’ that was established in 1933 and claims to have created the now-famous bravas sauce in 1950, which it then patented the ‘Las Bravas’ sauce recipe in 1960.

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What is bravas sauce made of?

Most authentic Spanish recipes for patatas bravas call for the use of just 6 simple ingredients; olive oil, garlic, paprika, flour, chicken (or vegetable) broth, and salt. 

Of course, with such a popular tapas dish that’s widely consumed throughout Spain, there’s no set recipe and you’ll often find some bravas sauces with additional ingredients such as onion, chili powder, and tinned tomatoes.

Is bravas sauce spicy?

Traditional bravas sauce recipes rely on the pimentón picante (hot paprika) to give the sauce its distinctive spice, which is typically quite mild. However, it’s now common to see a little cayenne pepper or even chili powder being added to modern bravas sauce recipes to give the sauce an extra spicy kick. 

In this patatas bravas recipe, we’ve used a little chili powder to give the sauce some extra heat! 

Is patatas bravas vegan?

Traditional bravas sauce recipes call for the use of chicken broth, but as we want to share the love with our vegan and vegetarian buddies, we’ve created our bravas recipe using veggie stock. Our bravas sauce is proudly vegan-friendly

Does patatas bravas call for fried or baked potatoes?

Most modern tapas bars will use fried potatoes simply because it makes the dish faster and easier to prepare. When you’re making it at home, many don’t have a deep fryer or want to make a healthier choice, and roasting the potatoes works perfectly well. 

For this patatas bravas recipe, we use sunflower oil and fry the potatoes in a deep-sided frying pan.

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Equipment needed to make patatas bravas

  • 1 deep-sided frying pan (to deep fry the potatoes)
  • 1 splash guard (optional for frying)
  • 1 medium-sized saucepan (for making the bravas sauce)

Ingredients

Method (step-by-step)

Makes tapas for 4 people

  • 4 medium potatoes 
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed into a paste)
  • 2 cups of sunflower oil (for frying the potatoes)
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of hot smoked paprika (pimentón picante)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sweet smoked paprika (pimentón dulce) 
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder (if you want it spicy)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of plain flour (add more to make the sauce thicken)
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • Salt to taste

Method (step-by-step)

  1. Prepare your potatoes by cutting them into small chunks and deep fry or bake them (add extra time for baking). You know they’re ready when they’re crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. 
  2. In the meantime, prepare your sauce by heating the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic paste and stir through.
  3. Next, add the pimentón dulce and pimentón picante and stir until combined. Add the chili powder if you’re making an extra spicy sauce. 
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of flour and stir until combined. Keep stirring constantly for 1 minute. 
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and slowly add the broth while stirring constantly. 
  6. The sauce will begin to thicken as you incorporate the broth with the flour.
    Note: add more flour only if necessary to achieve the right velvety smooth consistency.
  7. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  8. Season with salt to taste.
  9. To serve, drizzle sauce over some fried (or baked) potatoes. Best served with a cold beer or glass of Spanish red wine!

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Patatas bravas

Tapas is by far one of the most iconic culinary experiences of Spain and anyone who’s set foot in any tapas bar in Spain is likely to have come across patatas bravas. This famous Spanish tapas dish is made by combining olive oil, paprika, flour, and some broth to create a silky smooth and lightly spiced sauce that’s lovingly drizzled onto roasted or fried potatoes.
Made in around 30 minutes, our spicy patatas bravas recipe is super easy to make and vegan-friendly. This recipe makes tapas to serve 4 people.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course appertizer, Side Dish, Snack, starter, tapas
Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, spanish
Servings 4 tapas
Calories 464 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed into a paste
  • 2 cups of sunflower oil for frying the potatoes
  • 1/3 cup 80ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of hot smoked paprika pimentón picante
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sweet smoked paprika pimentón dulce
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder if you want it spicy
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of plain flour add more to make the sauce thicken
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your potatoes by cutting them into small chunks and deep fry or bake them (add extra time for baking). You know they’re ready when they’re crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.
  • In the meantime, prepare your sauce by heating the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic paste and stir through.
  • Next, add the pimentón dulce and pimentón picante and stir until combined. Add the chili powder if you’re making an extra spicy sauce.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of flour and stir until combined. Keep stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and slowly add the broth while stirring constantly.
  • The sauce will begin to thicken as you incorporate the broth with the flour.
  • Note: add more flour only if necessary to achieve the right velvety smooth consistency.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • To serve, drizzle sauce over some fried (or baked) potatoes. Best served with a cold beer or glass of Spanish red wine!

Notes

Spicy patatas bravas-nutrition facts

Spicy patatas bravas-nutrition facts

Nutrition

Serving: 150gCalories: 464kcalCarbohydrates: 37.1gProtein: 5.3gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 4.6gSodium: 411mgPotassium: 932mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 2.7gCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
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