Tortilla de Patata

Tortilla de Patata

Tortilla de patata is not a tortilla that Californian’s are used to. We know tortillas as the Mexican flat thin corn or flour tortilla that is used for chips or for folding or rolling up to make a taco or burrito.

No, this tortilla is like a torte, or even more like a cake. They vary in depth, I have seen them as shallow as an inch or two for serving at home and in the cafes they are typically 4” deep. They actually are huge- like a big wheel of cheese.

They are served cut into wedge slices or even put on two slices of bread and served as a sandwich. Potato sandwich anyone? Don’t laugh. This tortilla is the most common, most popular tapa consumed and is very delicious.

Preparing a tortilla de patata is fun and easy!


4 whole patatas, diced to about ½“ cubes

1 onion, finely diced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

4-6 eggs

Easy Preparation

Using a large pan, cook potatoes and onions on medium-high heat until almost completely cooked through. You will know when they are done when they become a bit mushy. This may take 20-30 minutes (potatoes take a long time to cook).

Then, in a bowl, crack eggs; add 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper, stir eggs together well. It is preferable to use a wisk and incorporate some air into your eggs - whip them up a little so they are a little fluffy.

Add the whipped eggs to the potatoes in the pan. The eggs should just cover the potatoes, the potatoes should not be swimming in egg.

Proceed to let them cook until the mixture is a solid mass, like a large frittata. This will take 15 to 20 minutes at medium heat.

Put a lid on your skillet to keep heat in and allow the top of the tortilla de patata to cook well, till firm, from both the top and the bottom.

The eggs will firm up and keep the mixture together.

Finish by turning the pan onto a large serving plate. This is easiest accomplished by placing the plate on top of the pan and turning it upside down. Don’t try to remove the tortilla with a spatula, it will be too large. Using the plate is a little tricky, but is easy to do.

Spanish tapas recipes - Exciting aren't they? For more tapa recipes see the entire selection of recipes from the Mediterranean Diet page Mediterranean Diet Recipes.

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