Tapa Recipes

Tapas are sophisticated small plates that are perfect for parties. Browse over 110 recipes for traditional Spanish tapas like tortilla espanola, calamari, ceviche, garlic shrimp, stuffed olives, and empanadas.

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Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

Rating: 4.5 stars 71
You will find this dish on every Spanish restaurant menu — for good reason!

Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Tortilla)

Rating: 4.5 stars 83
Unlike most omelets, a Spanish tortilla is served at room temperature. It is the classic tapa, prepared all over Spain.

Air Fryer Calamari

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Guilt-free crispy air-fried calamari! Serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges if desired.

Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach with Garbanzo Beans)

Rating: 4.5 stars 441
This recipe can be eaten as a side dish or as a light meal. It's great with a grilled pork chop and some crusty bread. Its origins date back to North African cultures and is one of the very popular choices of tapas in Seville's bars.

Basque Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 49
This recipe is inspired by Woolgrowers Restaurant in Bakersfield, California. Among the many appetizers they give, there is one that is very much like this salad which is handy to have in the refrigerator. It is very good and close to my inspiration.

Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Rating: 5 stars 101
Delicious and easy! Poblanos seemed like a logical choice for kicking stuffed peppers up a notch. We were amazed by how well these turned out. Give them a try! Recipe could easily be doubled or tripled as needed.


Rating: 4 stars 7
This recipe was given to me by a dear friend from Ecuador. This dish is also great with raw shrimp, scallops, or fish. If using canned oysters, cover the dish with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. If using raw shrimp, scallops, or fish, cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until they are opaque in the middle.

14 Authentic Spanish Tapas Recipes Fit for a Fiesta

Spanish tapas are complimentary small plates served during happy hour or before the start of your meal.
By Lauren Helmer

Authentic Patatas Bravas

Rating: 4 stars 8
Spanish tapas are tasty small plates that when combined can create a light supper or serve as a great appetizer. Patatas Bravas are tasty fried potato cubes served with a smoky, spicy dipping sauce.

Chilean-Style Sopaipillas

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
This is a traditional Chilean snack, or maybe an appetizer. The truth is that it's a snack eaten during winter time, especially when it rains. It is typical to arrive home after walking through the rainy streets of Santiago and sit down to have a cup of tea and eat a couple of sopaipillas. You can also eat ones sold by street vendors, but they usually don't taste as good as home-made ones. If you can't find zapallo, pumpkin is a good substitute.

Fig and Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.5 stars 264
This is an easy gourmet appetizer. I've brought this to several parties and it is always a hit! I often add some chopped green olives to the olive mixture and a little more balsamic. Goat cheese may also be used in place of the cream cheese. Serve with slices of French bread or crackers.
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Sundried Tomato Tapenade

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
A to-die-for take on the usual olive tapenade. Don't use California sundried tomatoes because they are too sweet! Every time I make this I get requests for the recipe! I've never actually had the patience to chill this and always end up serving it right away. It's a huge hit! Serve with your favorite crackers.

Inspiration and Ideas

Avocado and Tuna Tapas
Rating: Unrated 288
"Living in Spain, I have come across a plethora of tapas. This is a light, healthy tapa that goes best with crisp white wines and crunchy bread." – La Cocina de Redondita
Rating: Unrated 33
"I had this at a tapas bar in Spain way back and was able to figure out how to recreate it." – DC Girly Girl
Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (Coctel de Camarones estilo Mexicano)
Rating: 5 stars 205

A truly authentic Mexican shrimp cocktail with plenty of spicy flavors.