Spanish Food Vocabulary

Colloquial Spanish Food Vocabulary - Expressions, Words and Verbs

You can spend years studying a language and end up having problems understanding native speakers. This is because language schools and other sources mainly teach you the formal way of a language and what is grammatically correct. However, native speakers mostly use everyday language or colloquial language. Talking about food is no different. Due to this, we can create a group named: colloquial Spanish food vocabulary.

Food is very important in Spanish culture and consequently, they posses a large food related vocabulary. For this reason, if you really want to get along with someone in Spain, talk about food, they love their food! But above all, if you truly want to make them happy, speak their language colloquially!

Below, I put together some of the most common colloquial Spanish food vocabulary, including expressions, nouns and verbs.

Spanish Food Vocabulary: Expressions

COMER DE GORRA 

Literal translation: To eat of hat.

Meaning: To eat for free.

Example
  • Hoy he comido de gorra, mi jefe ha pagado la comida.

COMER COMO UN CERDO, PONERSE HASTA EL CULO O PONERSE LAS BOTAS

Literal translation:

  • To eat like a pig.
  • To put yourself until the butt.
  • To put the boots on.

Meaning: To pig out.

Examples
  • Siempre como como un cerdo en casa de mi madre. 
  • Me he puesto hasta el culo de gambas. 
  • Me puse las botas en el buffet. 

ESTAR PIRIPI  

Literal translation: To be piripi.

Meaning: To be drunk.

Example
  • Con solo dos cervezas ya estoy piripi. 

ESTAR BORRACHO COMO UNA CUBA 

Literal translation: To be drunk as a barrel.

Meaning: To be drunk as a skunk.

Example
  • Ha bebido mucho en la fiesta, está borracho como una cuba. 

ESTAR DE MUERTE, ESTAR PARA CHUPARSE LOS DEDOS OR ESTAR DE RECHUPETE 

Literal translation:

  • To be of death.
  • To be for licking the fingers.
  • To be of rechupete.

Meaning:

  • To be out of this world.
  • To be finger lickin’ good.
  • A meal is exquisite.
Examples
  • Esta paella está de muerte. 
  • La tortilla de patata que me hizo mi madre estaba para chuparse los dedos. 
  • El cocido está de rechupete. 

IR/SE DE TAPAS1 O CAÑAS

Literal translation: To go of tapas or cañas.

Meaning: To go around the bars and have some tapas and cañas.

Example
  • ¡Vámonos de tapas/cañas por Barcelona!

SALIR DE TAPAS O CAÑAS 

Literal translation: To go out of tapas or cañas.

Meaning: To go around the bars and have some tapas and cañas.

Example
  • ¿Quieres salir de tapas/cañas por Barcelona? 

TOMAR EL VERMUT OR VERMÚ 

Literal translation: To drink the vermouth.

Meaning: To get a snack before the big meal of the day (around 2-3pm). Normally a drink with tapas.

Example
  • Vamos al bar a tomar el vermut/vermú

Spanish Food Vocabulary: Nouns

EL BOCATA 

Meaning: A sandwich.

Example
  • Me encantan los bocatas de lomo. 
EL BOTELLÓN 

Meaning: Drinking in the street.

Example
  • Esos chicos siempre hacen botellón en el parque. 

LA TAJADA 

Meaning: Smashed, wasted, blotted, drunk, plastered or blacked out.

Example
  • Menuda tajada que lleva ese chico después de beberse toda la sangría. 

EL TAPEO 

Meaning: Eating tapas.

Example
  • ¡Vámonos de tapeo! 

LA BIRRA 

Meaning: A beer.

Example
  • Quiero una birra. 

EL CUBATA 

Meaning: A rum and coke cocktail.

Example
  • Prefiero un cubata a una birra. 

Spanish Food Vocabulary: Verbs

TAPEAR

Meaning: To eat tapas in a bar.

Example
  • Tapeo todos los fines de semana con mis amigos. 

JALAR 

Meaning: To eat when you are starving.

Example
  • ¡Vamos a jalar que me muero de hambre! 

Final Thoughts

I encourage you to get familiar with colloquial Spanish food vocabulary to make your cultural immersion and language learning experience easier.

I advise you to not get obsessed with the way you speak a language. Normally, people during their everyday life do not really speak strictly formal, or use what is considered grammatically correct. For this reason, you also need to learn the colloquial way.

Beside attending courses, practicing with native speakers is essential. Thus, you will learn the “real language”, all the words and expressions that people use in their daily lives.

Colloquial Spanish is one part of the language I focus on with my online Spanish classes. I want you to get the real experience of what it is like to talk as a Spanish speaker. In addition, make your Spanish cultural adventure much simpler and enjoyable.

Definitions

1 Small portion of some food that normally goes with a drink.

2  A cylindrical, tall and narrow glass used to serve wine or beer. However, it is generally used to refer to the beer contained in that glass. The amount is normally around 20cl.

 

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