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15 Most Popular Spanish Tapas You Should Try

Spanish tapas are one of Spain’s signature cuisine that you can find at any bar.

What’s more, tapas are such a big part of Spanish culture that going out to eat tapas has its own verb: tapear. Also, there is a noun: tapeo.

Do you want to know what are the most popular tapas in Spain? Find here 15 of the most popular Spanish tapas you should try!

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15 Most Popular Spanish Tapas


Calamares a la romana are battered fried calamari that Spaniards usually serve with a slice of lemon, however, some prefer without.

Do you want to learn how to prepare this dish? Check out the following video.


Croquetas are deep fried and breaded “balls” with a filling that is typically jamón. However, spaniards also like croquetas with other fillings, such as chicken or fish.

If you want to make some at home, watch the video below and learn!


Gambas al ajillo consists of shrimp that are sautéed in olive oil with lots of garlic, lemon juice and paprika.

Learn how to prepare this tapa at the following video.


This cold soup is originally from Andalusia and Andalusians usually eat it during the hot summer months.

To prepare this plate, you need a bunch of vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, onions and garlic. Salt, vinegar, bread and olive oil are also key ingredients.

Watch the video for more instructions.


This dish consists of pan-fried eggs with liquid yolk on French fries and some kind of meat, such as jamón and chorizo.

Huevos estrellados are very easy to prepare as they show in the video.


Among all the Spanish tapas, Jamón is without a doubt a tapa that everybody knows about.

Jamón is a dried cured ham that is obtained from the back leg of the pig. When the front leg is used, it’s called paleta o paletilla.

Check out the following video and learn how Spaniards make this delicacy.


The olives that Spaniards eat are normally dressed. However, they also eat them without dressing. In addition, olives with stuffing, such as anchovy and pepper, are typical.

In Spain, people call them olivas or aceitunas. While the first word comes from Latin, the second comes from Hispanic Arabic. Also, people from the east of Spain tend to use the term oliva however, Spaniards from the west use more the term aceituna.


Pan con tomate is one of the most popular dishes in Catalonia, an autonomous community in the northeast of Spain.

Spaniards love bread thus, it is not strange that this dish is such an important part of their cuisine.

This is a simple and easy dish to make. Spread a cut tomato on the bread, add olive oil and some salt, which is optional. For more instructions, here is a video.


Patatas bravas is one of the classic Spanish tapas that you can find everywhere.

It consists of potatoes cut into cubes and deep fried in olive oil. Then, they are served with a sauce like salsa brava or alioli.

While salsa brava is a spicy sauce, alioli is a garlic sauce that normally Spaniards from the east use.


Although pescaíto frito is a common tapa all over Spain, it is more popular in Andalusia. Here, they serve it in a paper cone and with a marinade.

Spaniards batter fish with flour and fry it in olive oil to prepare this tapa.

Watch the video for instructions.


Pimientos de Padrón peppers come from the Padrón municipality in A Coruña, Galicia.

Although most of the peppers are mild in flavor, a minority of them are spicy.

Normally, they are fried in olive oil and seasoned with sea salt. As you will see in the video below, it is a very simple recipe.


Pulpo a la gallega is a traditional dish from Galicia, but it is popular all over Spain.

This tapa is made of pieces of boiled octopus, with salt, paprika and olive oil as shown in the video.


The same as gazpacho, salmorejo is also a cold soup and from Andalusia.

It contains bread, tomatoes, garlic, salt and olive oil. Then, it is usually garnished with ham and hard boiled eggs.

Check out the video to learn how to prepare it.


Tortilla de patatas is by far one of the most famous Spanish tapas. It is an omelet with potatoes that optionally has onion.

As a tapa, Spaniards serve it in small pieces and normally cold.

As you will see in the video, its preparation is very simple.


Cheese tapas are very typical and queso Manchego is one of the most popular cheese Spaniards use.

Manchego cheese is a sheep milk cheese from La Mancha. In addition, there are two types: semicurado and curado. In the first style, the cheese matures from 2 to 6 months and for the second, the maturation exceeds 6 months.

Watch the video below to learn how Spaniards make Manchego cheese.

Final thoughts

Hopefully, this post helps you learn what the most popular Spanish tapas are. I also hope you have the chance to try them and enjoy an authentic Spanish culinary experience.

Would you like to have your own tapas recipes book and try to make them on your own? Find here a few of them.

In addition, would you like to learn how to order these foods in Spanish? Check this post to learn how to do it.

Now, I would like to hear from you.

  • Have you ever tried any of these tapas?
  • Which one do you like the most?
  • Do you know about any other tapas from Spain?

Share your answers in the comment section below!

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