Looking for the best tapas recipes? Want the best Spanish dishes for a small plates feast? Try our ideas and twists below, then check out our vegetarian tapas recipes and chorizo recipes.


Check out the olive shop for a selection of Spanish products from artisan producers to add to your tapas spread.

Tapas recipes

Classic tortilla

A well-made tortilla is central to any tapas menu. This easy recipe with just four ingredients is a classic and will go down a treat among a small-plate spread.

Classic Tortilla Recipe

Patatas bravas

Recreate this popular Spanish tapas dish at home with our easy recipe. Crispy baked potatoes are topped with a smoky paprika tomato sauce and fresh parsley.

Easy Patatas Bravas Recipe

Smoky albondigas

Make these Spanish-style meatballs using beef and pork mince and serve in a rich tomato sauce as part of your tapas spread. Mop up all that lovely sauce with some bread.

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Ham croquetas

Bite-sized balls of deliciousness. Filled with manchego and ham, this simple-to-follow recipe makes them an easy tapas-friendly treat.

Ham croquetas

Piquillo peppers

Bring Spanish flavour to your entertaining with this easy recipe for a quick piquillo pepper salad. These sweet little chillies can be bought in jars and with a little sherry vinegar and parsley turned into a tapas dish.

piquillo pepper salad


All you need are anchovies, guindilla peppers and olives to make this effortless Spanish-style snack.

A selection of olives, peppers and anchovies on cocktail sticks with a bowl of almonds and three glasses of vermouth

Chorizo al vino

This recipe for chorizo al vino comes from Lobos, a tapas bar in Borough Market. It's really simple but combines classic, bold Spanish flavours and is ideal to serve as part of a tapas spread.

Chorizo al vino

Garlic prawns

Prawns, peppers and silky, garlicky aioli makes for a delicious Spanish-inspired one-pot dinner for two, or a great sharing plate to enjoy as part of a bigger tapas feast.

Spanish Prawns Recipe with Peppers and Aioli

Padrón peppers and chorizo skewers with honey drizzle

These sticky grilled padrón peppers with chorizo and honey drizzle make the perfect tapas dish or finger food to serve with drinks over the summer months.

Chorizo and padron pepper skewers

Cod fritters

A Spanish tapas classic made easy. Bite-sized smoked cod and potato fishcakes bound together with egg and flour then quickly fried until crispy. Serve with lemon wedges.

Smoked Cod Fritters Recipe

Pan con tomate

A really quick and easy recipe for that tapas feast, this is best made with nicely ripe Spanish tomatoes. It makes a good breakfast too – Catalans and Spaniards often enjoy it with a coffee in the morning.

Pan Con Tomate (Catalan Tomato Bread)

Mussels with saffron

Trade in your usual moules marinière for this pepped-up Spanish recipe with mussels, saffron and spinach. Ready in just 30 minutes, it makes a great sharing tapas dish.

Saffron Mussels Recipe with Spinach


This recipe comes from Lobos tapas bar in Borough market and is an ideal addition to a Spanish-inspired sharing menu. The runny fried egg with the pancetta and crisp bread is deeply satisfying.


Baked tetilla cheese with escalivada

This recipe also comes from Lobos tapas bar in Borough Market. Tetilla is a Spanish cheese available from delis and online. This dish takes just 30 minutes to prepare and is great as part of a sharing spread.

Baked tetilla cheese with escalivada

Chorizo, potato and parsley tortilla

Adding chorizo to this classic Spanish tapas recipe gives it extra flavour – we love that kick of paprika – as well as vibrant colour. A meatier version of the traditional tortilla, it earns its place at any Spanish-style feast.

Easy Spanish Potato Tortilla with Chorizo and Parsley

Churros with hot chocolate sauce

Could there be any better way to round off a tapas dinner than with these comforting sweet treats? The rich, indulgent hot chocolate sauce is delicious – try it over over ice cream, too.

A handful of small churros next to a pot of hot chocolate dipping sauce

Classic sangria

You didn't think that we'd forget to address drinks in our tapas recipe inspiration, did you? Channel sunny holiday vibes with this easy-to-make Spanish tipple.

Easy Sangria Recipe

Burrata, romesco and red chilli

Edinburgh's Noto effortlessly crafts a no-cook festive starter by combining creamy burrata with a Spanish romesco sauce, enhanced with a kick from gochujang.

A whole burrata ball on a small serving plate with romesco pepper underneath it and on top

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