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10 Tapas You Should Eat In Spain

– 10 Tapas You Should Eat In Spain –

Spanish cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world, and with food influences from the Romans, Phoenicians, Visigoths and the Moorish empire, it´s no wonder why. Each one of these tribes left there culinary mark in the Iberian peninsula, making today, what the Spanish kitchen has become. In modern Spain, tapas have taken the country by storm, tapas are essentially small appetizers that are usually enjoyed before a meal or you can order a bunch of them and make a meal out of it. Spaniards and tourist alike have made Spanish tapas one of the most desired foods around the world. I have created a list of 10 tapas you should eat in Spain. While opinions may vary, these are the 10 tapas you want to eat to truly get an amazing Spanish culinary experience.

The List of the Top 10 Tapas to try in Spain

Here is the list for 10 Tapas You Should Eat In Spain, first we have Tortilla Española, the classic Spanish omelette, this is Spain´s jewel, a MUST try when visiting Spain. Second we have Patatas Bravas, originally from Madrid, and possibly the most favorite tapa among Spaniards. For our third tapa we have Fried Calamari, these golden rings of fried squid are best enjoyed in coastal cities like Valencia and Malaga, yet you will find some of the best in La Plaza Mayor de Madrid. The fourth selection is Gambas al Ajillo, these garlic shrimp are loaded with flavor and are best enjoyed with some crusty bread to mop up the juices. The fifth tapa on the list is Montaditos, known as open faced sandwiches in English, these are extremely popular with Spaniards and they pack a big flavor in a small bite.

Spanish Montaditos

And the List…..Continues

For the sixth tapa we have Croquetas de Champiñones, these creamy croquettes are offered in several different flavors, but the mushroom ones are truly the best. Seventh on the list we have Sepia a la Plancha, this dish of grilled cuttlefish with a garlic parsley sauce is another favorite between Spaniards, and with good reason why….it´s amazing! For our eighth tapa we have Pimientos de Padron, these peppers are perfectly fried in olive oil and then dusted off with sea salt, most are mild, with maybe a couple having a little bit of heat. The ninth selection is Champiñones al Ajillo, these garlicky mushrooms have an incredible flavor and will keep you coming back for more. The tenth and final tapa on the list is Mejillones al Vapor, these steamed mussels are simply cooked, yet they have an incredible flavor and go perfect with a glass of white wine.

In Conclusion, These Tapas Won´t Disappoint

This list of 10 Tapas You Should Eat In Spain should be a great guide for you when visiting Spain. As you can see, eating tapas in Spain is a MUST, they are fairly priced (as long as you stay away from tourist haunts) and they fill you up with great Spanish flavors. All of the tapas listed above are easily found in almost every bar and restaurant throughout Spain. Before you go, try making a couple of them at home and get your taste buds ready for the culinary trip of your life. Salud!.

Watch our Featured Tapas Video Recipe on How to Make Gambas al Ajillo



  1. Mary and Howard

    Enjoying our 8th winter in Spain, staying in a “non-touristy” Spainish-speaking area; and are eating these wonderful meals all the time, as well as learning some of the language. A brilliant way of being educated. Buen provecho!

    09 . Mar . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      That is fantastic! enjoy your time in Spain, thanks for commenting 🙂

      09 . Mar . 2018
  2. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

    My stomach literally rumbled reading this list. If I ever go to Spain, I know what to look for!

    01 . Mar . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment Cathleen 🙂

      01 . Mar . 2018
  3. Adina

    What a delicious list! I was telling my husband the other day (while watching a famous chef making tortilla de patatas in television) that we actually rarely ever ate Spanish food, except what we had during our holiday in Tenerife a few years ago. I really should get more into it, all your recipes look and sound amazing!

    01 . Mar . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      Tenerife is a beautiful place! thank you so much for your comment Adina 🙂

      01 . Mar . 2018
  4. Hannah

    So many mouthwatering options! I love the fact that vegetables are celebrated in Spain and so many of the options are already vegan, or can easily be made so.

    28 . Feb . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes, a lot of people think Spain is just about Spanish ham, when in reality we have a ton of vegetarian and vegan options, thank you for your comment Hannah 🙂

      28 . Feb . 2018

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