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Patatas a lo Pobre – Poor Man´s Potatoes

– Patatas a lo Pobre – Poor Man´s Potatoes –

Poor Man´s Potatoes (known as Patatas a lo Pobre in Spain) were born during the medieval era of Spain, where the majority of the people were poor (unless they were royalty). The only ingredients most people could afford were the cheapest ones…..potatoes, onions, bell peppers, etc.. Now, in modern Spain, this recipe is popping up everywhere, from local bars to high-end 3 star Michelin restaurants. As I always say (and have heard) a true classic never dies. Please watch our video below on how to make poor man´s potatoes, they are very easy to make, and have an incredible flavor. Salud!

Watch the Video Below on How to Make Patatas a lo Pobre – Poor Man´s Potatoes

Poor Man´s Potatoes - Patatas a lo Pobre

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1 Brown Onion
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Sea Salt


  1. Grab a medium to large sized frying pan and turn the fire to a medium-high heat
  2. Add 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil to the pan
  3. Leaving the skin on, cut the potatoes in about 1/4 inch thick circular slices
  4. Once hot, season the olive oil in the pan with sea salt and add the sliced potatoes to the pan
  5. Grab another frying pan, small to medium in size and turn fire to a medium heat
  6. Add the remainder 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil to the pan
  7. Peel the onion, cut in half, and cut in thin slices
  8. Cut the green and red bell peper in thin slices
  9. Peel and add the 2 cloves of garlic to the hot oil and cook for about 1 minute
  10. Add the onion and bell peppers to the pan and mix together
  11. Go back to the pan with the potatoes and turn them as needed to cook all the way through
  12. Once your potatoes are cooked all the way through, turn the fire off, and put them on a plate with a paper towel to drain the oil and season with sea salt
  13. Add the potatoes to a shallow bowl
  14. Continue to cook the onion and bell peppers until tender and turn the fire off once they are done
  15. Add the onions and bell peppers on top of the potatoes, season with sea salt, and mix everything together
  16. Sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley on top
  17. Enjoy!

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1 Comment

  1. Inyan Isnala

    Just for the sake of historic accuracy, in Medieval Spain (or in Medieval Europe) there were no potatos nor bell peppers – all these vegetables came from the New World, so it is more of poor man’s food from Renaissance period. Regardless, the recipe is excellent, thank you!

    17 . Feb . 2021

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