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Southern-Style Spanish Tomato Sauce | Salsa de Tomate a la Andaluza

In this recipe, I will show you the secret ingredient to making the best tomato sauce ever. We´re talking a Southern-Style Spanish Tomato Sauce, known in Spain as Salsa de Tomate a la Andaluza. The secret ingredient? Sherry Vinegar. It gives the sauce an incredible depth of flavors and brings it all together.

Spanish Tomato Sauce
This tomato sauce works perfect with just about any meal. Pour it over pasta for a delicious dinner, next to some grilled fish for a touch of the Mediterranean diet or even next to some fried eggs for an amazing breakfast. Either way, the flavors of this tomato sauce will blow you away.

Spanish Tomato Sauce
To make this recipe, I used tomatoes off the vine, but you can use any tomatoes you like. If you can´t find fresh in-season tomatoes, you can also use canned tomatoes or canned tomato sauce to make this recipe. I have done it in the past, and the tomato sauce is still super flavorful.

Spanish Tomato Sauce

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: As stated above, the magical factor to this tomato sauce is the Sherry Vinegar. You can use other vinegars here, such as: White wine vinegar, red wine vinegar or even apple cider vinegar. But the Sherry vinegar, is what gives it that incredible depth of Spanish goodness.

Spanish Tomato Sauce

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Tomato Sauce
5 from 2 votes

Southern-Style Spanish Tomato Sauce | Salsa de Tomate a la Andaluza

Course Sauces
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 145 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 12 tomatoes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • dash granulated sugar


  1. Finely grate 12 fresh tomatoes into a large bowl, you want to end up with about 2 1/2 cups (560 grams) of grated tomato, then mix together and set aside

  2. Finely chop 1/2 green bell pepper, finely dice 1/2 onion and roughly chop 5 cloves of garlic

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  4. After 2 minutes, add in the onions, green bell pepper and garlic, mix together with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika and 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, give it a quick mix, then add in the grated tomato, season with sea salt, black pepper and a kiss of granulated sugar, mix together and simmer

  5. After 16 to 18 minutes and the tomato sauce has thickened up, add in 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley, turn off the heat, mix together and remove the pan from the stove top, serve warm or even chilled, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Southern-Style Spanish Tomato Sauce | Salsa de Tomate a la Andaluza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 954mg27%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3421IU68%
Vitamin C 67mg81%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Tracy

    5 stars
    This beats any tomato sauce ever! Instead of grating tomatoes, I made passata. Thank you for this wonderful sauce that can be used on so many things.

    21 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Much love 🙂

      22 . Sep . 2022
  2. Mandy

    Could I use red wine vinegar instead of Sherry vinegar?

    24 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love 🙂

      25 . Jul . 2022
  3. Chris

    5 stars
    Excellent. I always feel that store-bought tomato sauce is too pasty. This is wonderful. Easy to make – I served it over no-yolk noodles. Another winner. Getting my Spanish-cooking game on!

    12 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      12 . Dec . 2021

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