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All Recipes, Tapas / January 25, 2021

Spanish Widowed Potatoes | Probably the Best-Tasting Potatoes

These Spanish Widowed Potatoes, known in Spain as Patatas Viudas, are probably the Best-Tasting potatoes. They´re loaded with so many great flavors, easy to make and come together in a little over 40 minutes.

Spanish Widowed Potatoes
Ok, so why the weird name of widowed potatoes? Because these potatoes feel like a complete meal, except there is no meat or fish. In Spain, these potatoes are usually served as a tapas dish, but they also work great as a side dish.

Spanish Widowed Potatoes
What really flavors this dish is the spices. A combination of sweet smoked Spanish paprika & saffron. And of course, a great broth is what brings it all together.

Spanish Widowed Potatoes
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: When you add the broth into the pan, you just want to barely cover the potatoes. This is enough to cook the potatoes through and give you a little bit of sauce at the end. Which is the magic of this dish.

Spanish Widowed Potatoes

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5 from 2 votes

Spanish Widowed Potatoes | Patatas Viudas Recipe

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 600 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • sea salt & black pepper


  1. Roughly dice 1/2 onion, thinly slice 4 cloves garlic, roughly chop 1/2 red & 1/2 green bell pepper, finely grate 2 tomatoes and cut 2 large potatoes (peeled) into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) pieces

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat and add in 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil, after 1 minute add in the diced onion, sliced garlic and chopped bell peppers, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the grated tomato, give it a mix and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the tomato has thickened up, then add in the chopped potatoes, 1 teaspoon (2.30 grams) sweet smoked paprika and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well combined, then add in about 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) vegetable broth, just enough to slightly cover the potatoes, a 1/4 tsp (.17 grams) saffron threads and 1 bay leaf, give it a quick mix so everything is evenly mixed together

  3. Once the broth comes to a boil, place a lid on the pan and lower the fire to a low-medium heat

  4. After 20 to 25 minutes the potatoes should be perfectly cooked, you can always pierce them with a toothick to ensure they are fully cooked through, remove from the heat and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. Lee

    What can I substitute for the grated tomatoes? I know you’ve mentioned it in other recipes, but I can’t locate one right now. Also, how much of this tomato sub would I need?
    Thank you for having tasty, healthy, easy, plant based recipes.

    14 . Feb . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can use canned tomato sauce, you need about 1/2 cup or 125 grams 🙂 much love!

      14 . Feb . 2021
  2. David Kropp

    5 stars
    Wonderful for a light dinner. Substituted turmeric for the saffron ☹️ but the taste was still fantastic. Thanks for this!

    31 . Jan . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      01 . Feb . 2021
  3. Mirandamom

    5 stars

    29 . Jan . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      29 . Jan . 2021

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