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Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes | Patatas al Pil Pil Recipe

These Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes, known in Spain as Patatas al Pil Pil, are packed with flavors, easy to make and done in 30 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer or even as a side dish, next to some Spanish cod and a salad.

Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes
What gives these potatoes that spicy kick is the hot smoked Spanish paprika. You can also use half the amount of chili powder. Either way, the secret is to add just a bit, enough for a spicy kick, as Spanish cooking is not known for having dishes that are too spicy.

Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes
To make this dish I used new potatoes, but you can use any potatoes you like. I also peeled the potatoes, as that´s how this dish is typically prepared. However, if you prefer, you can leave the peels on the potatoes.

Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I fried the potatoes in extra virgin olive oil. This is what gives this dish that magical flavor. Very important to use a medium heat and nothing higher, otherwise the olive oil will smoke and lose its beautiful flavor.

Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes

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Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes
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Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes | Patatas al Pil Pil Recipe

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 393 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 125 ml
  • 3 potatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 1/2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 1/2 cup white wine 120 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • handful fresh parsley


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, cut 3 medium sized potatoes (peeled & washed) into small pieces that are 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick

  3. Add the cut potatoes into the pan with the olive oil, mix together so all the potatoes are coated in the olive oil, mix every 3 to 4 minutes

  4. After 22 to 24 minutes and the potatoes are golden fried, drain into a sieve with a bowl underneath, reserve the olive oil

  5. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in 2 tbsp of the reserved olive oil from the potatoes, after 1 minute add in 5 cloves of garlic thinly sliced, mix with the olive oil, after 1 minute add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika and 1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika, mix together, then add in 1/2 cup white wine and simmer for 3 minutes, then add in the fried potatoes and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed

  6. Transfer the potatoes into a serving dish and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Garlic Spanish Potatoes | Patatas al Pil Pil Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 721mg21%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Bill

    How many grams is 3 x potatoes I only have baby sized potatoes?

    16 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      1 kilogram 🙂 Much love!

      17 . Sep . 2022
  3. Lola.B

    5 stars
    Excellent as always !

    25 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      26 . Aug . 2021
  4. Stephen

    Once again, this sounds fabulous. But I don’t like to use so much oil so I’m wondering if I can get the same results by using the air fryer function on my Ninja Foodi.

    25 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes absolutely 🙂 much love

      26 . Aug . 2021

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