What are the best Spanish tapas?

If you truly want to experience Spain, then you shouldn't miss this list of best Spanish tapas that you could find in the restaurants, or just recreate them if you would rather cook at home. Just let us know if you have tried other good tapas that should be included here by dropping a solution!

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    #1Patatas Bravas

    Patatas Bravas

    Patatas Bravas are bite-sized, crispy-fried potato chunks paired with the brava sauce, a thick, spicy mixture that gives its flavor a kick. The term 'brava' is a Spanish word for 'fierce'; thus, it's supposed to be served hot and spicy.

    Elizabeth Davidson
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "This tapa has the simplest ingredients but I don't think I'll ever get tired of eating it. This might be a basic Spanish appetizer but it really deserves the top spot on this list 👍"
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    #2Croquetas de Jamón

    Croquetas de Jamón

    Croquetas de Jamón is a bite-sized light breaded ham fritter that's always served for an afternoon snack. It's easy to prepare as the breaded croquette dough can be made ahead and frozen. In times of hunger, just pop them into the fryer.

    Raúl González
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "Of course, ham croquettes are on the list ❤️️ These fritters are one of the best tapas in Spain and every household claims that their mom makes the best croquetas de Jamón and they might be right. Easy to make but amazing taste!"
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    #3Tortilla Española

    Tortilla Española

    Tortilla Española, mostly known as Spanish Omelet, is made of potatoes and egg that's usually served for light dinners. It can be a sandwich by placing a slice of it between two baguettes.Also, it's considered the most served Spanish tapa.

    Judith Hart
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "Well well, you can never go wrong with a Spanish Omelet... I mean everybody kids or adults like it and you can serve it any time of the day with rice or bread and it'll still be yummy "
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    #4Calamares a la Romana

    Calamares a la Romana

    This crunchy finger food is made of thick-sliced squid, cut into rings and coated with flour with a mayonnaise-like sauce on the side. Also called Fried Calamari, it's a well-known Spanish tapa that's served with a hot lemon or a glass of wine.

    Albert Fox
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "We went to this fancy tapas restaurant and ordered their fried calamari and it's actually really good but I find it expensive so I don't think we'll be coming back there. I'm planning to recreate this dish coz the ingredients are easy to find and the process doesn't seem too complicated. Wish me luck ✌️"
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    #5Gambas al Ajillo

    Gambas al Ajillo

    Spanish Garlic Shrimp is an appetizing tapa for its flavorful garlic variation. It's sauteed with loads of garlic, seasoned with paprika and pepper, and cooked in a lemon sauce. A small amount of brandy can make it more flavorful.

    Bruce Bowman
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "WOW! This looks amazing 😍 but I don't think I can pull it off. It has two of my favorites (garlic and shrimp) so I'm really looking forward to trying it. Can you guys suggest any restaurant that serves Gambas al ajillo preferably for delivery? "
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    #6Jamón, Queso y Chorizo con Pan

    Jamón, Queso y Chorizo con Pan

    Ham, Cheese, and Chorizo with Bread is a Spanish tapa that's served all together in a plate. It may be cooked or not as others prefer to eat them raw and fresh. It's mostly eaten with all of it placed on top of baguette slices, an instant ready-to-eat finger food.

    Ai Dai
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "I initially clicked because I was curious with the name of the dish but it turns out it's just a platter full of all the ingredients 😂 At least now I have an idea what to serve our Spanish guest "
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    #7Pulpo Gallego

    Pulpo Gallego

    Pulpo Gallego, also known as Octopus tapa, is served on top of boiled potatoes, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with sweet paprika. This Spanish tapa is best served with either fresh or frozen octopus to avoid the fishy smell.

    Teresa Walker
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "My dad loves octopus and squid so I bet he'll love this dish. It's also a complete meal because it has boiled potatoes instead of rice or pasta 💪"
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    A cold Gazpacho soup is made with a raw and blended combination of tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, onions, vinegar, pepper, and garlic oil. Though it's widely used all year, this Spanish tapa is purposely served as a refreshment in the summer.

    Daniel Ortega
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "Now this looks interesting, Gazpacho is like a combination of spices but served cold? I guess this is like Korea's cold noodles, seems weird but actually tastes great"


Best What are the best Spanish tapas
1Patatas BravasOther 16 Paid
2Croquetas de JamónOther 12 Paid
3Tortilla EspañolaOther 10 Paid
4Calamares a la RomanaOther 4 Paid
5Gambas al AjilloOther 3 Paid
6Jamón, Queso y Chorizo con PanOther 3 Paid
7Pulpo GallegoOther 2 Paid
8GazpachoOther 1 Paid

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