Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas – A Taste of Spain

My kids (and I) were obsessed with patatas bravas while we were in Spain and we have continued to make this delicious side dish to go with dinner or just to enjoy as an after school snack.

Jump to Recipe
Patatas Bravas - Amazing Spanish Potatoes
Amazing Spanish Potatoes
What are Patatas Bravas?

Patatas bravas are basically crispy potatoes topped with a slightly spicy, smoky paprika sauce. So good! Even if you don’t want to make patatas bravas and you are just looking for a delicious sauce for dipping your french fries … this recipe will come in handy. I promise that these crispy potatoes are kid – and adult – approved – and super easy.

Truly A Taste Of Spain

The patatas bravas pictured below are an example of the potatoes we enjoyed in Spain … basically, every day.

Patatas Bravas - Amazing Spanish Potatoes
Patatas Bravas in Spain! I feel like mine are pretty close to the real deal … 🙂

If you have been to Spain, I hope this recipe brings back some delicious memories. And, if you haven’t made it to Spain yet, this is a tiny taste of how amazing all of the food is over there!

Patatas Bravas - Amazing Spanish Potatoes
Delicious! And Easy…
Kitchen Hack – Use Leftover Baked Potatoes!

One of my favorite tricks for making easy potato side dishes is to bake extra white potatoes whenever I have some on hand. For this recipe, I had 5 pre-cooked baked potatoes sitting in the fridge, begging to be used.

Want an authentic taste of Spain? Make these amazing patatas bravas. Potatoes with a beautiful spicy paprika sauce.
Patatas Bravas In Spain
How To Make Crispy Potatoes

To make the potatoes ready for patatas bravas: I chopped up my leftover baked potatoes into neat chunks and cooked them over high heat in hot butter. Let them get crispy and then flip them over. That’s it. I can’t even write up a recipe for that because it’s so easy. I will, however, share my recipe for the amazing bravas sauce. Bravas means fierce or courageous in Spanish, so the sauce should have a little kick.

You Need Paprika In Your Life

I brought back paprika from Spain and I have found ways to use it in everything. One of the paprikas is a little spicier than the other, so I like to use that one in this sauce. Give this a try and let me know if you’re a fan!!

Want an authentic taste of Spain? Make these amazing patatas bravas. Potatoes with a beautiful spicy paprika sauce.
Patatas Bravas – Bring a taste of Spain to your dinner table

Patatas Bravas Recipe

Patatas Bravas
5 from 1 vote

Patatas Bravas

These patatas bravas are amazing! Make them. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 225 kcal
Author Erin Brighton


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 3/4 c mayonnaise
  • 1 t apple cider vinegar
  • Splash siracha
  • 1 T paprika ground
  • 1 T olive oil


  1. Process 4 cloves garlic & 1/4 red onion & salt in a food processor.

  2. Add 3 T tomato paste, 3/4 c mayonnaise, 1 t apple cider vinegar, a splash of siracha, and 1 Tablespoon paprika. Food process again.

  3. Add olive oil to smooth it out so it's creamy. Process again. Taste! Adjust. Enjoy!

If you need a taste of Spain … read these! 

Simple Red Wine Sangria

Barcelona With Kids – Food and Fun!

If you want more potato recipes, make these! 

Roasted and Smashed Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Twins in Spain - amazing food and drink
The twins – ready to help me eat my way around Spain!


Amazing Spanish Sides! Patatas Bravas
Amazing Spanish Sides! Patatas Bravas

Categories / Search

Instagram Feed

Pinterest Feed


Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

2 thoughts on “Patatas Bravas – A Taste of Spain”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Scroll to Top