Spanish tortilla or tortilla española is always our favorite savory snack in Spain. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about our mid day snack with coffee (yes, we have our piece of Spanish tortilla with coffee) or our afternoon snack, there will be Spanish tortilla. And when we are talking about authentic Spanish tortilla there is olive oil, a frying pan, potatoes, eggs, and in mi case, onion involved.

What to serve with Spanish Tortilla or what we need to organice our Spanish tapas board?

For me it’s clear: homemade Spanish tortilla, bread with fresh tomatoes and olive oil, Spanish cured jam and olives, just to start.

To prepare the Spanish tomato bread we use if we can find them “ramillet” tomatoes. They are juicy, and perfect to prepare your bread, but if you can find them, any ripe tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil, salt and french bread will be perfect and delicious .

To be honest, there is not one recipe to cook Spanish tortilla; each family has its own. always happens with typical recipes, but for me onions, potatoes and olive oil are always the winner combination.  Even if you are not a onion lover, just give it a try, cook medium heat the onion and the sweetness will combine with the eggs to have the best Tortilla Española you will ever tasted.

Could I add chorizo to my Spanish Tortilla?

Of course, chorizo is accepted on Spanish Tortilla and you can find my Spanish Tortilla with chorizo recipe on this blog, also green peppers and other vegetables, but the traditional one has the three main ingredientes: potatoes+onion+eggs.

I’ve been reading many Tortilla Española recipes lately on huge recipe websites that honestly, are not authentic Spanish tortilla. So congratulations to New York Times and some other ones, because happily, their recipes are real, and please, forget about other suggestions. This is not a tortilla!

How to cook prepare the easy Spanish Tortilla recipe?

First things first, you will need a non-stick pan and olive oil. 

To cook the potatoes and the onions I recommend medium heat once the oil is hot enough and wait them to cook until they are tender enough. 

After that you can add the potatoes to the egg batter and cook one side of the Spanish Tortilla medium heat. 

To turn the omelette upside down you must be really careful, there is hot oil involved, you can use a plate and take your time to turn it down carefully. 

How to serve Tortilla Española?

Once again, there are many options. Some people prefer the omelette freshly cooked and another people like it the day after. 

You can just choose your best option and is not a bad idea to cook your Tortilla Española the day before and serve in the moment you have people around, or just enjoy the Spanish tortilla leftovers the day after with a good salad (or for breakfast. It’s accepted as breakfast in Spain). 

Could I freeze Spanish tortilla? 

Is not recommened. You will loose the texture. Is preferable to have the tortilla leftovers the day after cooking.

Authentic Tortilla Española Recipe (Spanish Tortilla)

Course Main course, Side
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword Española, Omelette, Spanish, Tortilla
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost 5$


  • Frying pan


  • 5 unit Eggs L size
  • 6 unit Potatoes Medium size
  • 1/2 or 1 unit Onion
  • 1 cup Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • First we peel the potatoes and cut them into small pieces, small squares are perfect. We don’t need them to have perfect shapes.
  • Once we had cut the potatoes we add salt and black pepper.
  • We cut one onion into small pieces and set aside for later.
  • In a big bowl enough mix the eggs, add salt and pepper and set aside for later. 
  • Preheat your olive oil on your pan, around 1 inch will be enough to fry our potatoes. 
  • Once the oil is hot enough we can start frying our potatoes at medium heat (using a 1-9 ceramic stove, being 9 the maximum heat, 6 is perfect). The oil must almost cover the potatoes to let them cook uniformly. Now we must be patient and let the potatoes cook well until they have a tender-crunchy texture.
  • When the potatoes are half cooked we can add the onion to the frying oil to let the onion cook with the potatoes.
  • When the potatoes and onions are fried enough we can take out them from the oil with the help of our slotted spoon to retire the excess of oil. 
  • Now we can add the potatoes and onion to the bowl where we have the whisked eggs and mix it well together. 
  • We can use the same oil where we prepared the potatoes to prepare our omelette, but we will have to retire some if there is an excess of oil, we won’t need more than half inch. 
  • With our slotted spoon we put the eggs and potato batter on the hot oil.
  • We let the batter fry for one side medium heat, be careful not to burnt the base. 
  • With the help of a plate and being very careful we will turn the omelette upside down.
  • Before cooking the other side add some oil again not to burn the other side and let it cook again. 
  • Retire from the stove and enjoy your Tortilla Española. 

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  1. Tortilla española is one of my favorites dishes in the whole world. Thank You for sharing your recipe

  2. I love Spanish Tapas. Pan con tomate is one of my favorites. And my tortilla with onions too!

  3. I love tortilla española and like to have it the following day. This one is my favorite Spanish tapas. I like it with chorizo, pimientos, aceitunas; you name it! It’s has been a while since the last time I made one at home!

  4. Tortilla Española is my favorite Spanish tapas! I love make it at Home, thank You for sharing The recipe💜

  5. Tortilla Española is always the best tapas we have. With this lovely tomato sauce to dip, we only need some serrano ham to be a special dinner. xxx

    1. Author

      Yes, Spanish Tortilla is always the best, and with “jamón serrano”, the perfect match.

  6. I love this recipe and it’s great to have an authentic one to try!

  7. Yum! This is one of our favorite dishes on breakfast-for-dinner night! Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.

  8. I love this authentic tortilla recipe, it was so delicious!

  9. We made this for lunch and it was a huge hit!

  10. I love this recipe! It is so authentic but at the same time easy! Your tips are perfect!

    1. Author

      Thank you Jenn, let me know if you have any doubts with the Spanish tortilla

  11. As a native Spaniard, I wholeheartedly recommend trying out this Spanish Tortilla recipe. The recipe is authentic and true to our culinary heritage, providing a fantastic opportunity for foreigners to experience the delicious flavors and textures of this classic Spanish dish.

    1. Author

      Thank you sooo much, the comment means a lot for me, and I’ve visited your site and love it too, the leche frita recipe is the same my grandma cooks.


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