Patatas Bravas potatoes are a popular Spanish tapas dish made with potatoes and a spicy tomato based sauce. This quick and easy patatas bravas recipe takes ten minutes to prep and forty minutes in the oven.
How to Make Patatas Bravas
Making this famous tapas dish couldn’t be easier. Simply cut the potatoes into bite size pieces, toss them in olive oil and salt & pepper, and then roast them in a oven for 40 minutes (scroll to bottom for full recipe.)
Why is it Called Patatas Bravas & How is it Pronounced?
Patatas Bravas, also called patatas a la brava or papas bravas is pronounced puh·taa·tuhz braa·vuhz, and translates to “Spicy Potatoes.” Patatas means “potatoes” and bravas roughly translates to “strong” or “brave” and is in reference to the bright red and slightly spicy Brava sauce.
What Kind of Potatoes to Use?
Starchy or all-purpose potatoes are best for patatas bravas as the outside will get crispy and the inside will become creamy when roasted. Yukon Gold, Russet, Asterix, or fingerling potatoes and all fall into these categories.
What is Patatas Bravas Sauce Made of?
Brava Sauce, sometimes called the “Mediterranean hot sauce,” is perhaps the most well-known sauce in Spanish cuisine and can come in a thousand, slightly tweaked incarnations. It is essentially a spicy tomato sauce, and a traditional Salsa Brava is made from tomatoes, olive oil, and cayenne, and a few other ingredients. Compared to Latin American hot sauces this spice is typically mild.
Brava sauce is not just the perfect accompaniment to patatas bravas, it’s great as a sauce on chargrilled meat on a tasty barbecue. It also makes for a great dip with toasted bread or vegetables.
A twist on Patatas Bravas is serving them with a garlic aïloi sauce which is also a traditional Spanish sauce combining garlic, mayonnaise and oil.
Patatas Bravas Sauces to Buy
- El Navarrico Spicy Salsa Brava (La Rioja region) – Tangy, mildly spicy sauce that is a blend of extra virgin olive oil, piquillo peppers, garlic and spicy smoked paprika.
- Ferrer Brava Sauce – A traditional brava sauce available in medium or moderately spicy.
- Iberia Spicy Spanish Brava Sauce – A combination of spicy Spanish hot sauce and creamy mayonnaise.
- La Victoria Sauce Hot Salsa Brava – Very hot.
- “The Tapas Sauce” Salsa Brava (from Spain) – Made with tomatoes, vegetable oil (olive and sunflower), onion, peppers and chili sauce.
What to Serve with Patatas Bravas?
Patatas Bravas are delicious served on their own or with other tapas plates. For American fare, chicken wings, BBQ chicken, steak, burgers, and fish e.g., cod, salmon, and sea bass are delicious options with Patatas Bravas.
See our tasty list of tapas dishes for other small plates to serve with this dish.
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- 4 medium potatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Peel and cut potatoes into bite-size pieces
- Toss them in olive oil, salt & pepper
- Roast the potatoes for 40 minutes
- Serve with traditional Salsa Brava sauce or aioli (or both)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.