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12 Dishes to Try on Your Next Spanish Tapas Crawl

Whether you're in Spain or just looking to recreate that semester abroad in Barcelona

The Spanish love their tapas, and it's no surprise why. Who wouldn't love the ritual of hanging outdoors, snacking down a street of local food stands, washing it all down with affordable copas of wine or beer? And despite the country’s meat-loving culture, many of these recipes are perfectly suitable for plant-based diets. These 12 dishes are essential to include on your next Spanish tapas crawl, whether you're in Spain or recreating the experience at home.

Tortilla Espanola

This dish embodies the ethos of "simple is best." With just three simple ingredients (eggs, potatoes, onions), this satisfying dish is a staple on Spanish tables nationwide, no matter the time of day.

Patatas Bravas

These crispy potatoes topped with creamy aioli and spicy tomato purée are crunchy, filling and flavorful.

Pan con Tomate

As simple as it sounds, "bread with tomato" is one of Spain’s most satisfying simple pleasures—especially after a night of too much drinking. To make it at home, rub bread with fresh tomato, olive oil and sea salt.

 
 
 
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Croquetas de Jamón

Nothing screams Spain like a fresh serving of jamón, and like many things, is better when fried.

Pimientos de Padrón

Consider this a Scoville roulette, as one in 10 pimiento peppers tend to pack some serious heat.

Calamares Fritos

Again, fried. Say no more.

 
 
 
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Montaditos

These are essentially bite-sized sandwiches created with an array of fillings that can be either meat- or plant-based.

Champinones al Ajillo

When preparing garlic mushrooms at home, skewer them on a long stick to serve.

Paella de Marisco

The words paella and Spain go hand in hand, especially when fresh seafood is involved. When recreating a tapas crawl at home, this dish not only feeds the masses, but assures you’ll have plenty of leftovers the next day.

Albondigas

It's basic math: The smaller the meatball, the more of them you can eat. If you're making them at home, customize your recipe based on spice and heat level preferences.

Boquerones en Vinagre

Fresh anchovies marinated in vinegar, olive oil and garlic aren't shy in the flavor department.

Pulpo Gallego

This stewed octopus with paprika dish is an absolute staple in Spanish culture.

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