How to Make Spanish Omelette; Our Favourite Recipes

Published : 04/11/2017 17:46:36
Categories : Eatapas News

Originating in the Basque Country, Spanish Omelette is one of Spain’s most recognisable and versatile dishes. It is consumed not only in Spain but all over the world, being particularly popular in South American Countries. Made from Eggs and Potatoes, it is a simple yet delicious traditional dish! There is a common debate over whether onions should also be used in the dish, resulting in there being many recipe variations. As it’s one of our favourite Spanish dishes, we wanted to delve deeper into its history and share with you how to make Spanish Omelette.

Tortilla Española

Spanish Omelette’s traditional Spanish name is Spanish Tortilla, Tortilla Española or Tortilla de Patatas. Its name differentiates it from a plain omelette and the Mexican wheat tortilla. Tortilla is the small form of “torta” meaning “small cake” and is one of Spain’s most versatile dishes as a variety of ingredients can be added, such as chorizo or peppers. You’d struggle to find a Spanish restaurant or bar with this tasty dish absent from their menu. Spanish Omelettes can be served in a variety of ways, but is most commonly served either hot or cold as a “tapa” or appetizer. Traditionally, mothers would serve Spanish Omelette to their children for lunch as a sandwich or "bocadillo".

The exact origin of the Spanish Omelette is unknown since there are different tales on how it was created. The first reference to Spanish Tortilla was found in a Navarrese document in 1817, explaining the contrasting conditions of peasants and residents of Pamplona and other areas of Navarra. Legend has it that Tomás de Zumalacárregui invented Spanish Tortilla as a nutritious, simple dish to feed the Carlist armies during the siege of Bilbao. The final tale states that a house wife from Navarra created the dish by chance from the ingredients she had when Zumalacárregui stopped by and demanded a meal. It is said that he liked the dish so much that he took the recipe idea with him.

The Spanish Omelette has many variations, from simple and traditional to non-traditional recipes which add many different ingredients. In Madrid, the dish can be called ‘tortillas bravas’, served with a spicy sauce similar to that of patatas bravas.

Here’s some of our favourite recipes.


Spanish Omelette

This recipe is as simple and traditional as it gets! If you prefer your Spanish Omelette without onion, just leave it out.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 kilogram (about 2 pounds) of potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 large eggs (free range if possible)
  • 1 onion
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Spanish Omelette with Chorizo

Fancy spicing things up a bit? Try adding chorizo to your Spanish Omelette. Simple yet delicious!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 45ml/ 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 350g/12oz cooked new potatoes, sliced
  • 75g/3oz chorizo sausage, sliced
  • 6 large British Lion eggs

Find out how to make this recipe here.

You may also like: How to make Paella - Our Favourite Recipes.


Spanish Omelette

Sweet potato and pepper Spanish omelette

Offering a sweet and spicy flavour, this Spanish Omelette recipe offers something a little different, and will keep you fuller for longer!

Ingredients (serves 3):

  • 1 large peeled sweet potato cut in half lengthways and then into 5mm (¼in) slices
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red pepper deseeded and cut into thin slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 6 British Lion eggs, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander chopped

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Cheesy Spanish Omelette

Packed with healthy vegetables and tasty cheese, this is the perfect recipe for kids.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 4 eggs
  • 200g potatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot (optional), finely chopped
  • 2 florets of broccoli (optional), finely chopped
  • ½ red pepper, finely chopped
  • cheddar cheese (to taste), grated

Find out how to make this recipe here.


Spanish Omelette

Spinach and Onion Spanish Tortilla

This recipe full of goodness and is perfect for lunch, dinner and as tapas!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 5 medium free-range eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 250g fresh spinach leaves, washed and chopped
  • 40g Cheddar, grated

Find out how to make this recipe here.


Tortilla Española with Brava Sauce and Chorizo

This recipe is a take on the Madrid classic ‘tortillas bravas’. Similar to Patatas Bravas, this is another Spanish favourite!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 chorizo sausage, cut into 1cm dice
  • paprika and basil leaves, to garnish
  • Tortilla
  • 400g potatoes, peeled, cut into 2cm cubes
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 24 baby basil leaves
  • ½ tbs for sweet paprika for garnish
  • 1 chorizo sausage finely diced

Brava Sauce

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1 long red chilli deseeded
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Spanish Omelette Mix

This mix makes it even easier to make a Spanish Omelette! Add other ingredients at your own taste (peppers, onions, etc.)


  • Potatoes
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Salt
  • Add 5 or 6 Eggs

Find this product here.


If this has made you hungry for more, check out our selection of Artisan Spanish and Mediterranean products here.


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