Vegetarian Tapas Recipes

Published : 05/04/2017 15:39:31
Categories : Eatapas News , Eatapas Suggestions

Trying to find vegetarian options within Spanish Cuisine can be a relatively hard task; however, there are more out there than you think! Spanish vegetarian dishes are often made with simple, fresh and local ingredients; paired in an inventive way to show off their individual qualities. Dishes tend to be served as a tapas dish on its own or as supper, with many Spanish restaurants giving a vegetarian option on many of their meat dishes. Here are some of our favourite vegan and vegetarian tapas recipes for you to try at home!

vegetarian tapas recipes

Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach and Chickpeas)

Like a warming homemade stew, this dish is the perfect comfort food. Served traditionally as tapa in Seville, this recipe is a take on the traditional with a tasty twist!


  • 1 jar (around 500g or 18 ounces) of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) (note: you could also soak and cook dried garbanzos for even more delicious results, but I find that good quality canned beans do the trick nearly as well)
  • 1 large bag (around 300 grams/10 ounces) fresh spinach, washed
  • 2 thick slices of day old bread (sourdough works well) with crusts removed and cut into cubes
  • 15 blanched unsalted Marcona almonds
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar if sherry vinegar is hard to come by)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Ground cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Smoked Spanish paprika (I use pimentón dulce, but you could also use pimentón picante)

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Pickled Pepper and Sherry Croquetas

You’ll struggle to find a tapas restaurant without croquetas or croquettes the menu. This recipe is perfect for sharing but you may not want to!


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 100g pickled guindilla peppers, drained and finely sliced (see know-how)
  • 110g plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 60ml vegetable stock
  • 280ml whole milk
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 40ml dry sherry, such as fino
  • 2 medium free-range eggs, beaten
  • 60g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 litres sunflower oil for deep-frying

Find out how to make this recipe here.


Vegetarian Tapas Recipes

Images courtesy of Spanish Sabores and Delicious Magazine

Patatas Bravas

A classic tapas dish and a crowd pleaser! Simple and quick to make, and even quicker to eat!


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 227g can chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika (pimenton)
  • good pinch chilli powder
  • pinch sugar
  • chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
  • 900g potato
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Find out how to make this recipe here.


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Spanish Vegetable Tortilla

This Spanish Tortilla recipe is not only delicious but also nutritious! Packed with peas and broccoli this dish is ideal for a healthy lunch or brunch.


  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz (350g) baking potatoes, such as russet or Burbank, peeled and cut into ¾ in (2cm) cubes
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Click here for details on how to make this recipe.


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Images courtesy of BBC Good Food and Cookstr

Garlic and white bean stew with gremolata

This hearty dish will keep you fuller for longer, oh and it tastes pretty good too!


  • 20 garlic cloves (about 2 bulbs), unpeeled
  • 300ml boiling water
  • 25g salted butter
  • 2 celery sticks, finely sliced
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 200ml dry white wine
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tin butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 250g fresh vegetable stock
  • 75g baby spinach
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons

Find out how to make this recipe here.

20-Minute Vegan Spanish Fabada

Originating from Asturias, Fabada is a Spanish bean stew. This recipe differs from most traditional recipes as most are not vegan.


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 15 oz canned or cooked fabes, you can use cannellini beans instead(400 g)
  • ½ or 1 cup water (depending the consistency you're looking for)
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Find out how to make this recipe here.


Images Courtesy of Delcious Magazine and Simple Vegan Blog

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a Mediterranean favourite! This vegan recipe is full of flavour and goodness.


  • 6 Bell Peppers
  • 1 Small courgette
  • 1 Small onion
  • 3 Garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 225g Brown rice
  • 50g Currants
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Sumac (optional)
  • 1 litre Vegetable stock (I use Bouillon)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Click here for details on how to make this dish.


Pisto is a simple Spanish dish made up of peppers, courgettes and tomatoes but is full of flavour! It can be eaten on its own or served as an accompaniment to fried eggs or meat for those meat lovers.


  • 800 grs peppers (red or green)
  • 1 large onion
  • 600 grs courgettes
  • 400 grs smooth sieved tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Images courtesy of Veganuary and The Tapas Lunch Company

Goat’s cheese, fennel & roasted red pepper tart

Sweet caramelised vegetable topped with paprika and warm goats cheese = heaven! This tart can be cut into pieces and makes the perfect addition to any tapas spread.


  • 375g sheet all-butter puff pastry
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large fennel bulb, core removed, finely chopped
  • 1 romano pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 yolk
  • 200ml double cream
  • 100ml milk
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 100g goat’s cheese
  • 12 olives, pitted
  • caper berries, to serve (optional)

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Tomates Rellenos (Stuffed Tomatoes)

This simple recipe is perfect for any barbeque or picnic party!


  • 8 small tomatoes, or 3 large ones
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
  • 6 tablespoons allioli or mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white breadcrumbs, if using large tomatoes

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Images courtesy of BBC Good Food and Easy Tapas Recipes.

Garlic-marinated Black olives

This simple dish is the perfect pairing to a glass of sherry.


  • 1 cup (8 oz) black olives
  • 2 dried red chiles
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • Red vinegar, as required
  • Dash of lemon juice

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Pa amb Tomàquet

This dish is traditional to Catalonia and couldn’t be easier to make! Use high quality ingredients for the best results.


  • day old pan de cristal, cut in half
  • vine-ripened tomato
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt or a fine flake salt
  • fresh garlic

Find out how to make this recipe here.


Images courtesy of Easy Tapas Recipes and Partaste.

Champiñones al ajillo

Mushrooms always taste better cooked in garlic, olive oil and sherry!


  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz) olive oil
  • 4 cups (8 oz) mushrooms, wiped clean and quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chile, seeded and crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Spanish green beans and tomatoes

The perfect side dish for any dinner party!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1kg fresh green beans, cut into 2.5cm lengths
  • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Find out how to make this dish here.


Images courtesy of All Recipes and Easy Tapas Recipes.

Potato, Sweetcorn and Pepper Tortilla

This dish can be served whole or cut into pieces and serves as tapas; either way, it makes for a delicious light lunch!

Ingredients (Serves 4): 

  • 675g (1½lb) potatoes, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and thinly sliced across
  • 1 red, yellow or orange pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 250g (9oz) frozen sweetcorn, thawed
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • pepper to taste

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Tofu calamari a la romana

This is a tofu twist on the tradition Spanish squid dish.

Ingredients for the Predust:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp plain flour

Ingredients for the Batter:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 300ml sparkling water

Ingredients for the Aioli:

  • 4 tbsp Vegan mayo
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Find out how to make this dish here.

Images courtesy of All Recipes and Couldron Foods.

Papas con huevos

Made predominantly from 2 ingredients, eggs and potatoes, this dish is simple and quick to whip up if you’re short of time.


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 eggs, well beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour Tortillas

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Pimientos de Padrón (Blistered Padrón Peppers)

This simple, classic Spanish way of cooking Padron Peppers makes for an tasty little dish.


  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces Padrón peppers
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Find out how to make this recipe here.

Images courtesy of Kitchen Gidget and Serious Eats.

Although not tapas dishes, we had to have these popular vegetarian Spanish dishes on the list!

Vegan Fideua

Fideua is a popular Spanish dish originating from Valencia. It is typically made with seafood and is similar to Paella except it is made with noodles not rice. This recipe is a vegan take on fideua.


  • 1-12 oz package thin noodles
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium size onions, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 8oz frozen peas
  • 7oz frozen artichoke bottoms, quartered
  • 1-28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ½ tbsp sweet paprika

Find out how to make this recipe here.


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Gazpacho Andaluz

Originating in Andalusia, Gazpacho is a delicious cold soup. It is typically served as a soup but can also be served as a vegetable juice shot – the perfect hangover cure!


  • 6-7 medium tomatoes (the quality of the tomatoes is one of the most important factors in the taste, use vine ripened when possible and don’t use the green salad tomatoes!)
  • 1 green Italian pepper (the long type, not a bell pepper)
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ of a small white onion
  • 1 clove of garlic (not too big)
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (again, quality is important)
  • A splash of Sherry vinegar (Vinagre de Jerez, although red or white wine vinegar can be substituted)
  • A pinch (or two) of salt
  • Optional toppings: Diced cucumber, diced green apple, diced onion, diced pepper, croutons, & hard boiled eggs

Find out how to make this recipe here.

 Images courtesy of May I Have That Recipe? and Spanish Sabores

Click here for our range of Vegetarian Gazpachos and Soups. 

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