Recipe: Spanish Tortilla

I found some potatoes languishing at the back of my cupboard and some peppers sitting lonely in the fridge yesterday. The spring onions were starting to wilt and my bowl of onion is overflowing. I racked my brains for a minutes and decided on a Spanish Tortilla to use up all my sad looking vegetables. This really is a simple recipe that you can adjust to your fancy. As long as there are eggs and potatoes involved! I used onion, garlic, pepper and potatoes and loads of eggs. I love Spanish food, the flavours really pop, in my opinion!


spanish tortillaSpanish Tortilla makes an excellent picnic or lunch item so get one whipped up today. They taste best cold in my opinion but last night I ate a warm slice with a large dollop of garlic mayonnaise. It was delicious.spanish tortillaspanish tortilla

Spanish Tortilla

  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 baking potatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • splash of milk
  • large pinch of coarse sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Par-boil the potatoes in boiling water for 7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, slowly fry the onions with a pinch of salt until golden. Add the garlic and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes and allow to cool in the pan while the onions etc. cook.
  4. Chuck the pepper in the frying pan and stir well. Once the pepper starts catching on the skin add the potato.
  5. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk well. Splash in a bit of milk and mix well. Add a good amount of freshly ground black pepper and the spring onion.
  6. Pour the egg over the potato mixture. Keep the heat medium-low. Once the egg has set on the bottom and started to harden around the edges it is ready for the grill.
  7. Place the frying pan under a hot grill. Keep an eye on the tortilla and it will be ready when the top is golden brown.
  8. Serve with your favourite sauce, I recommend garlic mayo, and maybe a fresh salad.

spanish tortilla slice

What is your favourite picnic food?




  1. 28 March 2012 / 10:11 am

    This sounds so good! I’ve got a bunch of potatoes and veg to use up before the easter break – this will be perfect! Love the new design as well x

    • Elizabeth
      28 March 2012 / 2:30 pm

      awesome. and thank you Vic!x

  2. 28 March 2012 / 11:10 am

    I love a good tortilla! Yours looks amazing!

    (I have been out of the blog loop for a few weeks, a fairly large case of Life being in the way, I love the new look.)

    • Elizabeth
      28 March 2012 / 2:30 pm

      thanks Lisa-Marie. You have been missed!x

  3. Emma
    28 March 2012 / 12:02 pm

    I love tortilla i slice my potatoes really thin and fry them before i use them instead of boiling them.mmmmmm

    Love the new design btw…almost didn’t recognise you!

    • Elizabeth
      28 March 2012 / 2:30 pm

      ooh, that’s a great idea. frying anything makes it much tastier.

      • Emma
        29 March 2012 / 10:13 am

        Couldn’t agree more 🙂

  4. 28 March 2012 / 4:39 pm

    I often use a tortilla as a quick one-pan weekday supper. It’s so filling, uses one pan and is dead easy.

    I sometimes do a variation where I use pulses (chickpeas, borlotti beans or even kidney beans) instead of the potato, not really a tortilla but the same idea!

    • Elizabeth
      28 March 2012 / 8:29 pm

      oooh, I like the pulses idea. I have a big crush on chickpeas at the moment.

  5. Nicole
    28 March 2012 / 5:18 pm

    wow.yum yum yummy tortilla!. i just imagine how tasty that is. love your recipe.!

  6. 28 March 2012 / 8:56 pm

    I don’t know why I stopped making these. Perfect food for this weather. I may make one in the near future – thanks for the inspiration!

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