Top Ten Traditional Spanish Dishes

published by wazy23 on Mar 12, 2010

List of the best authentic foods from Spain and a little bit of information about them.


Cozido is a famous stew in Spain, usually eaten as a main dish. It typically consists of meat, sausages, vegetables, and garbanzo beans or chickpeas.

Tortilla de Patatas

Tortilla de patatas is a typical Spanish dish consisting of an egg omelet with fried potatoes. Sometimes it contains onions.


Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. The three main types of paella dishes are Valencian paella, seafood paella, and mixed paella.


Gazpacho is a cold tomato-based vegetable soup. It originated in the southern region of Andalucía. In Spain, Gazpacho has become a generic term for vegetable soup.


Turrón is a nougat confection made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts. It is usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake.


Fideuà is a dish typical of the Valencian Community, in Spain. It originated in the 1960s in the city of Gandia, when thin noodles like vermicelli were used instead of rice in the popular dish paella.


Marmitako is made of some kind of fish, usually tuna, with onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and pimientos. It used to be eaten by fishermen on tuna fishing boats in the Cantabrian Sea.


In the Canary Islands, Gofio means flour made from roasted grains or other starchy plants. Gofio is a highly versatile product which can be added to stews, desserts, soups, ice cream, and sauces. It is very rich in vitamins, proteins, fibre, and minerals. Canarian miners used to use it a lot because it can be stored for long periods while still retaining its goodness.


Spanish chorizo is made from coarsely chopped pork and pork fat, seasoned with smoked paprika and salt. There are hundreds of regional varieties of Spanish chorizo, both smoked and unsmoked, which may contain garlic, herbs and other ingredients.


Polvorón is made from milk, flour, sugar, and nuts. It is popularly eaten on Christmas.

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  1. # 1 by Debbie Leonard
    March 31st, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    I enjoyed a dish of Paella a year ago during a trip to Spain. The best place to get it on the Gulf Coast of Florida is the famous Columbia Restaurant in Tampa. I have a recipe for Olive Tapenade that your readers may enjoy?
    Thanks for your post!

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