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    The 25 BEST Spanish Appetizers

    Are you in search of delicious appetizers to serve at your next dinner party? If so, then look no further! Spanish appetizers are the perfect way to kick off a meal and leave your guests satisfied.

    From tasty tapas such as patatas bravas and croquettes, to yummy empanadas and veggie dishes, these classic dishes offer new flavors for your party guests. We have included huge Spanish classics like Gambas al Ajillo, Albondigas, Espinacas con Garbanzos among others.

    Cook your way through all of these amazing Spanish appetizers, and put on the best spread ever!

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    Spanish Appetizers:

    1. Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp)

    This Gambas al Ajillo is the best recipe to start this list of Spanish appetizers with.

    Imagine plump shrimp making a grand entry, sizzling and bubbling in an insanely delicious sauce. Sounds wonderful, right? It tastes out of this world delicious, too.

    Serve this super simple delicacy with nice crispy bread and a glass of wine, and enjoy this Spanish garlic shrimp with everyone.

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    2. Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs)

    Albondigas, or Spanish Meatballs, will become a new favorite tapas for meatball lovers.

    These are not your regular meatballs. They are cooked in a delicious tomato sauce for a long time with warm Spanish paprika and other great spices, making them absolutely outstanding and special.

    They are traditionally served on small plates with crunchy bread and drizzled with generous good quality EVOO. You can also pair it with your favorite pasta, or as is with toothpicks.

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    3. Pan con Jamón

    Get ready to meet my new favorite appetizer, all the way from Spain… Pan con Jamón!

    This one is as easy as it gets, but it’s so, so addictive. You only need three ingredients, but it’s a sure crowd pleaser.


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    4. Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spanish Spinach with Chick Peas)

    In just 15 minutes, you can create the most exotic tapas at home with this Spanish Spinach with Chickpeas recipe famously known as Espinacas con Garbanzos.

    This classic dish from Seville has warm, cozy, earthy tones of cumin and smoked paprika along with a dash of garlic, sweet raisins, and almond slivers, then drizzled with a good amount of EVOO, this dish is outstanding!

    You will love every bite of this regional Spanish classic!

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    5. Spanish Summer Salad (Pipirrana)

    Pipirrana, a Spanish Summer Salad straight from southern Spain, is sure to be a new summertime favorite.

    All you need is fresh sweet tomatoes, crunchy peppers, cool cucumbers, and some ripe olives, along with hard-boiled eggs for protein. Drizzle it all with a simple and quick garlic vinaigrette, and it’s done!

    Savor it as is with some crispy bread, or pair it with your favorite grilled protein. Everyone will completely devour it!

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    6. Spanish Clams with Chorizo

    Spanish tapas can uplift any event to the next level, and this Spanish Clams with Chorizo recipe is a great example. Be it a date night or a special occasion, this dish will win everyone’s hearts.

    This is one of those dishes where just a few ingredients combine to form something incredibly delicious. Simply simmer your Spanish clams with cannellini beans, chorizo, and other great spices to get the best out of this dish.

    This classy dish will definitely wow your loved ones!

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    7. Pisto

    Looking for a hearty, veggie-packed stew? Enter: Pisto. With eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, onion, and tomatoes drenched in olive oil, this rustic dish rivals caponata and ratatouille.

    Serve it up in individual casseroles with some crusty bread or crostini on the side for the perfect Spanish appetizer spread.

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    8. Patatas Bravas

    Patatas Bravas makes a great add-on to your Spanish-themed party as a flavorful vegetarian appetizer.

    This Spanish treat is made with crispy golden potatoes topped with a bold, spicy red salsa brava sauce. It’s then drizzled with creamy garlic aioli and becomes a super addictive treat!

    Baking this appetizer instead of frying it makes it just as crispy and healthy, too.

    Get the Recipe @ foxandbriar

    9. Spanish Empanadas 

    Empanadas are everyone’s favorite snack in all of Spain and many other Latin-speaking countries.

    An empanada is a doughy and flaky pie generously stuffed with savory fillings. Traditionally, these savory fixings are onions, bell peppers, and minced meat, but there are many various other ideas for empanada filling.

    You will simply love these Spanish Empanadas!

    Get the Recipe @ spanishfoodguide

    10. Pan Con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread)

    Now this appetizer is super easy. Just fresh tomatoes, bread, garlic, olive oil, and voila! Pan con Tomate, or Spanish Tomato bread, is ready to serve.

    Such an easy and quick dish to whip up for your friends and family, it’s one of our favorite Spanish appetizers!

    Get the Recipe @ themediterraneandish

    11. Manchego Croquetas 

    If you’re a fan of mozzarella sticks, these Spanish cheese Croquetas will be your new favorites.

    Thick, creamy béchamel sauce, loaded with sharp manchego cheese is fried to crispy perfection. What better Spanish appetizer is there than this with a cold chilled beer?

    Get the Recipe @ thesugarhit

    12. Spanish Tortilla

    Are you serving tapas for your next brunch or get-together? Then this Spanish Tortilla should be the centerpiece.

    Crispy fried potatoes and eggs will take your regular omelet to the next level. Enjoy!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    13. Mojo Picante

    Mojo Picante, or Spanish Red Pepper Sauce, can be used as a dipping sauce or drizzled all over your favorite foods.

    It’s a great-tasting sauce on any seafood, chicken, or pork dishes for your next Spanish themed party.

    Get the Recipe @ lovefoodies

    14. Tomato and Butter Bean Dip

    Try this dip made with big and creamy white butter beans, tomato paste, garlic, shallots, olive oil, and paprika, stewed together.

    This will go great over crunchy bread or some pita chips. Enjoy!

    Get the Recipe @ freshoffthegrid

    15. Champinones Al Ajillo, Spanish Garlic Mushrooms

    These Spanish Garlic Mushrooms are just too good.

    They are easy and quick to make and serve at your next tapas party, and they will go great over some crispy crostini.

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    16. Spanish Ham Croquettes

    Croquetas De Jamón Serrano are a Spanish version of Croquettes. They are wonderfully creamy without using any cheese.

    This dish features a fantastic béchamel sauce (olive oil, butter, flour, and milk) mixed with leftover scraps of serrano ham and deep-fried to crispy perfection. YUM!

    Get the Recipe @ spanishsabores

    17. Marinated Olives

    Elevate your olive game with zesty garlic and lemon-infused olive oil and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

    Pair with almonds for a deliciously addictive and healthy tapa that’s perfect for any party.

    Get the Recipe @ theendlessmeal

    18. Pinchos Morunos

    Indulge in the bold flavors of Pinchos Morunos, savory Spanish pork skewers marinated in aromatic spices.

    With simple preparation, these skewers make for a hassle-free addition to any party or gathering. Treat your guests with this mouthwatering tapas dish and watch as they devour it with pure delight.

    Get the Recipe @ carolinescooking

    19. Chorizo Al Vino Tinto 

    Experience the delicious classic Spanish chorizo sausage in red wine, known as Chorizo Al Vino Tinto.

    This beloved Spanish appetizer dish found in bars all over Spain can now be easily made in your own kitchen with only six ingredients. Don’t miss out on this simple yet flavorful treat!

    Get the Recipe @ fooddrinkdestinations

    20. Spanish Mussels

    Looking for some seafood appetizer ideas? Try these Spanish mussels that are jam-packed with flavor.

    They are smothered in an absolutely divine white wine tomato sauce with smoked paprika, and garlic!

    Get the Recipe @ thecomfortofcooking

    21. Fried Calamari with Spanish Paprika 

    This seafood appetizer is beloved all over Spain. Learn how to make this perfect, restaurant-quality appetizer right at home.

    Treat your friends and family to this delicious fried calamari. They are much easier to make than you think.

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    22. Pimientos de Padrón 

    Get ready to taste the classic flavors of Spain with Pimientos de Padrón! Made from locally grown peppers, these simple yet delicious treats are lightly fried and seasoned to perfection.

    If you’re a fan of peppers, you won’t want to miss out on this unique culinary experience.


    Get the Recipe @ craftbeering

    23. Pulpo a la Gallega

    This recipe is one for an adventurous palate. Pulpo a la Gallega is a tasty octopus salad. 

    Try this seafood appetizer with an eclectic group of friends and savor new flavors!

    Get the Recipe @ honest-food

    24. Clams with Sherry and Serrano Ham

    Indulge in the exquisite flavors of sherry-infused clams with serrano ham and pimento. Don’t forget to pair it with crispy bread to soak up all the savory sauce.

    Get ready to savor this Spanish seafood delight!

    Get the Recipe @ womanandhome

    25. Spanish Tapas Board

    Let’s finish this list of Spanish appetizers recipes with a grand charcuterie board tapas style!

    Think of all the tapas specialties, like a variety of Spanish hams, cheeses, olives, and spreads.

    Wow your guests when you take this board to the table!

    Get the Recipe @ mykitchenlove

    We hope you enjoyed this list of Spanish Appetizers. There’s so many yummy recipes to choose from!

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    25 BEST Spanish Appetizers

    This collection of easy Spanish Appetizers will help you put on the best starter spread ever!


    • good quality bread (like baguette)
    • extra virgin olive oil
    • dry cured ham (jamón ibérico, serrano ham, or prosciutto)


    1. cut the bread into round slices, about 3/4 inch thick
    2. drizzle on extra virgin olive oil
    3. add on some ham
    4. give it an extra little drizzle of olive oil
    5. enjoy!

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