Spanish Roasted Potatoes with Tomato Sauce

Called papas bravas or patatas bravas in Spain, this dish is essentially potatoes cooked in a spicy sauce and served as an appetizer, or tapas. Variations abound in both the cooking method—the potatoes are fried, boiled or roasted—and the sauce, which usually has hot chiles, tomato and vinegar. The name of the recipe roughly translates into “fierce” or “angry” potatoes. But these potatoes are as spicy or “fierce” as you make them. We’ve made ours with some tomato sauce, quite a bit of Tabasco, and some smoked paprika. The potatoes absorb a lot of heat, so they’re not as hot as you would think, given the amount of hot sauce. You can easily reduce the heat to taste. The smoked paprika called for in the recipe really helps these potatoes shine, but sometimes it can be hard to find. McCormick makes smoked paprika, so you may be able to find it at your local supermarket. If not, just substitute regular paprika (sweet).

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Spanish Roasted Potatoes with Tomato Sauce Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish.

This recipe makes more than enough sauce for the potatoes, so you can double the amount of potatoes for more servings, or save the extra sauce for later. It will keep a week in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, or other waxy potato (peeled or un-peeled, your choice), cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine (can substitute stock)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • A 14-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Method

1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss the potatoes with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and salt well. Arrange in one layer in a casserole pan or rimmed baking tray and roast until browned, about 50 minutes.

2 While the potatoes are roasting, make the sauce. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium pot set over medium-high heat. Sauté the chopped onions, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, or until they begin to brown on the edges. Add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes.

3 Add the white wine to the pan and turn the heat to high. Boil on a high boil until the wine is reduced by half, then add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Add the crushed tomatoes, Tabasco sauce, salt, sugar and smoked paprika. Stir well and reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Let the sauce cook slowly while the potatoes roast. If you want, you can use a blender or an immersion blender to purée the sauce until smooth.

4 When the potatoes are well browned, toss with the tomato sauce and return to the casserole pan. Continue to roast until the tomato sauce dries out a bit on the potatoes and caramelizes, about 10 minutes.

Serve with the remaining tomato sauce as an appetizer or side dish.

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Links:

Patatas Bravas with Allioli - from No Recipes
Patas Pravas with Cumin and Smoked Paprika - from Seriously Good
Fried Papas Bravas with Vinegar and Mayo - from Canary Girl


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34 Comments

  1. Jean Marie

    Looks yummy. I get smoked paprika at Penzey’s and imagine it can be ordered from them online if you don’t have one where you live. It really does add a special something to recipes.

  2. sara

    Oh, I LOVE patatas bravas! I definitely need to try making this at home so I can stop paying big bucks for it at tapas restaurants. :)

  3. Mary

    this is the ultimate comfort dish and LOVE that you used paprika :)
    Mary x

  4. Marianne DeMartini

    This looks so good! I’ll be making this tonight!

  5. The Starving Student

    Definitely a fan of the smoked paprika!

  6. jonathan

    a kismet moment. i had these on saturday at a tapas bar in the ironbound district of newark, nj, prior to a concert. mine were simply roasted red skins tossed in a chipotle mayo, however. these would clean their clock, no doubt!

  7. Elizabeth

    I wonder if I could use chipotles in adobo to add a spicy, smoky, tomatoey flavour?

  8. Liane

    That is too weird! I threw together something similar a few weeks ago, plus or minus a few things. It was tasty and I was so proud of myself for creating it. Now I see it here! Maybe I am Spanish at heart. I do love, love love tapas. Thanks for putting a name to my kitchen experiments. :)

  9. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Perfect comfort food for fall :)

  10. Bronwyn

    Another tasty sounding & looking way of cooking potatoes with not too much oil. Yum!

  11. Lida

    Beautifull! Another similar dish “lebanese style hot potatos”: roast, fry, or boil peaces of potatoes then mix with sauted chopped cilantro(whole bushel), garlic(4 cloves +) and hot pepper or red pepper for milder result and some salt. Huge fan Elise, thank you for all the wonderfull recipes!

  12. Katrina

    I really like this idea! Yum!

  13. olivilla

    Hi Elise from Spain!

    I do love so much your recipes, specially this one
    I am from Spain, this friday I will mention you in my blog!!!

    ks from Spain!!!!

  14. Christina

    Patatas bravas is one of the many tapas I usually order when we eat out at our favorite Spanish restaurant. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

  15. Val from PA

    Must be the time of year for roasted potatoes! I made an eerily similar recipe a few weeks ago for cajun spiced roasted potatoes… Like your recipe, it called for tomato paste which I have to say is a very interesting and welcome addition to the potatoes!

  16. Lauren

    Yum, so easy and delicious! I’d love to make a tapas style dinner soon, and these will definitely be included :)

  17. Kevin

    Elise,
    I ran across a variation on this that added a good splash of a dark beer at the end and glazed the potatoes in it. It’s become my favorite. Sumptuous.

  18. S.

    Wow. Nice colors and looks delish! Thx for the great recipe!

  19. Tempy

    I am fixing some of these tomorrow! I got a nice batch of potatoes that I had no idea what to do with . . . this is a winner.

  20. Alyssa

    Hey Elise,

    Do you think sriracha or sambal would work well with this? I don’t have any tabasco on hand.

    Perhaps. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out. ~Elise

  21. wies

    Hi Elise.
    Thanks for many lovely recipes.
    I make a similar potato dish, which I call patatas con todos. I use onions, garlic (lots!), cubed bacon or pancetta, and cubed chorizo ,which gives a lovely smokey paprika flavour. Sometimes I add sweet peppers and/or tomatoes.
    I’ll try your version soon, as it sounds very good too.

  22. dee

    Definitely making this today!!! Along with the Smoked Shrimp!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  23. Rita

    I made these for dinner tonight and had a nice glass of sparking, sweet Spanish red wine with them. Really good and will definitely make again. The sauce would be good just to have on hand for other things also! These would be good to have for breakfast with eggs. I may do that with the leftovers. :o)

  24. Brett Bralley

    These look amazing! I love Spanish food, and these seem quick and easy to prepare.

    Also, I have to say I love the color choices in your styling. The deep deep blue next to the red spicy potatoes is stunning. Thanks!

  25. Anonymous

    Nice recipe but I will have to decline the yukon gold potato. There is something in it that makes me radically ill and I am unable to digest them properly.

    Use any potato you wish. ~Elise

  26. Bella

    Meh, I have some McCormick smoked paprika due to the gaga craze exhibited on the Food Network (a-la smoked ‘PAPA-rika’).

    I can’t see what the interest is. To me, it’s virtually tasteless, which is weird because I don’t care for spices and herbs, just salt, pepper, and a touch of garlic! I expected to get a ‘wow’, but nope!

    Paprika goes flat easily. One day it can be vibrant and a few weeks later, nothing. Sounds to me like you have some old smoked paprika. It should have the flavor of BBQ potato chips, smokey and spicy. ~Elise

  27. Chris

    I was wondering if anyone had ever used another veggie besides potatoes (like swedes or turnips)? The preparation would seem to lend itself to lots of different root veggies.

  28. TDot

    Can’t wait to make these but I’m wondering how crucial it is that the paprika is “smoked”?
    Is it worth going out to find some or would regular paprika work?

    Do you like the taste of barbecued potato chips? If so, it is worth going out and getting some smoked paprika to experiment with for lots of recipes. If not, then I would say no. ~Elise

  29. kellypea

    Mmm…patatas brava! One of my fave tapas, but we just enjoy it as a side with dinner. Spent a good chunk of my childhood in Spain, so I’m partial. Now I want a batch!

  30. spain00

    I am from Spain and I have never seen patatas bravas like this ever. they look good but defintely not a traditional dish in Spain

  31. sylvie

    I just made this for my husband and sons. They love it! It is perfect :) Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  32. hrl

    This is my favorite tapas dish!

  33. Candice

    This looks great! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll try this out soon =)

  34. Irene

    I love patatas bravas, I’m from Spain and I like to see that our dishes like. I didn’t know the translition for paprika, but know I do.

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