Tortilla de Patatas – Traditional Spanish Omelette

Tortilla de patatas, a classic Spanish omelette can be served hot or cold, and is suitable to be served all day long for breakfast, lunch, a snack or for dinner. Traditionally it is made with eggs, potatoes, onion and some herbs, but is also a great way to use up leftover vegetables. 

finished tortilla

Only a few ingredients and a little technique are needed to prepare this national dish. Often served as an appetiser or tapa, it can be found in small bars and high-end restaurants. The perfect tortilla should be moist, hearty, and have lots of flavour.

This dish can be made in advance as it keeps well in the fridge. Our recipe serves 2-4 people for dinner but amounts can easily be increased to make a larger one.

Yukon potatoes are the best choice for a Spanish omelette, but if unavailable any other firm potato variety will work.

Also check our other egg recipes.


Tortilla de Patatas

Tortilla de patatas, a classic Spanish omelette can be served hot or cold.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetisers & Starters, Breakfast, Side dishes
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 people
Calories 96 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


  • 6 pcs extra fresh eggs
  • 30 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 gr sliced onion ¼ pc
  • 1 pc parboiled medium size potato Yukon gold 200 gr
  • 40 gr diced mild chorizo sausage
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onions or chives
  • Salt pepper, paprika


  • Peel and cut the parboiled potato into thick slices.
    a peeled potato
  • Heat a large amount of olive oil in a pan and sauté the onion over medium heat.
    saute onion with chorizo
  • Add the potato slices and chorizo and cook together until the potatoes are soft.
    sauté with potatoes
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt, ground white pepper, spring onions and 1 tbsp of olive oil until foamy.
    beat eggs
  • Pour the eggs over the potatoes, stir gently to combine and cook the first side for 3-4 minutes with a fitted lid on top until the bottom gets golden brown.
    cook the tortilla
  • Put a plate on top of the pan, hold it firmly and flip quickly. Slide the omelette back into the pan and cook the second side for 2-3 minutes for a soft tortilla.
    baked tortilla
  • Serve the tortilla hot or cold.
    finished spanish tortilla


  • Choose a waxy, firm potato variety.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 96kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 2gFat: 9gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 3mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 44IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.3mg
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