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Beautiful, Delicious and Easy Tapas Recipes

Tapas Bonitas aims to bring you the authentic Spanish tapas recipes for pinchos, banderillas, cazuelas and cosas de picar just like they are made and served in a real Spanish tapas bar or tapas restaurant, whether in San Sebastian, Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, or wherever in Spain.

Our great tapas recipes and original paella recipes are both delicious and simple. Making tapas yourself is not difficult at all, so you could easily start your own Spanish tapas restaurant at home...

Bernardo Etxea Tapas Bar in San Sebastian. Tapas dishes on the counter of the Bernardo Etxea Tapas Bar in San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain.   A Spanish Fingerfood Buffet!

Spanish Party?   Create a Tapas Fingerfood Buffet!

Been on vacation in Spain last year? Bring back that summer feeling and surprise friends and family with a beautiful fingerfood buffet filled with a selection of the beautiful and easy tapas from the pages of Tapas Bonitas!

You can even turn it into a real Spanish party with some sunny music, a nice Sherry, a fizzy Cava, a good glass of Rioja or Penedes, and finish it off with a beautiful Spanish Brandy or a smooooth 43 on the rocks...

Easy Tapas?  -  Follow a Free Spanish Tapas Workshop!

Making tapas at home! Discover how easy it is to make your own Spanish pinchos and to treat your friends and family with the great taste of Spain!

Try one, for example:

Photo of Basque pintxos - paprika stuffed anchovies on long bread. Basque Pintxos: Fried Anchovies Stuffed with Paprika

Spanish Gratinated Mussels - Mejillones Gratinados. Spanish Tapas: Gratinated Mussels (Mejillones Gratinados)

Pan con Tomate y Ajo / Bread with Tomato and Garlic. Spanish Tapas: Pan con Tomate y Ajo

Basque Pincho of Yellowfin Tuna with Onion and Anchovy on Bread Basque Pintxo Recipe: Yellowfin Tuna Salad and Anchovies on Bread

Pintxos Chomin Recipe: Salmon with Egg, Shrimp and Anchovies on Bread Pintxos Chomin: Salmon with Egg, Shrimp and Anchovies on Bread

Tapas: Cosas de Picar, Pinchos, Banderillas, Cazuelas?

Tapas, Pintxos, Pinchos, Banderillas, Pinchos de Encurtidos, Gildas, Cosas de Picar, Cazuelas, it doesn't really matter what you call them, they are all simply delicious bites!

In the Spanish Basque Country - where they know a thing or two about Tapas - they call them Pintxos, and in the rest of Spain - where they are quite up to speed as well - they generally call them Pinchos, or just Tapas.

Some people talk about Spanish appetizers, Spanish snacks or Spanish fingerfood, others compare Spanish tapas to French amuses and hors d'oeuvres. More comparisons are possible: think about the Portuguese petiscos, the Italian antipasti, the Turkish mezze, Chinese dim sum...

If we want to make a distinction between the various types of fingerfood and appetizers that are served at the bar throughout Spain, it is possible to classify Tapas as follows:

Cosas de Picar

Stuff that you can pick with your fingers or a toothpick from a dish or serving bowl, like for example olives, cheese cubes, slices of chorizo, etc.;


"Picks" - All foodstuff that is served on a toothpick or skewer (in the Basque language it is written as "Pintxos", pronounce: "pintsjos");


Also named "Pinchos de Encurtidos" or "Gildas" - Pinchos consisting of "Encurtidos": pickled food items like olives, peppers, boquerones, onions, etc. speared on a skewer or toothpick (the word "Gilda" means lollipop);


"Dishes" - All foodstuff that is served in a dish or a bowl, in a sauce, like for example small meatballs (Albondigas);

Spanish Tapas: Olives with Garlic and Chili Pepper Cosas de Picar: Olives with Garlic and Chili Pepper

Tapas Variations: Local Specialties

Just about every place in Spain has its own culinary specialties, mostly depending on the products of the region.

For example, the province of Galicia, located in the noth western corner of Spain between the Gulf of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean, has a rich fishing tradition and is known for the "Pulpo a la Gallega". This "Galician Octopus" is cooked in cubes, and is served with spicy paprika powder and coarse salt.

Galican Octopus: Pulpo a la Gallega as served in a Tapas Restaurant in San Sebastian Pulpo a la Gallega

Tapas Menu - Basque Pintxos Recipes

The Basque Country is an autonomous community in the north of Spain which through the ages has developed a very refined culinary culture.

In the Basque language, the word for pinchos is written as "pintxos", named after the toothpick or skewer that is typical of all Basque tapas. Just as typical is the slice of crispy fresh or toasted bread or long bread on which many of the Basque tapas are served.

Tapas Menu - Pinchos, Casuela's and Cosas de Picar

And some great Paella recipes too!

Pimientos de Padrón - Coming Soon to Your Local Store?

Spanish Pimientos de Padron Spanish Tapas: Pimientos de Padrón

It would actually be a bit strange if the Pimientos de Padron can not yet be found at your local supermarket or international store. Fact is that these thick little green peppers are cheap, healthy, easy to prepare, and very tasty indeed. They make fantastic fingerfood!     Read more HERE

Photo of Basque Tapas with Tortilla and Mayonaise op Bread in a Tapas Bar in San Sebastian.

Spanish Tapas Piquillo Pepper Stuffed with White Tuna on Bread. Basque Pintxos Recipe: Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with White Tuna on Bread

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Gambas al Ajillo

Basque Tapas made of Tuna with Chopped Onion garnished with Anchovy on Bread

Basque Tapas: Salmon with Egg and Mayonnaise on Bread

Mejillones a la Marinera

Paella de Mar y Montana

Photo of Easy Tapas made of Dates with Cheese and Bacon

Photo of Patatas Bravas a la Javi



Easy Pinchos made with Salmon, Cream Cheese and Anchovy on Long Bread

Easy Pinchos made with Salmon, Egg and Mayonnaise on Long Bread

Spanish Tortilla de Patata.