• 16 small red potatoes
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt (or kosher)
  • 4 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 8 oz can Tomato sauce
  • **Spicy Tomato Sauce

Patatas Bravas (Crisp Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Sauce) is a classic Spanish tapas recipe, served in bars all over Spain.

Bravas (meaning fierce) refers to the spicy tomato sauce, which is used in many Spanish recipes. Invite friends over and enjoy this tapas recipe!


Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, add cold water to cover by about 2 inches, and bring to boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce the heat to medium and cook the potatoes, partially covered, until they are completely tender, about 20 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain and let cool.

When just cool enough to handle, cut them into quarters.

Preheat the oven to 475F. Place the quartered potatoes, 3 tbsps of the olive oil, and some salt in a bowl and toss to coat evenly, adding more oil, if needed. Be careful not to crush the potatoes.

Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake, turning once, until crisp and browned, about 45 minutes.

Arrange the potatoes on a serving platter, pour the Spicy Tomato Sauce over the potatoes and serve them skewered on toothpicks.

**Spicy Tomato Sauce

Using a small frying pan, put 1-2 tbsp olive oil in the pan.  Heat over medium heat. Pour the tomato sauce into the pan and saute the tomato sauce for 3-5 minutes.

Turn heat to low and add the mustard, stirring well.  Finally, add the Tabasco and mix well.

Taste the sauce and adjust as necessary with salt, more Tabasco, etc.

Serves 4 to 6