Patatas bravas 

 June 23, 2021

By  Tatiana

Only for brave foodies!


  • 1.3 kg of potatoes
  • olive oil
  • 2 white onions
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 800 gr of fresh tomatoes or a can of whole tomatoes
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 400 gr of tomato frito
  • 1.5 tablespoon of pimenton (paprika powder)
  • 1 tablespoon of colorante
  • 2 teaspoons of cayenne (to your own taste)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of sugar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of jerez/brandy vinegar (or other)


In a big pan, heat olive oil. Sauté the onions, together with the garlic, the bay leaves and a bit of salt, on a mild fire until they are translucent. This can take up to 7 minutes. Then, add the flour and stir. Add a bit of the tomato frito, then the pimenton, salt and pepper, a bit of cayenne pepper, and make sure to stir very well while doing that. Add the colorant and the fresh (or canned) tomatoes.

Mash the tomatoes. Add a bit more olive oil, salt and pepper, cayenne and stir very well. Let this simmer for 15 minutes. Stir very well so that the tomato doesn’t stick! Add the sugar, the vinegar and let it simmer a little longer.

Peel the potatoes and cut them in wedges or chunks. Heat up olive oil in a frying pan and add the potatoes. Make sure to heat them slowly in the oil so they don’t get too brown when cooking, but they need to be done inside! This can take up to 20 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes so the potatoes get fried on each side.

Add the tomato frito to the tomato stew, stir well and taste. Now, add whatever you want for taste: pepper, salt, vinegar or cayenne! Stir very well again, get the bay leaves out and blend everything together with a hand blender. Afterward, put in the bay leaves back in again and let it all simmer for 10 minutes!

Serve the brava sauce over the fried potatoes and enjoy!

Voilà, patatas bravas à la maison!

Notes: You can use as much cayenne as you want. Luis is not a big fan of spicy food so I always make it less spicy! But beware, too much spicy food is not good for you stomach!

Did you make this recipe? I’d love to hear what you thought!

Tatiana Tor

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments!

Wishing you a great day, love Tatiana.

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