Piquant Potatoes

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A common tapa in Madrid, these spicy potatoes are also excellent with simple meat or chicken dishes.

Serves4 servings



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseSide Dish, Tapas/small Plates

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureSavory

Type of DishVegetable


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, preferably homemade
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • ½ dried red chili pepper, seeds removed, crushed
  • Dash Tabasco


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet. Brown the potatoes well on all sides over a medium flame. Season with salt and pepper, then cover and reduce the heat. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan. Sauté the onion and garlic until the onion is wilted. Add the tomato sauce, wine, parsley, chili pepper, Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Cook, uncovered, about 20 minutes. The sauce should be thick.

  3. You may serve the potatoes and the sauce separately or pour some of the sauce over the potatoes. In either case, the potatoes should be only lightly coated with the sauce.


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