13 Old-School Spanish Recipes Your Grandma Used to Make

If you grew up on authentic paella and pan con tomate (and washed it all down with fresh, homemade churros), it was probably your Spanish grandma in the kitchen, just waiting to fill your belly with the next meal. Feeling nostalgic for the food your abuela used to make? Look no further than these 13 old-school Spanish recipes.

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1. 15-minute Gazpacho With Cucumber, Red Pepper And Basil

Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s actually not: This traditional Spanish chilled soup requires zero cooking time and takes 15 minutes to whip up in a blender.

2. Cheater’s Skillet Paella

Don’t tell Abuela, but we took some liberties with this hearty rice dish. Our version is a one-pan wonder and takes way less time to make, because we want to have our paella and eat it too.

3. Catalan Tomato Bread

Where the Italians have bruschetta, the Spanish have pan con tomate (or pa amb tomàquet in Catalan). This impossibly simple tapa is light, flavorful and calls for just five ingredients—genius.

4. Mini Spanish Tortilla With Zucchini

Your grandma might’ve served these potato omelets (aka tortilla de patatas) full-size, but you can make this mini version whenever you want to reminisce—no sharing required.

5. Churro Bites With Chocolate Sauce

Served with piping hot chocolate sauce for dipping? Yep, this is what happiness tastes like.

6. Spanish Garlic Shrimp (gambas Al Ajillo)

Hello, ten-minute dinner. Serve these guys with crusty bread to soak up the garlicky, buttery sauce.

7. Spanish Chicken And Rice

Spanish chorizo, crispy chicken thighs and tender rice to absorb all the seasoning? Abuela would wholeheartedly approve. (Thanks, Coterie member Heidi Larsen.)

8. Spanish Chickpea Stew (espinacas Con Garbanzos)

This hearty dish may look simple; it tastes anything but. With garlic, vinegar and paprika, it has plenty of flavor to go around.

9. Easy Traditional Red Sangria

It was the adult beverage when you were a kid, and now you can make it at home. Use a dry Spanish wine and whatever fruit your heart desires.

10. Crudités With Romesco Sauce

Every good Spanish spread should include romesco sauce—use store-bought roasted red peppers to put it together in record timing.

11. Simple Patatas Bravas

These crispy potatoes and accompanying spicy sauce have our name written all over them. They’re often served with a traditional aioli, but this version’s romesco sauce is so easy.

12. Bocadillo Bites

Grab a crunchy baguette and fill these bite-size sandwiches to the brim, then serve them at your next cocktail party or pack them up for a picnic. Abuela would be so proud.

13. Coffee, Cinnamon And Muscovado Sugar Flan

Presenting a modern twist on the sweet, creamy dessert you crave. They’re small; have two.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...