Spanish Tortilla with Manchego and Potatoes

Spanish tortilla Recipe

A client of ours went crazy for tortilla Española when he was in Spain and insisted that we make it for a brunch we catered for him. We had never made one before, but since his party, we’ve started to make them all the time. They’re so easy and delish.–Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo

LC Handy Helpers Note

Authors Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo note that a heat-proof silicone rubber spatula is “really pliant and makes getting under the eggs easy. No matter what, never use a metal spatula on a nonstick pan. It’ll kill the nonstick coating.” There you have it. Although we’ve made similar Spanish tortillas in well-seasoned cast-iron skillets to truly terrific effect.

Spanish Tortilla with Manchego and Potatoes Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • Serves 4 to 6


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup diced cured chorizo (not raw Mexican chorizo), optional
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 ounce grated Manchego cheese (1/4 cup if using a Microplane grater)


  • 1. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 2. Add the potatoes and 1 teaspoon of the salt and cook until the edges of the potatoes are transparent, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the onions and cook for 1 minute, stirring often. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are tender and slightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn the potatoes and onions into a bowl and set aside.
  • 3. Melt the butter in the skillet, then add the chorizo and let it brown for 2 minutes. Add the potato mixture back to the skillet.
  • 4. Whisk the eggs with the cream and the remaining teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl until combined. Pour over the potatoes, sprinkle with the cheese, and cook until the eggs start to set, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a heat-proof silicone rubber spatula, push the eggs to the middle of the skillet once or twice so the raw eggs on top run under the cooked eggs to the bottom of the skillet. Cook until the eggs are set on the bottom and nearly set on the top, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 5. Place a rimless plate (it should be larger in circumference than the skillet) or a large, flat pot lid on top of the skillet. Carefully flip the skillet over and lift it off; the tortilla should be on the plate. Slide the tortilla back into the skillet and cook the second side until the eggs are to your liking, 2 minutes for a soft tortilla, a minute or two longer for a hard one (we like our tortilla soft in the middle, so we cook it for less time).
  • 6. Slide the tortilla onto a plate and cool. Slice into wedges and serve.
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  1. This frittata-like dish is perfect for brunch, and–on the off-chance that there are any leftovers– makes a great cold lunch (it’s commonly done in Spain).

  2. Taking a bite of tortilla espanola brings me back to my time living in Spain. There’s a lot about it that I miss! Thanks for the link love and also for the reminder that I need to make this for brunch on Sunday!

    1. You’re very welcome, Joanne. And yes, please do give this a whirl for brunch and let us know how it goes….

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