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Easy patatas bravas sauce recipe

Patatas bravas is a traditional Spanish tapas dish of potatoes served in a spicy tomato sauce. This recipe for bravas sauce is mild enough for children to enjoy yet still full of flavour and the addition of potatoes means that my kids will eat it every single time.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword patatas bravas sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Mandy Mazliah


  • 1 kg white potatoes peeled** and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes optional, best omitted for young children
  • Salt and pepper to taste, optional


To make the potatoes

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (fan)/220°C/gas mark 6*.

  2. Put the 1 kg chopped potatoes into a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and parboil until just starting to turn soft.

  3. Drain, transfer to a baking dish and cover with 2 tbsp olive oil. Stir well. Cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, golden and crispy.

To make the bravas sauce

  1. Heat the remaining olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add 1 chopped onion and sauté over a low heat for around 10 minutes until soft. Add 2 cloves chopped garlic, stir and cook for a few minutes.

  2. Now add a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, 1 tbsp tomato pureé, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and the chilli flakes if using. Stir well and bring to the boil.

  3. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for up to 45 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Making this in advance will only be a good thing for the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. If serving to children who object to onions you could blend the sauce at this stage.

  5. Once the potatoes are cooked add them to the sauce, stir well and serve.

Recipe Notes

*If you prefer you can use boiled potatoes for this dish.
** You can leave the potatoes unpeeled if you prefer.