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Patatas bravas
A plate of patatas bravas
Place of originSpain
Main ingredientsPotato

Patatas bravas (Spanish: [paˈtatas ˈβɾaβas], also called patatas a la brava or papas bravas, all meaning "spicy potatoes") is a dish native to Spain.[1] It typically consists of white potatoes that have been cut into 2-centimeter (0.79 in)-wide cubes, then fried in oil and served warm with a spicy "brava" sauce.

Visitors to Spain often confuse it with the similar dish patatas mixtas, which consists of fried potatoes served with both brava sauce and aioli sauce. [citation needed]

The brava sauce is primarily paprika (using high-quality Spanish pimentón de la Vera) and olive oil based, [citation needed] with some regions adding tomato, although this can be contentious.

The dish is commonly served in restaurants and bars throughout Spain as a variety of tapa.[2]


Patatas bravas are served in bars in servings that contain approximately a quarter kilo of potato. [citation needed] It is frequently consumed as part of tapas.

The same "sauce" is sometimes served over mussels. This dish is known as mejillones en salsa brava.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Moreno, M.P. (2017). Madrid: A Culinary History. Big City Food Biographies. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-4422-6641-4. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Patatas Bravas". Wine Enthusiast Magazine. July 1, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2018.