Spanish Tortilla


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We’re talking about a whole new kind of tortilla today – SPANISH TORTILLA!

Spanish Tortilla from (@whatsgabycookin) Okay so it’s not new, but it’s new to the site. Usually we’re talking tortillas that are involved in tacos or burritos – but today we’re getting crazy and talking breakfast for dinner style tortillas. 

Did you guys know I almost wrote a cookbook called Breakfast for Dinner? I ended up passing on the deal because it wasn’t the right concept for my first cookbook – avocados are more my speed. Duh! That said, I LOVE a breakfast for dinner situation! It’s so easy and it occurs at least once a week in our house. It marries 2 of my favorite things – eggs and vegetables – and it’s baked until done. This one is extra jazzy as it uses some McCormick red pepper flakes, smoked on the stove for a richer flavor (which I now keep on hand at all times since making those smoky fries a few months back), and some ground cumin. Slice and serve, like a breakfast pie.

 Smoking red pepper flakes

Best part about this recipe is that it’s great for breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner. And it easily feeds a crowd. If you’re feeling a little fancy, throw together a little arugula salad with some olive oil, salt and pepper and then top the tortilla with some extra greens!

Spanish Tortilla from (@whatsgabycookin)

Spanish Tortilla



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for serving
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes peeled and sliced inch thick
  • 1 red bell pepper ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick Red Pepper Flakes smoked
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick Ground Cumin
  • McCormick Sea Salt / McCormick freshly cracked Black Peppercorn to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium ovenproof nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium. Add potatoes, bell pepper, and onion; season with salt and pepper (skillet will be very full). Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are crisp-tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Uncover, and cook off excess liquid, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs, chives, spices, salt, and pepper. Pour egg mixture over vegetables in skillet, and stir to distribute evenly. With the back of a spatula, press down on vegetables so they lay flat and are submerged.
  • Bake until tortilla is set, 12 to 16 minutes. Serve as needed.

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  1. Maria José-Dit i fet

    Me encanta encontrar recetas de mi país en blogs extrangeros, aunque la receta es un poco diferente a la original española, que sólo lleva huevos y patatas. Me ha encantado tu blog, vendré a visitarte más veces. Saludos.

  2. Monika

    Breakfast for dinner! I love it! That would be my favorite mealtime – and this tortilla sounds like it will fill the ticket with just the right heat and spice. Red pepper flakes are finding their way into many more things I am making, and they really jazz things up!

  3. Karin

    Cumin in a tortilla Espanola? I don’t think so…neither pepper flakes….only one does sprinkle pimento on the tortilla…..

    FYI I have eaten tortilla through the whole of Spain, cold, wet and dry…married to a Spaniard and also have a Spanish son in-law….not that I am an expert, but certain things need to stay real.

  4. Greg

    I am slightly confused. The recipe calls for a non-stick over-proof skillet, but the first photo shows a cast iron skillet. While I love my cast iron skillets, they are not always “non-stick”. Plus, I am not comforta

  5. Heather Christo

    this is awesome, also you should totally resurrect that idea for a book!

  6. Taylor Kiser

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE breakfast for dinner, and this Spanish Tortilla sounds so good! Those spices are some of my favorites, so I totally need to try this! Pinned!

  7. Julie @ Table for Two

    That’s so funny you almost wrote a breakfast for dinner book! I still think you should 😉 this idea would be perfect!

  8. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    My family LOVES breakfast for dinner. I will be trying this soon, so delicious!

  9. Rachel Cooks

    This looks completely amazing. I wish I was eating it for breakfast….but I’m a huge breakfast for dinner girl too. Definitely making this, ASAP.

  10. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver

    I’ve always wanted to try making a Spanish tortilla – potatoes and eggs, two of my favorite things! I love the new look of your site – and love that you’re embracing being a California Girl – it’s definitely something for us natives to celebrate 🙂 xoxo

  11. tanya

    You just rocked my world! 1. the torta is outstanding and 2. you smoked your red pepper! That is a nifty little trick. Cannot wait to try both the smoky spices and the torta!

  12. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    Love this recipe, brings me back to my semester abroad in Spain. We’d eat this at least 2-3 times a week for dinner (at like 10pm…something I could never get used to!)

  13. Angelica

    Although your recipe looks delicious I have to tell you that that is not how Spanish tortillas are traditionally made. We basically just use potatoes, onions, eggs, and salt (although we might add bell pepper, chorizo, or other ingredients to switch things up) and we prepare it on the stove, never in the oven. Would still love to try your recipe, but I won’t be calling it tortilla.