The Spanish Food Bucket List: 10 Authentic Spanish Dishes

Silas & Grace

Spanish food is one of my favorite types of foods.

There’s something so delicious and fresh whenever I’m ordering tapas or getting a traditional Spanish dish at a restaurant.

Also, there are so many things that you can try for the first time that making this cuisine perfect for a bucket list. And if you also want to improve your cooking skill and become a bit more well-rounded of a person too (it’s something I’m working on personally 😊), then you can totally join me on this!

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Jamón Ibérico

A photo from the day trip I took to Madrid. An incredibly beautiful place with great food and kind people!

Jamón ibérico is one of the best and easiest things you can probably knock off this Spanish food list.

It’s a sliced cured ham which you can get at some stores (so no cooking!) and it’s incredibly rich and delicious.

Also, you can eat it as is or with bread and cheese. Definitely worth trying!

Sopa De Ajo

Sopa De Ajo Recipe

I love putting eggs on things, so I definitely look forward to trying this Spanish recipe! It looks incredibly hearty and flavorful.

Also, with ingredients like garlic, olive oil, paprika, and even bread (as the thickener), I don’t think you can go wrong.

Arroz con Pollo (Spanish Chicken and Rice)

This is the kind of recipe you make when you want something super filling and satisfying.

I really do love chicken and rice recipes, so this one is going to go up pretty close to the top of my list.

Also, it includes things like white wine, olives, garlic, saffron, olive oil, and many other ingredients that make it sound like it tastes incredible. 👌

Arroz con Pollo Recipe

Basque Cheesecake

Caramelized on the outside like a creme brûlée, it has that wonderful burnt sugar flavor on the outside while have the creamy interior on the inside.

I’ve had this a few times and it’s always satisfying and delicious!

Burnt Basque Cheesecake Recipe


Gazpacho soup is a cold soup you’d have on warmer days. Now I’m not used to cold soups, but I would definitely be down for trying this refreshing recipe!

Gazpacho Recipe

Seafood Paella Valenciana

This one is seen as being the most authentic version of paella, but of course that’s always going to be debated.

Either way though, I am definitely up for trying a delicious rice and seafood recipe! With all the different types of meats and spices, I can see this being a very satisfying Spanish meal. 🙂

Seafood Paella Valenciana Recipe

Spanish Omelette

Spanish omelettes are so different than what we as Americans know as omelettes. They’re baked with potatoes, eggs, olive oil and other yummy ingredients to make this a super filling and comforting breakfast.

Spanish Omelette Recipe


Slow roasted veggies are so good and I am all for trying this escalivada with some fresh bread!

Being a classic Spanish tapas dish, the bell peppers, onions, tomato, and aubergines (eggplant) are roasted with olive oil and garlic and are probably packed with a ton of flavor!

Escalivada Recipe

Roasted Spanish Potatoes

Spanish potatoes are so incredibly good; they’re perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Also before cooking, they’re tossed in a delicious sauce making these super flavorful!

Roasted Spanish Potatoes Recipe

Spanish Rice And Beans

Honestly, if it’s not an American version of rice and beans, I’m going to eat.

No hate towards people who like it (at all!), I just grew up with the American version and didn’t like it very much. But whenever I have rice and beans elsewhere, it’s always super flavorful and delicious. So I would try this Spanish version in a heartbeat!

Spanish Rice And Beans Recipe

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Silas & Grace

Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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