Tortilla de Patatas – Spanish Potato Omelette


A tortilla is a Spanish Potato Omelette. Morocco is very famous for its Spanish influence in food such as Paella and vegetable salads as half of it was occupied by Spain for quite some time. It’s spelt Tortilla but I was brought up to pronounce it Dortiyya, I’m not sure if that’s how they say it in Spanish or just a Moroccan thing.

This is a delicious and easy-to-make Potato Omelette and it happens to be a commonly served dish in Spanish homes as well as Moroccan. The Tortilla can be served as a lunch or light dinner but Spanish Cafés tend to serve it as a tapa or appetizer. It’s an excellent finger food & easy to transport, so it’s perfect for picnics and children’s lunch boxes.

My kids love it just as much as I did as a child, it was one of my favourite foods. I remember some of the kids looking at me funny and asking me “What is thaaaat?” while holding their jam or peanut butter sandwiches, I replied “Something amazingly tastier than what you have.” After a taste, they were all hooked too 😉

Tortilla - Spanish Potato Omelette Recipe

There are many variations of tortillas, here I made a plain one and a Salmon one but you can also try:
-Salami and cheddar cheese
-Spinach and feta
-Tuna, onion & peas
-Chicken, garlic and mushroom
This dish is so versatile you can even make an extra spicy chilli version for Asian taste buds 😉
You may want to oven-bake mini ones in a cupcake/muffin tray, it's probably healthier as it uses less oil = fewer calories, and more presentable to serve for Iftaar's in Ramadan or together with other starters on a buffet table. 
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 5-6 Eggs 5 for a plain one or 6 if you are adding vegetables
  • 4-5 Potatoes depending on size
  • 1/2 tsp Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Green pepper (you can use 1/2 a red pepper & 1/2 a green one for colour) diced
  • 2 Red Onions (small) I used red onions on this occasion but any desired type will do
  • 1 tin Salmon chunks I prefer the one in olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves peeled & grated


  • Tortilla - Spanish Potato Omelette
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Moroccan
Keyword: Omelette, Potato, Spanish

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