Patatas a La Riojana (Rioja-Style Potato & Chorizo Stew)

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Patatas a La Riojana, or potato chorizo stew, is a classic Spanish dish that explodes with flavor. It’s an easy gluten-free Cinco de Mayo food option that you will love!

Pour a glass of sangria and get ready – #SundaySupper is having a virtual Tapas Party! With an entire menu of small plates, some traditional and some modern and unique, you are sure to find plenty of amazing nibbles. I went very classic with the Spanish dish Patatas a La Riojana – Rioja-Style Potato Chorizo Stew.


Patatas a La Riojana (Rioja-Style Potato & Chorizo Stew) | | #tapas #appetizer #side #glutenfree

Speaking of sangria, that’s some dangerous stuff. The problem is that it goes down like juice, and you need copious amounts to wash down all of that serrano ham and manchego cheese and patatas bravas. Then once you finish your pitcher glass, there is a bunch of alcohol-infused fruit that you just can’t let go to waste. And, you know, it’s fruit. It’s healthy. It would really be a shame to let such wonderful, delicious fruit go to waste. Yeah, and then you have to stand up and walk to the train. Not that this has ever happened to me.

OK, OK, it has. I was working in England for two months, and spent time hanging out with some Scots and Irish folk who could start drinking at breakfast and still be standing come dinnertime, then ask when we are all going out to the pub. And then there was me. The lightweight. Couldn’t even make it through a pint. We went out for tapas in London one evening, and let’s just say that it is not a good idea for me to be around plate after plate of tapas, Irish friends, and sangria because, well, all I remember about that evening is that there was delicious food, Irish friends, and sangria. Now don’t get any ideas. I’ve always been a good girl, and I had been dating The Hubby for a year and half at that point. I just don’t know if we went home right after, went out in London, went back to the flat in the suburbs. Or was that the day we went to the Flamenco show? No idea.

I was relaying this story to a friend once I returned home to the U.S., and she said, “How did it affect you that much? Isn’t sangria just red wine diluted with juice?” “Umm, no. Sangria is red wine diluted with MORE ALCOHOL!”.


Patatas a La Riojana (Rioja-Style Potato & Chorizo Stew) | | #tapas #appetizer #side #glutenfree When I saw that this week’s theme was Tapas, I wanted to go traditional, making Patatas a La Riojana.

You see, a birthday gift from The Hubby one year was a two-night tapas cooking class at the French Culinary Institute in New York. It was soooo much fun, but sadly I have not cracked open the recipe book since the class. This was the perfect opportunity. Patatas a La Riojana (Rioja-Style Potato & Chorizo Stew) was calling my name, so I adapted that recipe to be less “cooking school-ish” (ingredients in grams, not quantity for the stock, minimal instructions with lots of my handwritten notes).

I show it here on one big dish, but in Spain they would serve individual small portions in little bowls called [amazon_textlink asin=’B00XAGQ46A’ text=’cazuelas’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’cupkalchi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9574a9ea-130e-11e7-8db2-b941c9da14a8′]. Not having a Tapas party? We enjoyed this as a side dish with some fish. It’s amazing how just a few simple ingredients come together for so much flavor! It truly was incredible. I used the Spanish paprika known as [amazon_textlink asin=’B0085WJOLG’ text=’pimenton’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’cupkalchi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’adf7fd9e-130e-11e7-bcba-ff9eaae7446a’] (both hot and sweet), but I am sure you could substitute paprika. As far as the chorizo, I was instructed in the course to get the Spanish variety, which are smoked links, and not loose, raw chorizo, or the more spicy South American version. I can find it in my local grocery store. Patatas a La Riojana (Rioja-Style Potato & Chorizo Stew) | | #tapas #appetizer #side #glutenfree Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter every Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos. Sunday Supper Movement Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement. And make sure you check out the entire tapas menu at the bottom of this post! Have you ever been to a tapas restaurant? What was your favorite small plate?

A glass of red wine is shown behind a bowl of potatoes and chorizo for patatas riojana.
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Patatas Riojana

Spanish-inspired Patatas Riojana is smoky, spicy, and hearty with chunks of potatoes and Spanish chorizo served in a savory, thick sauce.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion , minced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 9 ounces Spanish chorizo , cut into ½-inch slices
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pimenton See Note
  • 1 teaspoon hot pimenton See Note
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 pounds Idaho potatoes , peeled and cut into ½-¾ inch cubes and patted dry with paper towels
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth


  • Heat oil in a large fry pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook until golden brown.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two, until fragrant, then add the chorizo and cook until starting to brown.
  • Add the salt, sweet and hot pimenton, and bay leaf and fry the spices for a couple minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and stir to coat in the oils and spices.
  • Pour in the chicken stock, cover, bring to a simmer, then remove the lid and cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the liquid has reduced by about half.
  • If serving Tapas-style, serve in small warmed dishes.


Adapted from the Tapas Essentials course at the French Culinary Institute.
Spanish paprika is known as pimenton. You could probably substitute regular and hot paprika (or perhaps chili powder for the hot) if you cannot find pimenton.
Nutrition Facts
Patatas Riojana
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 625mg26%
Potassium 820mg23%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 8IU0%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


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Martin Redmond is here to give you the perfect wine recommendations: Best Wines To Pair With Tapas from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

  1. I had my first taste of Tapas in London too while we were living there and couldn’t agree more with you!Your stew sounds perfect for today’s weather and would go well with some Sangria of course 🙂

  2. Wow, love this traditional tapas stew! The flavors sound amazing! And I totally agree with you about sangria…goes down too well 🙂

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