Potatoes in spicy sauce

This is a recipe for a small dish that goes great with a few beers in a sunny afternoon. It’s inspired by both the Spanish classic patatas bravas and the Middle-Eastern batata harrah, in which the potatoes are cut smaller and get crispier just like in this recipe. It basically consists of diced fried (and garlicky!) potatoes, served with a spicy tomato sauce. It’s pretty easy to make and a great addition to a dinner party or to an afternoon spent with friends around the dinner table.

Preparation Time: 5-10 min | Cooking Time: 15-20 min | Serves: 2-3 | Spice level: 🌶


What you’ll need:

  • About 500g of potatoes (or 1 potato per person), diced
  • Olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, grated
  • Fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of salt

For the sauce

  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Half a red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil



  • Start by drizzling a generous amount of olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan. Wait for the oil to warm up, then carefully drop the potato cubes into the oil. Let it fry for a few minutes and as they gently brown, turn them over.
  • While the potatoes fry, make the sauce. Add some olive oil to a deep frying pan, toss in the chopped garlic and onion and let them sauté for a few minutes. Then add the chili, the smoked paprika and the chili powder. Combine and let it cook for another couple of minutes.
  • At this stage, add the canned tomatoes and the vinegar, stirring everything to combine. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 7 minutes or so, until it has thickened a little bit.
  • Once your potatoes are starting to brown, move them to the side of the skillet. Turn your heat to low and, on the other end, add the garlic and the chives. Let them cook for a couple of minutes, then add the bay leaf, the paprika and stir everything together. Let it cook for a couple more minutes and you’re all done.
  • As soon as your sauce has thickened, blitz it with a hand blender (unless you prefer a chunkier sauce).
  • Serve with the sauce at the bottom, layering a generous amount of potatoes on top. Garnish with some fresh chopped chives. They also go great with some aïoli!
  • Enjoy!


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