American in Spain

Inverted Spanish Tortilla Recipe

September 4, 2009
Stuffed Peppers

Recently someone told us of an outside-the-box way of preparing a Spanish tortilla de patatas. Rather than cutting up peppers and cooking them inside the tortilla, what if you put the tortilla inside the peppers? An inverted Spanish tortilla!

When a friend of ours who has a little vegetable farm gave us a bag of enormous gorgeous green peppers, we knew we had to try this recipe.


Tortilla de Patatas Ingredients

Potatoes, eggs, peppers, and optional onion. I used half of the onion, all the potatoes you see here, all the eggs, and it ended up being enough to fill seven peppers.


Sliced Potatoes

Slice the potatoes thinly. We have an adapter to our blender that lets me slice potatoes perfectly evenly like this. Without such a device, the process just takes a little more time and care to do with a knife.

Diced Onion

Dice the onion.

Frying Potatoes and Onions

Fry the potatoes and onions together in very hot oil until the potatoes turn golden brown.

Fried Potatoes and Eggs

Remove the potatoes from the oil (I use a colander with a bowl underneath to collect the oil) and add all the eggs. Getting the right egg-to-potato ratio can be tricky.

I made too much potatoes and eggs for the dinner with my wife, but this stuff keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days.

Cutting open a pepper

Remove the stems and seeds from the pepper, while leaving the body intact.

Hollow Pepper

It should look like this. Now simply spoon in the potato and egg mix.

Frying stuffed peppers

And fry them.

Frying stuffed peppers

Flipped over after underside is cooked. Peppers take a good long time to cook, so 20-30 minutes is not an unreasonable amount of time for them to be in the oil. Just don't let them get completely black.

Stuffed Peppers Served

Serve with wine, of course.

Pepper Cross-section


Stuffed Peppers Eating Stuffed Peppers

Before you know it, they'll disappear!


In the end, the conclusion that my wife and I drew about this recipe was that the taste isn't any better than just a regular tortilla with the peppers cooked inside it, and this is considerably more work (twice the frying time). It is, however, a clever gimmick to do for dinner parties. It's novel, which will please your guests, but it's not worth the effort if you're just making dinner for yourself.