Spiralized Patatas Bravas

I’ll never turn down an invite for tapas. Who would?! One of my favorite memories...

Spiralized Patatas Bravas

I’ll never turn down an invite for tapas. Who would?!

One of my favorite memories from studying abroad and traveling was tapas-ing with my friend Sarah in Barcelona. I fell in love with the “try a little bit of everything” concept and never fell out of love.

I’m the kind of gal who always craves everything on the menu and wants a bunch of different flavors at once, so tapas is my jam.

Spiralized Patatas Bravas

I’m lucky to live near NYC, where the tapas scene is pretty on point – I’m never disappointed.

What do I usually get? I try to stick to the healthier options, like a light seafood dish like some greens, spicy shrimp, a scoop of paella or a bit of manchego with ham. I try to steer clear of the croquetas (Fried cheese balls, basically), but it’s hard to turn down patatas bravas.

Spiralized Patatas Bravas

Patatas bravas are irresistibly crispy fried potatoes drizzled with bravas sauce – a spicy tomato sauce.

I mean, how good does that sound?!

It sounds good until your stomach cramps up from the fried food and you hate yourself – because, let’s be honest, you can’t just have one or two potatoes – you have to eat the whole plate! Or is that just me?

Spiralized Patatas Bravas

So, I decided to create my own version of patatas bravas by using the Inspiralizer on some potatoes and making a homemade, healthy bravas sauce!

The bravas sauce is easy to make – it’s basically a tomato sauce cooked with paprika and then pureed until smooth with some vinegar and hot sauce. It’s dreamy.

Spiralized Patatas Bravas

Of course, there’s a time and a place for fried food, but to be honest, I don’t miss the fried element with this recipe – it satisfies by patatas bravas craving!

Now, if only I could get my favorite tapas restaurants to start serving this spiralized version. Boqueria, you listening?

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers PointsPlus* 6 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers PointsPlus® calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.


Spiralized Patatas Bravas

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 -8


  • For the potato noodles:
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • For the bravas sauce:
  • 1 15-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce


  • Place the tomatoes with their juices in a medium bowl and, using your hands, break into rough 1-inch pieces and set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the oil. Once oil heats, add in the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, and red pepper flakes, stir to combine, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the tomatoes and their liquid along with the water, salt, bay leaf, and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sauce has thickened and has reduced by about half, about 15 minutes.
  • While the sauce cooks, place another large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the oil. Once oil heats, add in the potato noodles and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Let cook for 10 minutes or until potato noodles are cooked through. When done, set aside on a serving plate and cover.
  • Once sauce is done cooking, remove the bay leaf and transfer the mixture to a blender. Purée the sauce until smooth and then add in the vinegar and hot sauce and pulse again to combine. Taste and add more hot sauce, if needed.
  • Pour the sauce over the potato noodles and garnish with cilantro or parsley. Serve immediately.


with love, Ali

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Recipe Rating


  • Would using tomatoes with a peel seriously affect the consistency of this sauce? I've got a whole carton of them to use before they go bad!
  • Just made this,and it's absolutely scrumptious!!! I will definitely be making again. This would probably taste yummy with a fried egg on top as well.
  • Hello !! :) Sorry to tell you this but I am spanish and I you can't help it: croquettes are not made out of cheese and patatas braves can be cooked in the oven for a healthier version. Anyway If you understand spanish I recommend you this version http://www.telecinco.es/robinfood/recetas/Patatas-bravas_0_1957200121.html if not I can translate it for you ;) un abrazo!
  • I made this and the sauced was fine but the potatoes were really gummy and unevenly cooked. guess I should have cut the spirals before I cooked them?