Spain may seem like a difficult place to eat vegetarian food, but when you know where to go and what to eat, it can become a true foodie haven! Vegetarians might be put off by the menus featuring meat in all its glory, but we’ll tell you all about the tapas dishes that will get you excited about your trip to Santiago! Have a look at our list of the best vegetarian tapas in Santiago!
These are creamy, crispy small bites that you can find on tapas menus all over Galicia and Spain! They’re made of a thick béchamel sauce with bits of meat, fish or vegetables, then coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Some great vegetarian options are; croquetas de setas (mushroom croquettes), croquetas de puerro y queso (leek and cheese croquettes) and croquetas de queso cabrales (cabrales cheese croquettes; cabrales is a strong cheese from the north of Spain). Try them! They’re one of our favorite vegetarian tapas in Santiago!
Queso Tetilla con Membrillo
Mild, creamy Galician cheese paired with sweet, tangy membrillo fruit jelly. Sounds like a match made in heaven; it’s so good Galicians sometimes eat this as a dessert! Queso Tetilla is the most famous Galician cheese and it’s easily recognizable due to its cone-shape! A pasteurized cows’ milk cheese that’s matured for no more than 30 days, it’s the perfect partner for the autumn favorite; membrillo or quince jelly!
Fried potatoes and a spicy tomato sauce, so simple and so delicious! Don’t underestimate this popular Spanish tapas dish! It’s the backbone of almost every tapas menu and a great option for vegetarian tapas in Santiago. The potatoes are cut into wedge-like cubes, deep fried and served with a a spicy tomato sauce and in many places, the spiciness of the tomato sauce is balanced by a serving of garlic mayonnaise (alioli) sauce! What could be better than fried potatoes with two delicious sauces!
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Pimientos de Padrón
These bright green little peppers are perfect when eating vegetarian tapas in Santiago! Most of these peppers are mild, but every so often you might get a hot one! Because they all look the same, it’s impossible to tell which are hot and which are not. In fact, there is a popular Galician saying about these little peppers: Os pementos de Padrón, uns pican e outros non (Padrón peppers, some are hot and some are not!) There isn’t much mystery behind this delicious vegetarian tapa in Santiago—fry the peppers in lots of olive oil and then sprinkle with a little rock salt. Simple but delicious!
Spanish tortilla is a bit different to its Mexican cousin of the same name! Spanish tortilla is a delicious mix of eggs, potatoes and onions. Similar to a frittata, it’s one of the most popular vegetarian tapas in Santiago. Locals love to eat it for dinner with a salad and a chilled glass of wine too! Tortilla-enthusiasts almost always have a preference for how they like theirs; firm and cooked through or soft and runny on the inside! If you’re making this at home, the original tortilla recipe is as simple as can be—made with just three ingredients and a big pinch of salt!
Want to know more about the fantastic tapas in Santiago? Join us for an Insider’s Tapas & Wine evening tour and learn how to order and “go for tapas” in Spain! We’re happy to modify our experiences to suit your dietary needs, so if you’re on the lookout for vegetarian tapas in Santiago, we’ve got you covered!