Potato and Onion Tortilla

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

I found this recipe in my cookbook called "Four Ingredient Cooking", by Joanna Farrow, it is described as best-known Spanish tortilla. You can add red/yellow peppers, cooked peas, corn, grated Cheddar or Swiss cheese into the mixture in step 2, if you like, and season to taste with salt, pepper and any herbs.


  1. Thinly slice the potatoes.
  2. Heat 5 tablespoons of the oil in a skillet and cook the potatoes and onions, turning frequently, for 10 minutes more, until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a large bowl with a little seasoning.
  4. Tip the potatoes and onions into the eggs and mix gently. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Wipe out the pan skillet with paper towels and heat the remaining oil in it.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and spread it out in an even layer. Cover and cook over very gentle heat for 20 minutes, until the eggs are just set.
  7. Serve cut into wedges.
Most Helpful

A simple recipe with great possibilities. I added cooked breakfast sausage. First, I put sour cream, salsa, jalapenos and mozzarella cheese on spinach tortillas. Then I added the potato mixture and rolled them up. Delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing.

Kat's Mom April 25, 2010

With the addition of salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder in the egg/potato mixture before it cooks, this is a 4. I cooked the onions with the potatoes, and am glad I did. Next time I might cook the onions for a few minutes before adding the potatoes so that they end up caramalizing. Make sure the pan is clean before putting the egg/potato mixture in-- if you do this, and use enough oil, even with a regular stainless steel pan you can get it to come out all in one nice piece.

francoroni December 25, 2009

With only four ingredients I was a little worried how this would taste once I plated it. However, the flavors really shine through simply and beautifully. I'm still not sure the point of adding the mostly cooked potatoes to the egg mixture and letting it sit for ten minutes but I did it this time. Not sure that I will do it again.

invictus October 08, 2009