This blog post was originally posted on January 26, 2015, and was updated on March 23, 2017.
Pork is a central part of the diet in Spain and there are a variety of inventive ways to get your fill of pork while traveling here. That said, you can’t beat the classic – the pork sandwich.
Seville is a city famous for its sandwiches, most often served in their mini montadito version. The best sandwiches in Seville tend to involve pork, although there is also plenty of variety available for seafood lovers and even vegetarians.
During our time here, we’ve sampled all of the best-loved sandwiches available in the city. (A tough job, but somebody has to do it!) Here are our picks for the best pork sandwiches in Seville. Each one is so epic, you may never leave!
1. The Classic: Serranito de Cerdo
A perfectly seared piece of pork loin is topped with salty Serrano ham and a grilled green pepper. Some establishments take things a step further, adding in fresh tomato, scrambled egg and garlic aioli sauce. This is all sandwiched between perfectly toasted bread for a creation that makes sevillanos proud. You can also get this delicious sandwich made with chicken – but it’s not quite the same!
2. The Perfect Pairing: Montadito de Cabrales con Lomo
Thinly sliced pork is combined with the intense flavor of Cabrales cheese, a natural blue cheese from Asturias in northern Spain. The two ingredients couldn’t be better paired and go perfectly with a glass of crisp chilled manzanilla sherry.
3. Mama’s Cooking: Montadito de Pringá
Oh pringá, how we love you so! This sandwich is infinitely better in Seville than in any other city in Spain (where you often can’t even find it!) It’s made with the leftovers from puchero (a popular stew in Seville) and may contain pork, chicken, blood sausage, chorizo, and lard. The recipe varies depending on the person making it, and you’ll often see places selling it by name: “Aunt Mary’s Pringá” or “Grandma’s Pringá”. It sounds like a heart attack on a plate but is an absolute must-try sandwich in Seville.
Join us on our morning Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Seville Food Tour to try this iconic Sevillano specialty, along with many more of the city’s delicious, traditional food and drink!
4. The Flamboyant: Mantecado de Cerdo
Another pork filled delight, this sandwich is named after the popular lard-based Christmas sweet, the mantecado, because of its melt-in-your-mouth creamy whiskey and garlic sauce. A beast of a sandwich, your bread comes stuffed with grilled pork loin, creamy whiskey sauce, and even french fries! This is comfort food at its finest. Although it may look quite simple, the explosive flavor of the sauce makes it one of our favorite sandwiches in Seville.
5. The Don Juan: Piripi
This is another of the city’s most popular montaditos. It’s stuffed with pork, bacon, cheese, tomato and mayonnaise. There’s nothing more satisfying than a couple of these with a cold beer – the perfect snack, be it morning, noon or night!
Has all this talk of delicious pork sandwiches made you hungry? Join us on one of our food tours! You’ll sample a variety of Seville’s tastiest traditional food, including some of its signature sandwiches, all in the company of one of our expert local guides.