This blog post was originally posted on January 26, 2015, and was updated on March 2, 2017.
Seville is arguably the best place to eat in Spain—but where to begin? These are the dishes you can’t leave without trying (you can thank us later!)
People in Spain like to say they “live in the streets” in reference to their tendency to spend a lot of time outside of the home. The cafés, bars, and promenades of Seville are no exception to this Spanish rule. The fact that small tapas portions are served in nearly every restaurant in the city (which isn’t the case in most of the country!) means that it’s easy to eat out more often than in!
There are many typical foods in Seville, and narrowing them down to eight dishes is nearly impossible. But after putting our favorites to a vote here’s what we’ve come up with. If you try these Seville specialties on your next visit, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with the food in our beloved city.
1. Secreto Iberico
Let’s start with the creme de la creme, and the warning that our selections are a meat-heavy bunch—see here for our favorite veggie places in Seville! Secreto Ibérico is probably the most melt-in-your-mouth cut of pork that exists, only rivaled by the nearly as delicious presa ibérica. If you look for these two cuts while out, you won’t go wrong.
2. Carrillada de Cerdo
Pork cheek is one of Seville’s most traditional stewed meats, and that means it’s pretty easy to find in tapas bars around town. Usually cooked in a simple wine reduction, some add carrots, cloves, and garlic to the mix. A good carrillada should be extremely tender and full of flavor, and it’s best accompanied by a big glass of red wine.
3. Espinacas con Garbanzos
There may not be many veggie friendly tapas on this list, but the traditional combination of spinach and chickpeas had to make the cut. The recipe has roots in Seville’s Moorish and Jewish history and is especially popular in today’s tapas bars served with a picatoste (a large homemade crouton).
4. Serranito de Lomo
Back to the pork, we couldn’t talk about typical foods in Seville without mentioning the serranito, the city’s signature sandwich. Seared pork loin is topped with salty Serrano ham and a grilled green pepper. If you don’t eat pork don’t worry—there’s a chicken version available too!
5. Solomillo al Whiskey
The origins of Seville’s popular whiskey sauce are a bit confusing, but regardless the story the sauce has evolved to one of the city’s most famous. Whiskey, garlic, and olive oil combine to create one of the best glazes for grilled pork loin ever invented.
6. Montadito de Pringa
Another of Seville’s best sandwiches, this time including the glorious pringá stuffing—the leftovers of Seville’s delicious puchero stew, all mashed up and perfectly combined. The versions vary but generally include chicken, blood sausage, and chorizo. Just order it!
7. Cola de Toro
We have a confession to make. Usually, when menus include cola de toro (bull tail) it’s actually braised oxtail (bull meat is very expensive and quite difficult to buy). But who cares when it tastes delicious anyway! Here in Seville, you can get a tapa of cola de toro, generally prepared much like carrillada, in a red wine reduction.
Something sweet had to make the list! Torrijas are generally made with stale bread that is soaked in beaten eggs before being deep fried. Later they are covered in sugar syrup, honey or sweetened milk. In Seville, they are eaten in pastry shops mainly around Semana Santa (Holy Week). However, many restaurants realize they make a fantastic dessert all year long—especially topped with ice cream!
Don’t miss out on any of these typical foods in Seville! Come and join us on one of our food tours to try some traditional foods, meet the people behind them, and hear the stories of Seville. We look forward to sharing the best bites of our city with you!