This blog post was originally posted on January 26, 2015, and was updated on March 25, 2019.
Planning a trip to Seville, but not sure which tapas to dive into first? Try these eight standout dishes to kick start your culinary adventure!
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. Cazón en adobo
Seville sits just an hour away from the Atlantic ocean, so it’s no surprise that locals love seafood, too. Our top pick for a tasty treat: school shark in an a Moorish marinade made of cumin, oregano, vinegar and lemon. Lightly fried and served to order, cazón en adobo is not to be missed.
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!
Hungry yet? Try some of Seville’s most typical bites on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Seville Tour!
Lauren grew up in an Italian-American family where 3-hour meals were the norm. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, she moved to Spain where she launched her popular Spanish food blog, Spanish Sabores, and soon after led groups on the first Devour Madrid food tours.