Friday, 8 February 2013

Paprika de papa (Paprika Potatoes)

Potatoes make such a wonderful comfort food - and potatoes and paprika are a match made in heaven! This recipe is very simple, and although it's part of Costa Rican Food month, I'm sure that similar dishes are cooked in many other countries all over the world. Because it's just a winning formula.

Although simple and easy to make - these potatoes just knocked my metaphorical socks off. This is a recipe which will go in your regular rotation, it's been added to mine. I plan to make this again and again and again!

This basic recipe can also be slightly adapted to your mood. If you want a bit of heat add some more hot paprika, if you want that smoky taste, add a bit of smoked paprika. You could also add cumin or even lemon juice for a bit of sour tang. So many possibilities! But try the original recipe first, then you can play around with it. Serve with corn tortillas and chopped fresh coriander. 

5-6 large potatoes
5 cloves garlic
4 tbsp olive oil (you'll need a bit more if you aren't using a non stick pan)
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1 pinch hot paprika (optional)
1 tsp sugar
Cracked pepper to taste.

Fresh coriander, to serve
Corn tortillas, to serve

To Make
1. Peel and cube the potatoes. Peel and slice the garlic.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large frypan (I highly recommend non stick)
3. Add the potatoes, garlic, paprika, salt, sugar and pepper.
4. Fry on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Stir often to avoid sticking to the pan.
5. Serve in corn tortillas topped with fresh coriander.

Serves 4.


  1. These potatoes look delicious..I'm a potato lover, give them to me any way! How different eating them in a tortilla. Great recipe.

  2. Ooh yum. These look so flavorsome! I am a huge potato fan as well, this recipe is right up my alley!

  3. I used a slightly too high heat, but still came out lovely. Will do again soon.

  4. I made these for lunch, they came out great! Thanks!

  5. These are great potatoes! So easy and delicious!

  6. When you add the sugar can you use artificial sugar