Everyone loves tapas and no wonder. They are simple to make and encourage noshing. Need ideas? Check out these one-of-a-kind tapas party recipes.
You wouldn’t think of it, but tapas have been around for centuries. They are, after all, the perfect party food and so quick and easy to make.
Best of all, you don’t have to make a whole bunch to feed a crowd. Just a taste is all your guests need before going onto the next tidbit.
Bring on the Noshing – 40 Amazing Tapas Party Recipes
Not sure what to serve at your next party?
I’ve got you covered with these amazing tapas party recipes, sure to make your job as host (or hostess) a breeze.
1. Catalan Bread
Spanish tapas doesn’t get any better than bread, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. The recipe can be made up by your guests at a food station you set up just for this delicious morsel. Recipe: Spanish Catalan Bread
2. Marinated Olives, Mushrooms and Peppers
Whether you purchase them or make it homemade, a tapas party wouldn’t be the same without marinated olives, mushrooms and peppers. Check out this super recipe for a homemade version that’s light and flavorful: Marinated Olives.
3. Spiced Nuts and Seeds
It’s always great to nosh from a bowl set out just for your guests to self-serve themselves. Try flavorful nuts or seeds. You might want to include spiced walnuts, cashews, almonds, Spiced Macadamia Nuts or even Pumpkin Seeds.
4. Potato Skins
Take a tried but true recipe like twice baked potatoes and divide each potato into smaller portions. That’s the beauty of tapas–it’s not how large the portion but the mini bites you get to sample. Recipe: Stuffed Potato Skins
5. Potato Balls
The Spanish love potatoes and nowhere is this more evident than a take on french fries. These small morsels are perfect to dip in a variety of sauces. Just make sure you make enough for your guests to sample at lease a handful each. Recipe: French Fried Potato Balls
Empanadas are basically made with a meat filling encased in a crisp doughy crust. Some versions are baked, while others fried. Either way, they are smallish and definitely a favorite among tapas enthusiasts. Recipe: Tuna Empanadas
7. Beef Tartare
Don’t get turned off by the idea of eating raw beef. It has been done for centuries and with great success. The art and science behind eating tartare is using a high grade beef–think tenderloin. All the other ingredients that are classic tartare additions should also be the freshest and best you can purchase. Why? Because it isn’t often that you’ll get to sample this delicacy with such panache. Recipe: Restaurant-Quality Beef Tartare
8. Chicken Satay
One of my all time favorite tapas, you can’t go wrong with Chicken Satay. Both the preparation and grilling takes very little time. It’s best to offer several dipping sauces from creamy peanut to Asian ginger for your guests’ pleasure. Recipe: Chicken Satay
9. Stuffed Tomatoes
Tomatoes can be the perfect finger food when stuffed with a variety of fillings. From cold salads to cooked meat, you won’t believe how simple and easy it is to nosh in style. Recipe: Tomato Stuffed with Ground Beef
Hummus is one of my go-to recipes for tapas parties. Why? It’s so economical and healthy at the same time. Hummus goes well with baked pitas, toasted bread and sliced vegetables. Recipe: Baba Ganoush – Hummus with Eggplant
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11. Franks and Smokies
There’s something crazy good about matching cranberries and bacon. You get the best of both worlds, smoke and sweet-tart all in one bite. But when you add smokies (small franks), you get a tapas worthy of celebrating. Recipe: Cranberry Bacon Smokies
12. Caprese Salad
Tapas aren’t limited to the Spanish, the Italians have dibs on this one too. Take for example, Caprese Salad. You can skewer the ingredients on bamboo or let guests serve individual portions on small plates. Either way, it’s delicioso! Recipe: Classic Caprese Salad
13. Antipasti Plate
From fresh fruit to sliced sausages and cheese, these finger foods can be placed out and forgotten. Replace as necessary. Recipe: Cheese and Charcuterie Board
14. Tortilla Wraps
Wraps can be meal-size or snack-size, it’s all how you cut them. And, when filled with fresh vegetables and meat, you’ve got tapas aplenty. Recipe: Tortilla Filled with Fresh Vegetables and Smoked Salmon
Baked or fried meatballs can be made with ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken and eaten with bamboo skewers for individual portions. Start with this Recipe: Homemade Meatballs
Toasted bread becomes a charmed tapas when spread with a dollop of fresh toppings. Recipe: Bruschetta with Tomato and Cucumber Salad
17. Lettuce Wraps and Endive
Endive like many lettuces becomes an winner when it comes to individual wraps and scoops when paired with a variety of fillings. Try red lentil salad with dill, turkey salad, or even Waldorf Salad.
18. Deep Fried Cheese Balls
Wisconsinites know good cheese, so when it comes to tapas, you can’t beat fried cheese balls for single servings.
19. Wieners in Puff Pastry
You could use crescent rolls but why when you can use puff pastry. It’s light and fluffy but filling. Recipe: Wieners in Puff Pastry
20. Meatballs Wrapped in Eggplant and Zucchini
Add a veggie touch to your party tapas with ribbons of eggplant or zucchini. They become the perfect foil with meatballs. Recipe: Turkish Meatballs
21. Fried Mushrooms
Nothing spells elegance than fried mushrooms. Rich and meaty, they can be eaten with bamboo skewers or appetizer forks. Recipe: Balsamic Pan Fried Mushrooms
22. Bruschetta with Pumpkin
Bruschetta is elevated to the sublime when using a pumpkin spread. Recipe: Bruschetta with Pumpkin and Feta
23. Potato Halves
Small spuds can become finger-friendly when baked to perfection. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chives. Recipe: Baked Potato Halves
24. Pesto Spread
Pesto is one of the simplest recipes I know of that can be made ahead of time and then served at room temperature. Mix and match with a variety of nuts and cheeses. Recipe: Mixed Herb and Nut Pesto
25. Fruit Kebabs
Not all tapas have to be dinner fare, some tapas are meant to be a bit on the sweet side. Be sure to offer some finger desserts to your guests, too. Related: Balsamic Glazed Fruit Kebabs
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26. Avocado Salad
Guacamole or avocado salad becomes a meal in itself with the addition of grilled shrimp. Recipe: Avocado Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Spanish tapas parties must offer some Jamón (Spanish Ham) and chorizo. Serve sliced for easy bites. Recipe: How to Choose Charcuterie
Perfect at room temperature, amazing when baked in pastry. Layer with fruit preserves and nuts. Serve with toasted bread or crackers. Recipe: Brie Wrapped in Puff Pastry
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Fingerling potatoes become crunchy with a touch of saltiness, thanks to a two step baking process. As a tapas, you can’t eat just one. Recipe: Smashed Potatoes
30. Asparagus Tapas
Asparagus is delicious alone but when paired with bacon and rich pastry, it’s simply the easiest tapas to prepare ahead of time. Bake when ready. Recipe: Bacon-Crescent Asparagus Spirals
31. Shrimp Tapas
I love shrimp for its versatility. It’s easily made into ceviche or grilled kebabs. Recipe: Fried Marinated Shrimp
32. Salmon on Toast
Smoked fish, like salmon, is the perfect tapas appetizer. It’s both light and refreshing. Dress with light sour cream.
33. Lentil Salad
Beans and legumes get transformative when made for tapas. And, when made as a salad for light dining, it’s amazingly delicious. Serve on small plates. Recipe: Red Lentil Salad
34. Grilled Chicken
Warm and tasty, grilled meat will get great applause when marinated with rich spices. As a tapas, grill until done and serve with dipping sauce. Recipe: Chicken Tikka
35. Chips and Salsa
Simple and easy, you can’t beat chips and salsa for tapas. Best when used with warmed tortilla chips. Recipe: Lone Star Salsa
36. Vegetarian Crudités
Sometimes you have to take your tapas to a new level–vegetarian. That’s why using pattypan can be so eye-opening. It’s perfect like a bruschetta but healthy, as a veggie. Recipe: Roasted Pattypan with Basil and Tomatoes
37. Vegetables and Dip
Dips are the perfect tapas. From breadsticks, to vegetable sticks, it’s fun for guests to dip at will. Recipe: Creamy Dill Dip
38. Pizza Puffs
Light and airy, spicy and cheesy, pizza puffs bake up in no time at all. You can make the batter up beforehand and bake when needed. Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
39. Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets are the perfect finger food with a variety of sauces. Add this to your tapas menu for a delightfully simple appetizer. Recipe: Parmesan Chicken Nuggets
40. Hot Artichoke Dip
Artichokes become hot, hot, hot when made into a baked dip. As a tapas party recipe, it doesn’t get any easier. Use with toast, vegetables and baked pita chips. Recipe: Hot Artichoke Dip