Spanish-Inspired Main Dishes

Discover the foods of Spain with these main dish recipes.

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Jamie's Moorish Pork Chops

Dried fruit mixed with meat is a Moorish tradition that left its mark on Spanish cuisine. Use thick pork chops to make this dish, since they get stuffed.

Get the Recipe: My Moorish Pork Chops

Tyler's Ultimate Paella

Try Tyler's version of the most iconic Spanish dish, complete with chicken, chorizo, clams, shrimp and lobster tails.

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Spanish Stuffed Bell Peppers from Padma Lakshmi

These veal and rice-stuffed peppers get a hit of spice from curry powder and cayenne pepper.

Get the Recipe: Spanish Stuffed Bell Peppers

Emeril's Torta

This tapa is an omelet topped with the bold flavors of Spain, like chorizo, smoked paprika and sardines.

Gazpacho With Maine Lobster: Gazpacho con Bogavante

This is gazpacho fine-dining style, with a modern twist. The lobster and other garnishes are artfully arranged in the bowl, and then the gazpacho is poured over it all at the table when it's served.

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Meatballs in Almond Sauce (Albondigas en Salsa con Picada de Almendras)

These meatballs cook in a sauce typical of Catalan cooking, with fried almonds, garlic and bread. This recipe is from The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden.

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Tyler's Potato and Chorizo Tortilla

Potato and egg tortillas are popular all over Spain, especially in tapas bars. Tyler adds some chorizo to this version to make it a meal.

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Spanish-Style White Bean, Kale and Chorizo Soup

This hearty Spanish-inspired soup is full of chorizo sausage, beans and kale, and flavored with a pinch of saffron.

Get the Recipe: Spanish-Style White Bean, Kale and Chorizo Soup

Jamie's Favorite Paella

Jamie encourages you to make this dish your own by adding the meats that appeal to you and in-season veggies.

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Emeril's Sweet Shrimp With Chorizo and Onions

This fast and fresh tapas dish makes a great meal when paired with a few sides.

Estofado De Rabo De Toro (Bull's Tail Stew)

These oxtails are marinated and then cooked slowly in Spanish wine until they're fall-off-the-bone tender.

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Bell Peppers Stuffed With Rice in Tomato Sauce (Pimientos Rellenos de Arroz con Salsa de Tomates)

These rice-stuffed peppers in homemade tomato sauce could make a nice vegetarian entree (unless you use chicken stock). This recipe is from The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden.

Get the Recipe: Bell Peppers Stuffed with Rice in Tomato Sauce (Pimientos Rellenos de Arroz con Salsa de Tomates)

Escabeche

Follow Emeril's lead to try cooking Spanish mackerel, tasty in a refreshing orange sauce.

Rachael's Rice Pilaf With Chorizo Casserole

Rachael gives this easy dinner dish a Spanish twist by adding chorizo and saffron.

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Paella Valenciana

Valencia is known for its great paella, and this unusual version includes lots of Spanish beans and skips the usual mixture of seafood.

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Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup

Rachael gives this homemade comfort food a little Spanish twist.

Get the Recipe: Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup