Tortilla Española Poblana

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1 chile poblano, roasted, peeled, seeded & chopped

1 ¼ cup olive oil (300ml)

1 lb. white, waxy skin potatoes (500g), peeled & cut into 1/2” dice (1cm)

4 oz. onions, chopped (125g)

2 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

Food release spray (such as Pam)

Freshly chopped cilantro or parsley for garnish

1/4 avocado for garnish


Prepare the chile poblano by roasting, peeling and seeding it. Video instructions here.

Add the olive oil to an 8”/20cm non-stick skillet and heat over medium flame to about 300°F (148°C) Add the onions and fry for about 1 minute. Carefully add the potatoes, lower the heat, and allow to cook for 20 minutes. The potatoes shouldn’t brown but simply cook in the olive oil.

Meanwhile, prepare a glass mixing bowl with a mesh strainer for the next step.

After the potatoes are cooked and tender, remove the pan from the heat. Pour the contents of the pan into the mesh strainer that is placed over the bowl. Reserve the olive oil. Allow the potatoes to cool completely as they drain away the hot olive oil. Allow the cooking pan to cool completely as well.

With a clean paper towel wipe away any remaining vegetable bits from your pan.

In a separate bowl, scramble the eggs and season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped chile poblano as well as the cooled potatoes and onions. Stir to combine well.

Spray your cooking pan with food release spray (even if it is a non-stick pan) Add 2 tbsp. (30ml) of the reserved olive oil to your cooking pan and heat over a medium flame for about 30 seconds. Pour in the potato egg mixture and allow to cook for about 5 minutes. Push along the side of the pan contents with a spoon so that the potatoes do not stick to the edge.

Once the tortilla seems well formed, remove the pan from the heat. Holding the tortilla with a spatula, tilt the cooking pan over a bowl so you can drain any excess cooking oil. You will then need to carefully flip the contents of the hot pan onto a shallow dinner plate, and then slide the tortilla back into the cooking pan so that it toasts on the other side. THIS CAN BE TRICKY AND DANGEROUS! If you have any doubts about flipping the entire tortilla whole, simply flip cut portions of the tortilla. But with a little practice, you should be able to master the flip. Cook on the other side for another 5 minutes until the tortilla is tender but well formed.

Served immediately garnished with freshly chopped cilantro or parsley and avocado.