Typical Madrid dishes

Without a doubt, one of the great attractions of the Community of Madrid is its gastronomy. In fact, during the last years we are witnessing a true phenomenon where gastronomy is everywhere. Thus, new gastronomic spaces, cookery schools, gastronomic routes, specialized shops do not stop being born ...

One of the things we like the most about the gastronomic proposals offered in the capital is that we can find dishes with the flavor of yesteryear, although in many cases adapted to the new times. Of course, if you have the opportunity to visit Madrid, there are some typical dishes that you will have to try. We'll tell you about some of the most traditional dishes in the region below!

Madrid stew

Madrid stew
We want to start talking about the Madrid stew, a stew that has chickpeas as the main ingredient. Of course, this dish also includes vegetables, meats, pork bacon and some sausage. Although its origin is humble, little by little he came to high society. The most common is to serve it by separating its ingredients, already cooked, into three parts, known as overturns: the first contains the broth; the second the chickpeas, vegetables and potatoes; and the third is meat.

Tripe in Madrid

Another very typical dish of the region are callos a la madrileña, which are made mainly with guts cow. The normal thing is to serve it hot in a clay saucepan and accompanied by slices of chorizo, blood sausage and streaky ham. Ideal for winter, it is often said that it is tastier the day after you do it.

Garlic soup

Garlic soup
Castilian garlic soup is also very typical of Madrid. It contains water or broth, stale bread, paprika, olive oil, bay leaf, poached egg and, of course, garlic. It is also a humble dish. Of course, it is important to keep in mind that today you can find many variants. As in other parts of Spain, in Madrid cuisine it is a very important dish during Easter.

Snails a la madrileña

We also want to talk to you about snails a la madrileña, one of the dishes that we can see the most in bars and taverns in Madrid. Cooked over low heat, the snails are accompanied by a sauce based on a concentrated meat broth with sausages slaughter. The most common is to serve them in a clay pot.

Sea bream in Madrid

Madrid has no sea, but one of its most typical dishes has a fish as the protagonist. We are referring to the bream in Madrid, which is made by oven. Typical of Christmas cuisine, it is usually accompanied by vegetables, prawns and a fumet. One of the peculiarities of this dish is that it is made quickly, since the fish should not stay in the oven for more than 10 minutes.

Squid sandwich

As it could not be otherwise, we must also talk about the squid sandwich, which is made with squid a la romana (battered in flour and fried in oil). This sandwich can be found in the vast majority of bars in Madrid, especially in the Plaza Mayor. It is quite common to add Mayonnaise and the ideal is to accompany it with a cold beer rod.


Without a doubt, one of the things you should do in Madrid is go for tapas, where you can taste some of the typical dishes that we have mentioned and many others such as the omelette skewer, the grilled ear, the garlic prawns, the gallinejas (fried lamb viscera), fried potatoes ... eggs deserve a special mention starry, also known as broken eggs, which are served together with fried potatoes and chorizo, ham, chistorra or bacon.


Finally, we want to tell you about some of the most typical sweets in Madrid, such as churros with chocolate, wind fritters, Donuts from San Isidro, the bartolillos, the tiles and the wafers, and the chatitas.

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