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Banderillas Recipe - A Spanish Tapa


Banderillas with Quail Eggs

Banderillas with Quail Eggs

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These easy tapas called Banderillas get their name from the barbed darts used during a bullfight! Fortunately, these banderillas aren't dangerous and are a very simple-to-prepare tapa. They require no cooking! Basically, if you can open a jar and skewer the ingredients on a toothpick, you can make banderillas! The trick is to make them colorful, with flavors that complement each other and excite your pallet.

Buy jars of these ingredients and keep them on hand in your kitchen for those times when unexpected guests arrive or you receive a last-minute invitation.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 box round toothpicks
  • 1 jar gherkin pickles
  • 1 jar cocktail onions
  • 1 jar green olives (pitted & stuffed with pimento, garlic or anchovies)
  • 1 can anchovies
  • 1 can chunk white tuna in oil
  • 1 can or jar artichoke hearts in water or oil, cut in halves
  • 1 jar banana wax peppers or pepperoncini
  • 12 quail eggs, boiled (optional)


NOTE: You will not need ALL of the above ingredients! We recommend that you choose 3-4 different ingredients to slide onto a toothpick. Pick items that you think will go well together. Lay each one on a plate until you have a nice, colorful presentation.

Traditional banderillas are made with the pickle, onion, olive and tuna skewered onto the toothpick, however, you can mix and match the ingredients listed above.

Be careful to choose peppers such as the suggested Banana Wax Peppers or Pepperoncini and not a hot pepper, such as Jalapeño. Hot, spicy peppers will over-power the rest of the ingredients.

For something a bit different, add a hard-boiled quail egg to each toothpick!

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