What the H*** is a Pintxo?!


Basque Country is famous for their pintxos. People from all around Spain know about Pintxos. If you are not from Spain you may be thinking  "what the h*** is a pintxo?"

A pintxo (pincho in Spanish) is a small dish that you will find in most dining establishments in Basque Country. Pintxos aren't a specific thing but rather an idea or concept or what food can be.

Pintxos are not tapas. Tapas are often what many people visualize when they think of pintxos. Tapas are a smaller version of a full sized dish. Pintxos are specifically designed to be a small size. There is no larger size of a Pintxo. If you want more of the dish you need to order multiples.

Pintxos are designed to be eaten in no more than a few bites. They usually come on bread and may be staked with a cocktail stick. They are generally kept behind glass on top of the bar. Beyond these few commonalities there are no real rules to what a pintxo can and can't be. They can be made up of a variety of different meats, veggies, and seafood.

Patatas Bravas

This spicy potato dish is a typical dish. Though it is not technically a pintxo it is a nice compliment. And unlike pintxos, patatas bravas you will need to eat with a fork.

These potatoes are fried in oil till they are crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside. They are then seasoned and plated.Once plated the potatoes are then sauced and often garnished before making it out to you. 

The traditional sauce that accompanies this dish is a spicy one. The base of the sauce is usually tomato and cayenne. Beyond those two base ingredients the sauce may vary between restaurants.

Patatas Bravas are a must try and are incredibly delicious. The patatas bravas displayed in this article not only have the traditional spicy tomato sauce but a cheese sauce and avocado topping as well.


Mosto is the Spanish word for grape juice. You can choose between red and white with the white being the sweeter of the two. It is a very popular non alcoholic pairing to a pintxo.

Mosto is usually served in a tumbler glass and is accompanied with an olive and an orange slice. It's very tasty! 

Pintxos are a cultural phenomenon to the region and embody the life here. They can be found in every part of Basque Country. The flavours, the creativity and the passion that goes into creating a pintxo is well worth the time and effort. 

Not convinced? 

Come to Basque Country, try the pintxos, your palate will thank you for it.

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