It is said that the first known document that relates exactly to the tortilla de patatas comes from 1817, precisely from Navarra.
The legend says that it was General Thomas Zumalacárregui who, during the siege of Bilbao, invented the tortilla as a simple, fast and nutritious dish for his men. Although it is also unknown if it is true as they said that the tortilla began to spread during the first Carlista Wars.
Another version of the legend claimed that who invented it was an anonymous housewife in a house in Navarra. In her house the mentioned Zumalacárregui stopped for a few days to rest. When lunch time was approaching, the lady, who was so poor offered only what she had, eggs, onions and potatoes, which for their surprise ended up creating a masterpiece for the Spanish cuisine.
Be that as it may, the fact is that it is currently one of the dishes that all Spaniards carry in their genes and one that a lot of us foreigners love, it’s to be admired. As simple as the dish may be, “we all love a bit of tortilla”, don’t we?. It can be enjoyed in any corner of Spain. We recommend you to enjoy this dish with a nice glass of tinto, bread and quite posibly a nice, varied salad.