Tapa Thursdays: Champiñones

If I were to list the three foods I most despised, it would be easy: canned tuna, eggs and mushrooms.

Yes, I picked three of the most commonly used ingredients in Spanish cuisine, and the only big additions to ensaladilla rusa.

You might say the Novio is on a mission to change my tastes, but I’ve been slowly trying. Afterall, I once didn’t eat fish, and it’s practically a staple in all Spanish diets. Champis are slowly working their way into my palette, disguised in tasty tapas without my knowledge more often than not.

What it is: A plain old mushroom. Wild mushrooms are often called setas or boletus.

Where it’s from: Mushrooms are cultivated all over Europe, but nearby Aracena is known for their wild mushrooms, which bloom in the fall.

Where to find it in Seville: Believe it or not, there are a few ways that I eat mushrooms. Most often, they get consumed in risotto (try the creamy dish at Zelai, C/Albareda 22), but I love the mushroom heads with a minty green sauce as Las Golondrinas (C/Antillano Campos, 26). Even I am daring enough to add chopped up pieces to hamburger patties!

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. I can’t remember what the name was of the tapas I had at Alcaravan in Arcos de la Frontera. The ambience of the place was amazing and if my memory serves me well, the meats were freshly grilled in a little kitchen space just near the entrance. Gotta say though that those champiñones in the photo look delicious!! I don’t like all types of mushrooms, but I do like some types grilled, marinated or stuffed.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      I’ve been there, actually! Lovely little stop, holed up, pretty good food. Can’t say I tried the mushrooms, though!

  2. Yum. I remember when I was young I disliked mushrooms and slowly grew to like them. Then my dad would fool my brother and hide them in spagetti sauce.
    Now I eat mushrooms raw and cooked and as many varieties as I can find.
    How did you like this tapa? there’s no hiding these are champis!
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  3. I heard that if you try it 10 times in a row you will end up liking it. Not sure if that is true for everything, but it worked for me with V8 juice back in the US. I had one small can every day for 10 days and now sometimes I even crave/miss it. I happen to love mushrooms and that picture just drew me into the post! YUM
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