The debate of the century: with or without onion.

Spanish tortilla is a traditional dish in Spain similar to an omelette. It has eggs, potatoes, and sometimes diced onions. In Spain people are passionate about food, especially traditional food, and there is a fierce debate in Spain about which type of tortilla is better: with or without onions.

Traditionalists will claim that putting onions in tortilla is sacrilegious. It’s akin to putting ketchup on a steak.

Flavorists claim that without the onion, the tortilla doesn’t have flavor. Without the onions all you have is just potatoes and eggs.

As a foreigner, I’ve been asked countless times which side I’m on. “Que te gusta más? Tortilla con o sin cebollas?” (What do you prefer? Tortilla with or without onions.) The responses from my answer have either been cheers of glee or looks of disgust. They are so passionate about me preferring onion on Spanish tortilla.

Be very careful when answering this seemingly innocent question. It can start fierce debates and upset others if you choose the wrong side.

In my experience team flavor is winning this debate in Madrid. Around 75% of the people asking me about my tortilla preferences prefer tortilla with onions, but the debate continues.

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