Savoring the Best of Andalusian Tapas: Pork Cheeks in Sauce

Savoring the Best of Andalusian Tapas: Pork Cheeks in Sauce

In the heart of Andalusia, where culinary traditions are as rich as the region’s history, one tapas dish stands out as a true gem—Pork Cheeks in Sauce. This delicacy, born from the fusion of Moorish and Spanish flavors, exemplifies the artistry and passion that Andalusians infuse into their cuisine.

Pork cheeks, known locally as “carrillada,” are carefully braised until they reach a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. What elevates this dish to culinary excellence is the rich and savory sauce in which the pork cheeks are bathed. Infused with a medley of spices, including paprika, garlic, and a hint of local wine, the sauce creates a symphony of flavors that dance on the taste buds.

Pork Cheeks in Sauce Recipe:


  • Pork cheeks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Diced onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Paprika, cumin, bay leaves (for seasoning)
  • Red wine
  • Beef or vegetable broth


  1. Season pork cheeks with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear pork cheeks until golden brown on all sides; set aside.
  4. In the same pot, sauté diced onions, minced garlic, and a blend of paprika, cumin, and bay leaves until aromatic.
  5. Deglaze with a splash of red wine, allowing the flavors to meld.
  6. Return seared pork cheeks to the pot, nestling them into the flavorful mixture.
  7. Add enough beef or vegetable broth to cover the meat.
  8. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, cover the pot, and let pork cheeks braise slowly until fork-tender.
  9. Serve the succulent pork cheeks with a drizzle of the savory sauce.

Sometimes the wine is replaced by whisky.