Tarantas Taste Of Spain Recipe Contest

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Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest is taking recipe entries where one lucky winner will win a trip to Spain!


As most of you know, I love traveling, cooking and wine, so I am thrilled to share this awesome opportunity with you. If you enjoy the same things, this is a contest you do not want to miss. Honestly, what sounds better than a free trip to Spain?My So Called Balanced Life is thrilled to share the Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest.


My family and I have been to Spain and loved it. The atmosphere, food, culture, wine, and adventure is an absolute dream come true. While we were in Spain, my husband could not get enough of the food, and I could not get enough of the delicious Spanish wine. Since visiting Spain, we have come up with our own version of a simple paella which does not contain any shellfish because I am allergic. Here is our simple and delicious paella recipe.

Simple and Delicious Paella

Here is what you need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons oregano
salt and white pepper to taste
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs (we use bone in)
3 cloves crushed garlic
2 1/2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
1 pinch saffron threads
5 Roma tomatoes de-seeded sliced
1 tablespoon freeze dried parsley
1 quart chicken stock
1 large lemon, zested
1/2 of a large red onion chopped
1 red bell pepper coarsely chopped
1 pound chorizo sausage crumbled
1 tablespoon dried Jalapeños (optional)

Put oil in a large pan (we have a paella pan) and heat on med-high. Sear the chicken with salt and pepper cook until almost done. Add chorizo, breaking it up as it cooks. Add the onion, bell pepper and tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Add the paprika, white pepper, red pepper flake, oregano and parsley stir in. Add chicken stock and simmer. Add rice and saffron and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and rice is soft.

The paella pairs with perfectly with Tarantas Tempranillo organic wine. Tarantas has an incredible variety of Spanish wine that is delicious, organic and affordable.

Tarantas paella dinner

Here are the instructions to enter the contest:

To enter the Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest, simply uncork your creativity and a bottle of Spanish wine, then develop a tasty dish in one of five categories: 1) Small Plates/Tapas. 2) Main Dish. 3) Side Dish, Soup or Salad. 4) Dessert. 5) Wine-Based Craft Cocktail.

Tarantas Organic Wine captures the essence of Spain in every glass, inspired by Flamenco song and dance.

One Grand Prize winner receives a Five-day, four-night trip for two to Spain including air transportation, accommodations in Requena and Valencia, and private tours of the winery and Valencia. Four First Prize winners receive a $100 Grocery Store Gift Card.

You can find Tarantas wines at fine retailers nationwide including Whole Foods Market, and online at www.ecovinewine.com or www.organicwineexchange.com. Visit www.tarantaswines.com for details.

U.S. citizens over 21 can submit entries through April 15, 2016. All entrants must include a Tarantas wine pairing or the wine as an ingredient in the cocktail. Visit www.tarantaswines.com/recipes for details and entry forms.
Do you have a favorite Spanish recipe or Spanish food? I would love for you to share it with me in the comments.


  1. Linda Szymoniak says

    I just made Paella last night, although it was an easy recipe that used packaged, seasoned rice, so I only had to add shrimp, sausage, and veggies. I was surprised that my picky husband ate it (I’m tired of making the same dozen or so recipes that I know he’ll eat, so finding something new that he doesn’t turn his nose up at is a good thing). It was my first time making a traditional Spanish dish. Perhaps in time I can get good enough to come up with my own variations.

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