What is a Bocadillo?

Danita Delimont/ Gallo Images/ Getty Images

A traditional Spanish bocadillo, is a type of sandwich served on a baguette. It's different than that you may think of when you hear the word sandwich.

Sandwiches in Spain are very different than sandwiches in the U.S. In the United States, sandwiches are generally comprised of deli meats served on sliced bread. Instead,  a bocadillo will be a 6- to 8-inch long portion of baguette, sliced in half and filled with Spanish chorizo sausage, cold cuts, tuna or Serrano ham.

In general, Spaniards do not pile on mayonnaise, lettuce and pickles on bocadillos, but may include slices of tomato or they may rub a sliced tomato on the bread to moisten it. 

Types of Bocadillo

Remember that each region in Spain has its own cuisine. So, what is popular as bocadillo filling in one region of Spain may not even appear on the menu in another region. 

Omelet bocadillos are a popular option for an easy, portable breakfast. They typically include eggs and cheese, as well as a variety of fillings like potatoes, beans, chorizo, and peppers. Meat bocadillos may be prepared with your common meats, like chicken, pork, or beef, as well as regional favorites like goat or horse. Fish bocadillos are also popular, and can include squid, sardines, cuttlefish and other delicacies. 

Best Bread for a Bocadillo

The Spanish produce many kinds of ​breads, slightly different in each region. However, the classic baguette or "barra" can be found all over Spain.

 Typically, Spanish bocadillos are served on baguettes.