Marinated Manchego Tapas

Cubes of Spanish Manchego cheese is marinated in a mixture of hot peppers, olive oil, and herbs in this easy manchego tapas recipe.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 175 kcal
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon


  • 10 oz manchego cheese
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 dried ancho chili, torn into pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 strips orange zest, each about 1/2 inch wide and 2-3 inches long


  1. Cut the manchego into 1/2 inch cubes and put it in a sealable container.

  2. Heat the olive oil until shimmery over medium heat. Add the thyme, rosemary, dried pepper, garlic, and orange zest. Cook for 3 minutes. Then remove from heat and let the oil cool to room temperature.

  3. Pour the oil mixture over the cheese, give it a stir, and let marinate at least 8 hours and up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes