Should I ever find myself walking down the street at the same exact moment as Will Smith, I shall casually but firmly pull him aside and ask, “How do you do it?!?”

And then when he starts to blather about the ins and outs of balancing a music/movie/tv career all while being a loving father and a faithful husband blah blah blah.

I shall shush him.  Roll my eyes.  And say, “No, not your career, silly. Your SKIN!”

Because seriously people, I saw Men in Black 3 this weekend and that man has not aged a day in the twenty two years that I’ve known him.  That epidermis of his is as baby-fresh and wrinkle-free as it was back in his Fresh Prince days.


He obviously has skin care regime secrets.

And should the opportunity arise, I most certainly will not let his security detail get in the way of me eliciting them.

What can I say…I’m a girl who knows what she wants.  And I’ll go to any lengths to get it.

I bet him and Jada have exfoliation date nights.  I know what The.Boy. and I will be doing this Friday night. We are wild and crazy like that.


Anyways, now that I’ve given you a good dose of the ramblings of my innermost thoughts…tortillas!  Of the Spanish variety.  Meaning a frittata-like entity stuffed with some kind of starch, most often potatoes, but in this case white beans.

Because I love adding fiber and iron to my life whenever possible.  And regular old potatoes…just don’t do it for me.

This tortilla is seasoned with piri piri, which is a spicy smoky spice mix that I pinky swear you already have all the ingredients for in your spice closet cabinet.  It will make your taste buds dance.

And who knows, maybe it will even keep those wrinkles at bay!  I’ll consult with Will. And get back to you.


Spanish White Bean Tortilla with Piri-Piri Sauce
Serves 4, adapted from Vegetarian Times June 2012


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp + 2-3 tsp piri-piri, divided (recipe to follow)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans (or 1 15 oz can)
  • 2 jarred roasted red bell peppers, quartered lengthwise


  1. To make the piri-piri sauce, stir together the 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, and 2 tbsp piri piri in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and then cook for 1 minute.  Then remove from heat and let cool.
  2. To make the tortilla, preheat the oven to 350.  Coat a 10-inch tart pan with cooking spray.  Whisk together the eggs and parsley in a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute 6-8 minutes or until starting to caramelize.  Add beans and 2-3 tsp piri piri.  Cook 1-2 minutes or until the spices darken and start to stick to the beans.  Remove from heat and stir bean mixture into egg mixture.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the tart pan.  Put in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until set.  Garnish with roasted red peppers and piri piri sauce.

Makes about 1/4 cup


  • 2 tbsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp ground oregano

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Store in an airtight container.


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97 Responses to Spanish White Bean Tortilla with Piri Piri Sauce {}

  1. Lynn says:

    They were filming that movie around my niece’s apartment building on East 49th Street when I was visiting last year. Some of the other neighbors were caught up with complaining about how much space those trailers were taking up on the streets, but we were just hoping for Will sightings.

    That is a yummy looking dish.

  2. So random but I happen to have Will Smith’s autograph… how cool was I circa 1997?

    Can you just start cooking for me?

  3. OohLookBel says:

    How did you get from Will Smith’s skin to tortillas? Fascinating! The tortilla looks delicious – just like the Fresh Prince, haha!

  4. Jeanette says:

    That Piri Piri sauce sounds amazing Joanne and beautiful on top of this protein packed Spanish tortilla. I haven’t tried piri piri before, but I have all the ingredients.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Exfoliation date nights. So hot right now.

  6. Patsyk says:

    I’m thinking that I need to make this when we have family stay over next week!

    I love that The Boy is so willing to have an exfoliation date night! 😉

  7. janet says:

    Oooh, that piri-piri looks awesome! I wonder what else I could use it with. 🙂

  8. Piri piri sounds delicious!! Would love a piece of this dish for lunch today!!!!

  9. i’ve never heard of piri piri, but it sounds awesome.

  10. Suzi says:

    Piri-piri sounds good and I do all those spices, LOL. Let me know when you find out about the exfoliate technique from the Will. He does have a nice look about him.

  11. How clever to use the white beans instead of potatoes. Since I do have all the ingredients…I will be making piri-piri sauce soon.

  12. Sam says:

    I absolutely love the idea of using white beans instead of potatoes. Now the wheels are turning…a cauliflower tortilla espanola?

  13. Amy says:

    Paul and I have been watching the newly revived DALLAS on TNT…and these next generation Ewings? I swear they have no pores! Nobody’s skin is that clear and smooth….unless, they’re not human. Hm.

  14. I’m pretty sure Will Smith uses the fat of a baby seal as lotion every day.

    Love this recipe, by the way. Just the kind of thing for lunch on a summer afternoon (with wine, of course).

  15. Faith says:

    Lol, if you find out his secret let us know! 🙂

    Your Spanish Tortilla looks great — I’m hungry and could go for a slice now!

  16. On my list to make this week!

  17. Amazing. This post made me laugh a lot!

  18. I love the Spanish White Bean Tortilla with Piri-Piri Sauce. I could see eating this for breakfast!!! Delish!!

  19. I love spicy stuff but never try Spanish spicy smoky mix spice before. Tortilla with piri-piri sauce sounds so great!

  20. Exfoliation on a Friday night sounds like my kind of Friday night… As for the piri-piri sauce? I want spoonfulls now.

  21. Lora says:

    Love the piri piri sauce. A perfect complement to an egg dish,

  22. Barbara says:

    Never heard of piri piri sauce, but I like! A lot.

  23. Danielle says:

    I love the idea of replacing the potatoes with beans. This looks great!

  24. Shannon says:

    i most definitely could make some piri piri, so why don’t i? this looks wonderful! don’t have tooo much fun friday night 😉

  25. Mary says:

    I really like this recipe. I love Spanish tortilla and your version sounds delicious. Well worth a try. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  26. daphne says:

    ooo.. i have not had this before but the spice and the tortilla. My kind of meal!

  27. Jenna says:

    Well if you ever find out Will’s secret, please pass it on! In the meantime, I’ll take a generous helping of your tortilla.

  28. Anyone who an manage a segue from Will Smith’s skin to Spanish White bean Tortillas is a winner with me!

  29. ummm….I had the SAME THOUGHTS when I was watching MIB3…he hasn’t changed AT ALL! And how!! The man isn’t human, he can’t be. And as for this tortilla…I definitely wish I had eaten this for lunch, not a boring sandwich.

  30. Cathleen says:

    Well I guess everyone thinks the same, while watching MIB3 it was as though all the movies were made at the same time, it makes no sense! Maybe this distracted me from the actual movie, since I didn’t break out into tears in the end like my metalhead friend beside me..
    This looks delicious! Every time I come here I get hungry. No fail

  31. Chris says:

    I’ve had piri piri sauce on wings and the flavor just blew me away.

    As to Will Smith…easy…he’s an alien.

  32. Okay I was SO confused, I was like I SEE NO TORTILLAS. WHERE ARE THESE INVISIBLE TORTILLAS? Then I saw that it was SPANISH style and frittata-like. Okay, cool, neither one of us is crazy.

    I was thinking the same thing when I saw MIB3 last night! Especially since apparently his character was supposed to be born in 1965 or something… dude looks good!

  33. Rachel says:

    Wow! That looks delicious! I really like the idea of adding beans instead of potatoes into the tortilla! YUM!

  34. Katerina says:

    Well, I don’t know why all these stars have a complexion like a child and I am getting older and wrinkled every day. Perhaps they know something I don’t! Anyway, the Piri Piri tortillas look to die for!

  35. Dining Alone says:

    That sauce sounds great, and so simple!! I love paprika and have never tried making a sauce out of it.

  36. london bakes says:

    Love that these use white beans, what a great idea!

  37. Erica says:

    That tortilla looks perfect,Joanne! I am always happy coming here… are so funny!Great sauce,too!

  38. Geni says:

    I honestly thought you were going to smack him silly if you met up with Will after seeing his monstrosity of a trailer and the crazy lengths NYC had to go through to put up with it during filming, or was that mostly the media making a big deal out of nothing (as usual)? Your tortilla thingy looks FABULOUS and I am so glad you cleared up the whole Piri piri question (I definitely had one) and even perhaps my skin. Thank you.

  39. Eileen says:

    Ok, an exfoliation date night sounds pretty great to me! Maybe with a homemade green tea and sugar exfoliant. 🙂 I never thought to use white beans in tortilla–that is brilliant! Love it!

  40. JoJo says:

    So true though, he does have a wonderful skin!
    I’m sure his secret is a very expensive one.
    I like the sound of the sauce.. piri piri.. what a fun word!

  41. Joanne – this dish looks amazing! I am adding it to my dinner plan for next week. Thanks lady 🙂

  42. Hotly Spiced says:

    I know. What is his secret. But I do think African Americans age more graciously than white people, in fact, all races seem to age more graciously than we do. Great looking dish – love the beautiful and vibrant colours xx

  43. ahh grasshopper
    when you become a multimillionaire you will be able to afford a couple private chefs who will feed you just right; you won’t have the worry of “survival’ anymore which adds stress & aging to your body.
    oh, and you’ll be able to take long ass vacations where you can de-stress like the best of em.

  44. I totally agree, although I’ve never thought of it before! If I see him I’ll ask him the same question and tell you his answer! How was the movie btw? I NEED to see it – it’s a nostalgia thing. Also, looove this dinner! Yum!

  45. Reeni says:

    I am in love with the piri piri sauce! All that spicy smoked paprika sauce over your gorgeous white bean tortilla looks extraordinary! And I’m with you on Will Smith – he’s ageless.

  46. Kari says:

    I’ll take these tortillas, and if you ever track down that Super Skin Care advice – please share, as I’d take some of that too!

  47. I agree, Will Smith is a freak of nature.

    I’ve never heard of a tortilla without potatoes, but this sounds awesome! And it’s so beautiful too.

  48. That Girl says:

    I saw MIB3. And I cried. Motherhood changes you, yo.

  49. Cara says:

    I made this like a month ago and have the photos sitting in draft mode. Don’t know what I’m waiting for, because it was really freaking good! Need to get on that 🙂

  50. I just had Piri Piri chicken while I was in Aruba… I’m so glad I know how to make my own piri piri seasoning now! This whole dish sounds delicious!!

  51. Natalie says:

    Haha I’ve never even noticed that about Will Smith but I totally agree! Please be sure to share his secrets with us when you find out. In the meantime, this spanish tortilla will more than appease us 🙂

  52. Johanna GGG says:

    I always thought piri piri was just a sauce you bought but the idea of making my own is brilliant – now I want a tortilla full of it – sounds very good for your skin 🙂

  53. beti says:

    Piri piri? sounds strange but I like the way this tortilla looks

  54. I LOOOOOOVE the way this dish looks!!! If only I could enter the virtual world and take a bite of this! haha.. And you have a way of making me laugh!! I love the way you described your “encounter” with Will Smith. haha. I agree with you though. I can almost not see a difference between the man now and during his Fresh Prince days!

  55. Guru Uru says:

    This tortilla looks incredoible my friend 😀
    Your posts absolutely rock my socks everytime (I may have mentioned that already :P)


  56. Yum. Love this. Will have to try the sauce!

  57. I also wonder how Leonardo DC stays the same ‘age’! Lovely combination of ingredients here 🙂

  58. Funny you should say that…because I always think the same thing when I look at him. Doesn’t help that he has a baby face. Sigh. This tortilla sounds like the perfect meal for these “ugh” days we’re having. Healthy, filling, and yet still “light”!

  59. The roasted red peppers look fabulous on top, and yes, I need more piri piri sauce in my cooking! I’m betting Will Smith’s youthful look is due to face yoga ( This topic keeps coming up lately, so I had to share.

  60. He doesn’t seem to age ever. I think I hare him:)
    Tortillalooks absolutely fantastic, especially with the sauce!

  61. Camila Faria says:

    Hahaha…exfoliation date nights! You’re hilarious Joanne!

  62. This sounds amazing! Tortillas are one of my favorite dishes to make but I haven’t really experimented much with other additions. The white beans would definitely make it much healthier!

  63. Nina says:

    I am with you on Will Smith:)…he is awesome! Piri piri sounds very interesting. Looks Beautiful,especially the peppers on top:)

  64. Lyndsey says:

    I loved the Spanish tortillas when I was in Spain. They all had potatoes in it. I love peri peri sauce…but I have jars of it from my South African friend. This looks heavenly to me!

  65. looks amazing and i want to know his secret too 🙂

  66. Kalyn says:

    This sounds like a great meal any time of day!

  67. So the Piri Piri is more like a rub? I have no frame of reference for the flavour – but love everything in it, especially the Spanish Paprika! I had a couple of Spanish teachers stay with us one Spring a couple of years ago and got great Spanish Omelet lessons. They were very tasty, but the potatoes are cooked in so much oil, it was really off putting for me to eat it. This looks like a lovely healthy alternative. Bravo for your kitchen craftiness!
    (This is another recipe you should enter into the MLLA – my legume love affair – round up that I am hosting at the beginning of July! I don’t recall you using this many pulses in the past, in your food, but I am working to do the same, and Susan has hosted this event for years. The recipes that pour in every month are very inspirational – and so varied.

  68. Jenn Kendall says:

    love this, definitely trying this for dinner soon!

  69. Sippity Sup says:

    I like learning more about the boy. GREG

  70. Exfoliation date nights? I’m totally doing that too. And I know what you mean about Will Smith. That boy has not aged since Fresh Prince man! Anyway, I think this piri piri sauce might de-age me 10 yrs. What do you think? 🙂

  71. YUM! This definitely looks like something I’d not only eat but ENJOY!

  72. Claudia says:

    Looks good enough that Bob might not even notice the lack of meat. Yes, that good. And, where does piri piri sauce originate, do you know? Maybe Argentina, land of the Chimichurri?

  73. Mary says:

    Joanne, this sounds fabulous and in the grand scheme of things is not to hard to make. That is a winning combination in my book. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  74. You’re right, I do have everything to make the Piri Piri. This sounds like such a flavorful recipe!

  75. Carolyn Jung says:

    I think this looks way better than any fancy face cream to keep the wrinkles at bay. Plus, it’s far less expensive, too! 😉

  76. Pam says:

    Loving this white bean tortilla! YUM. Will does have beautiful skin.

  77. Katie says:

    You make such beautiful food! Yum. I love all these dishes with extra protein from the beans!

  78. i am almost at a loss for words- almost! Stunning, mouth-watering, delicious, beautiful and its telling me EAT ME

  79. Will DOES have a good complexion, now that you mention it. This Spanish tortilla looks fresh and delightful!

  80. colourful presentation looks wonderful

  81. They totally have exfoliation parties! I wish my skin could afford celeb treatment 😉
    Thank you for your awesome comment on my wedding post. It made ME smile 🙂

  82. Deborah says:

    Goodness – I could definitely use some skincare secrets about now. I feel like I’m starting to look my age… I’ve been hearing a lot about piri-piri lately, but haven’t tried it yet. Need to soon, though! (And you are right – I already have all the spices on hand.)

  83. LOL! I love your sense of humor in between your delicious pictures. I get distracted reading while I drool over your delicious pictures! I want that for lunch tomorrow, please!!!! Love your macro shot. I really need to make use of my macro…

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  85. JasmyneTea says:

    Maybe he exfoliates with Piri Piri…
    Love the use of beans in this recipe!

  86. grace says:

    the strips of roasted reds are a lovely touch! this is all kinds of successful, joanne.

  87. Kelsey says:

    You’ve done it again. I’m seriously drooling over this. YUM!

  88. elly says:

    This sounds AMAZING. Seriously, I love every thing about this. I think I star like 98% of your posts. 🙂

  89. After seeing this, it’s clear that you can tweak anything to make it work for you. Love the idea of using beans instead of potatoes. That’s a protein punch!

  90. Katie says:

    Oh man, I love making fritattas and tortillas, and I have never, not even once, thought to swap beans in for potatoes. It’s totally genius! Thanks so much for the recipe, I will definitely be trying this.

  91. Ahhh I love piri piri sauce, and this looks delicious! If you find out the secret to perfect skin, pass it along please.

  92. Gypsy says:

    Wow, this looks amazing, can’t wait to try it! I think I will use my cast iron skillet to streamline the process – cook the onion and beans in it, then just pour in the eggs and stick the whole thing in the oven. That’s how I usually make frittatas.

  93. Natalie says:

    gorgeous pics, as always. i’ve never heard of piri piri, but i want to make this now…mostly so i can say the word again and again and again 🙂

    ps. you inspired my run this morning. i’ve been wimping out bc of the extreme heat but i saw your tweet yesterday so this morning i was like DANG IT lazy girl, get out there! ten miles and done!

  94. Aggie says:

    I’m obsessed with Spanish tortillas. Yours is making me hungry as I type! I have never tried piri piri but apparently need to! Equally obsessed with smoked paprika 🙂

    Great recipe!

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