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Paella fun facts

The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Paella fun facts.

Paella Fun Facts

Paella Fun Facts: Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera , a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.

  • There are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella, seafood paella and mixed paella, but there are many others as well. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck), land snails, beans and seasoning. Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans. Most paella chefs use calasparra or bomba rices for this dish. Other key ingredients include saffron and olive oil.
  • March 27th is National Paella Day.
  • The Spanish rice dish ‘Paella’ takes its name from the pan it is cooked in, which in turn comes from the Latin word for ‘pan’ or ‘dish.’
  • Valencian restaurateur Juan Galbis claims to have made the world’s largest paella with help from a team of workers on 2 October 2001. This paella fed about 110,000 people according to Galbis’ former website.

Check out this tasty Paella recipe from Slurp in Albuquerque NM.

Paella Fun Facts We Missed

Please feel free to let us know if we may have missed some paella fun facts in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Paella

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The recipe we are sharing today comes from Slurp, a mobile food truck in Sante Fe, New Mexico that specializes in from-scratch soups and paella as well as bread that is made in the confines of their Airstream trailer.

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Slurp Spanish Paella


  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • ½ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 8 ounces Spanish chorizo, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon (heaping) smoked paprika
  • 3 chicken breasts, cubed
  • Several strands of Spanish saffron
  • 1 (14-ounce) can water-packed artichoke hearts
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin stripes lengthwise
  • Flat leafy parsley for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cook rice with garlic per package instructions.

In a large skillet or paella pan, sauté the onion and chorizo with the paprika. When the onion is softened, add the chicken and saffron, and cook until the chicken is fully cooked.

Add the cooked rice to the skillet gradually, tossing it to coat the pan with juices. Add the artichoke hearts and tomatoes, and mix to coat rice.

Evenly spread paella across pan; add peas and bell pepper stripes. Reduce heat to low, swirl olive oil across paella, and cover with foil to steam peas and peppers.

Salt and pepper to taste; serve, garnished with flat leafy parsley.

Yeild: 10-12 servings



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