Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pintxo Recipe - Spanish Sabores

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pintxo Recipe

Today David shares one of Spain’s winning combinations: goat cheese and caramelized onion pintxos, yum!

Among all of humanity’s inventions, nothing tops the genius of pintxos. They’re (often) simple, eye-catching, and delicious! 

These small slices of crusty bread topped with delicious savory morsels are an amazing way to eat your way through the evening.

In fact, they’re the number one reason I visit the Basque Country (trust me, it’s not the weather). San Sebastian is one of the world’s foodie capitals, and pintxos are one of the main reasons why. Every bar in the city is known for at least one or two of these small bites, from things as simple as ham and cheese to artistic creations with seafood you’ve never even heard of (txangurru, anyone?).

Pintxo bar in San Sebastian
San Sebastian: a city of pintxos great and small!

But of all the pintxos in the city, my favorite has always been queso de cabra con cebolla caramelizada. Made with good bread topped with creamy goat cheese and sweet caramelized onions; it’s easy and delicious. 

These simple pintxos are also a great bite to prepare for guests! Ever have a moment when you need to make something tasty for a bunch of people with no time at all? This pintxo dish has you covered. And all you have to do is mention that it’s an authentic San Sebastian pintxo to get some approving nods from your guests. 

How to Make this Pintxo Recipe

While this dish is simple, you’ll need to leave yourself enough time to caramelize the onions properly. It’s a pretty low maintenance task, so you can do it even when you have company, just make sure to leave a splash of water in your skillet to keep the onions from burning when you turn your back. 

Since you’re not using many ingredients, there’s not much room to hide here. Make sure to get good bread (nothing frozen or stale), and good chevre goat cheese. With those on your side, it’s almost impossible to fail! 

While my recipe makes 12 pintxos, you can easily double the recipe to make 24 for larger groups. Alternatively, why not try some of my other classic pintxo recipes for a night of Basque cooking!

One of the most important Spanish words to learn before visiting Spain: pintxo.
Pintxo of goat cheese and caramelized onion at a bar in the Basque Country.

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pintxo Recipe

Small pieces of crusty bread topped with goat cheese and caramelized onions, all held together with a toothpick.

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pintxo - A Quick and Easy Basque Classic!

This goat cheese and caramelized onion pintxo is a quick and easy appetizer perfect for when you need to impress guests in a hurry! It's a San Sebastian pintxo bar classic, and is sure to go down well.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 128.31kcal
Author: David Pope


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sherry vinegar balsamic works, too
  • 12 slices of French baguette 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 packet 4 oz of chevre goat cheese
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary optional
  • Toothpicks/skewers optional


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. When heated through, stir in the onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the salt, sugar, and vinegar. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring every 4-5 minutes, or until the onions are a deep, dark brown and taste sweet and soft. If you are going to leave the onions to caramelize while you do other things, leave a splash of water in the pan so they don't burn. Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Spread the baguette slices on a baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  • To prepare the pintxos, top each slice of bread with a heaped teaspoon of onion and a heaped teaspoon or large slice (depending on the type) of goat cheese. Garnish with a few rosemary leaves and serve at room temperature.


Calories: 128.31kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.97g | Protein: 3.78g | Fat: 2.72g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 199.19mg | Potassium: 167.65mg | Fiber: 5.11g | Sugar: 1.53g | Vitamin A: 165.96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 180.12mg | Iron: 4.49mg
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What’s your favorite pintxo recipe? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Goat cheese and caramelized onion is a match made in heaven, and the basis for this simple but amazing tapa. Perfect for vegetarians who want a taste of Spain without the meat, or for anyone looking for a quick and easy appetizer! Check out my recipe and let me know what you think!


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