Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef)

What is Ropa Vieja? Have you ever eaten old clothes? Well of course not! However, this Cuban dish is named just that. Ropa Vieja means old clothes on Spanish. Let me tell you, old clothes have never tasted so good! So legend has is that a poor penniless man couldn’t afford to feed his family. …

Ropa Vieja Soup

Ropa Vieja Soup Recipe The second best part from making Ropa Vieja is the broth that is created for the soup. The broth is so rich and flavorful that it would be a sin not to use it. Every single time I make Ropa Vieja nothing is wasted and with fall and winter right around …

Cuban Breaded Steak (Bistec Empanizado)

How to Make Cuban Breaded Steak When I think of Cuban breaded steak or Bistec Empanizado, my mouth waters instantaneously. What is bistec empanizado or Cuban breaded steak? Well let me tell you. It has a golden crust that envelops tender marinated steak. Think the Cuban version of chicken fried steak. Twenty plus years ago …

Cuban Fried Chicken

Cuban Fried Chicken Anybody out there looking for a new recipe to make fried chicken? Well, look no further, I got you! Cuban fried chicken is here. If you are getting tired of cooking the same old chicken dishes over and over, especially during these crazy pandemic times, I’ll say it again, I got you! …

Cuban Breakfast Sausage

Cuban Breakfast Recipe This isn’t your typical Cuban breakfast. A typical Cuban breakfast consists of espresso with milk (cafe con leche) with toast (pan tostado). Well, we’re going to kick it up a notch with this recipe. You might not think of Cuban food and Italian sausage in the same thought. Well, neither had I …

Pollo asado

Pollo Asado (baked chicken)

How to make pollo asado (baked chicken) Looking for a new, easy, one dish, no mess, kid friendly chicken dish? Then this recipe is for you. It checks all the boxes for a mid week meal when you just don’t want to fuss. It’s very easy to prepare in the morning and then when you’re …

Chicken Fricassee

Fricase de Pollo (Chicken Fricassee)

Fricase de Pollo (Chicken Fricassee) Chicken Fricassee is the first Cuban dish that I mastered. Do you want to know why? I’ll tell you why, it was my kids favorite and it’s very easy and forgiving. What is Cuban chicken fricassee? According to Julia Child a fricassee is half way between a saute and a …

Cuban Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Cuban Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

What is a Cuban Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich? I can hear it now! There is no such thing as a Cuban Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. I know, I know – not until now. One day I had some left over cuban steaks in the refrigerator that I didn’t want to waste and I was in the mood …

Photo of Cuban albondigas served with white rice.

Traditional Cuban Albondigas

What are Albondigas? The Spanish word for meatballs is albondigas. Albondigas are small meatballs made of ground meat and rice. Traditionally, they are served in soup. A broth-based soup loaded with vegetables. Some recipes have potatoes some do not.  Most of the recipes found online are also traditionally Mexican. It is really hard to find …

Fried Albondigas - Cuban Style - served with white rice and plantains

Cuban Fried Albondigas (Cuban Meatballs)

What are Albondigas? The Spanish word for meatballs is albondigas. Albondigas are small meatballs made of ground meat and rice. Traditionally, they are served in soup. A broth-based soup loaded with vegetables. Some recipes have potatoes some do not.  Most of the recipes found online are also traditionally Mexican. It is really hard to find …

Cuban sandwich and french fries on a plate.

Cuban Sandwich

What is a Cuban Sandwich? A  Cuban sandwich or “Cubano” is a sandwich that starts with Cuban bread, mustard and 3 pickles. In between the bread is pork (Lechon), ham, and swiss. THAT’S IT – NOTHING ELSE! As I was preparing to write this blog post to share my favorite part about making Lechon which …

Cuban picadillo pictured with sides.

Cuban Picadillo

What is Cuban Picadillo? Cuban picadillo (pronounced “peekah-dill-ohz”) means minced meat or ground beef. It is cooked with sofrito, tomatoes or tomato sauce and spices. Many Latin countries and even the Phillipines all have their own versions. Even people from different parts of Cuba have their own versions. My Cuban mother in law taught me …

Bistec Encebollado on a dinner plate.

Bistec Encebollado (Cuban Steak with Onions)

What is Bistec Encebollado? Many people ask, “What is bistec encebollado?” Bistec encebollado is marinated Cuban steak and grilled onions.  Many  Cubans do not have access to high quality cuts of meat. Therefore, they make the best out of lower quality cuts of meat. For example, bistec is made from top sirloin cut very thin …

Picture of a frita cubana (Cuban hamburger)

Frita Cubana (Cuban Hamburger)

What is a Frita Cubana? A frita (free-tah) cubana is the Cuban hamburger. The patty consists of ground beef and pork and sometimes chorizo. It is topped with shoestring potatoes stuffed into a soft bun. The frita cubana dates back to the early 1900’s. They were sold out of carts on the streets of Havana …

Abuelo’s lasagne served with garlic bread.

Lasagne – Abuelo’s Way

Let’s start with the obvious question, “What is a lasagne recipe doing on a Cuban recipe website?” Answer, “Everybody loves lasagne!” I have read many recipes on the internet and every one of them say, ‘this recipe is the best’. It’s my mom makes the best, my nonna makes the best, or my dad makes …

Masitase de puerco (fried pork chunks) served with black beans and rice.

Masitas de Puerco (Fried Pork Chunks)

What is Masitas de Puerco? Masitas de puerco is pork cut into chunks, marinated (over nite if possible), then fried to a golden brown.  There are so many Cuban dishes that I remember the first time I ever ate them. Masitas de puerco is no exception. I had recently moved in with my Cuban boyfriend …

Cuban fried rice with a side of plantains

Cuban Fried Rice (Arroz Frito)

What is Cuban Fried Rice (Arroz Frito)? Cuban fried rice or arroz frito is exactly what it sounds like. Fried rice with a Cuban twist. What is the twist you ask? Cuban fried rice is made with leftover masitas and plantains The combination of the savory pork, the salty soy sauce (salsa china) and the sweetness …

Cuban arroz con pollo in a pot.

Arroz Amarillo Con Pollo

What is Arroz Amarillo Con Pollo? Arroz con Pollo is rice with chicken in Spanish. My Cuban mother-in-law always called it arroz amarillo con pollo which translates to yellow rice with chicken. Either way, it is like Cuba’s version of paella.  Arroz amarillo con pollo is a one-pot dish that consists of rice, chicken, and …

Cooked lechon with chicharrones.

Lechon Asado (Cuban Roast Pork)

What Is Lechon Asado (Cuban Roast Pork)? Lechon Asado (Cuban Roast Pork) is traditionally a whole suckling (young) pig that has been marinated in Cuban mojo criollo and roasted outside in a fire pit or in a Caja China. What do you do when you don’t have a whole pig to roast? Roast a pig …

Cuban Tamales

Tamales have been an important food in Latin America for more than 2000 years. One of the earliest references to the tamale can be found in a mural in Guatemala which dates back to around 100 A.D. By this time, tamales had already become a very popular dish in Mesoamerica. Over the centuries, thanks to …