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...

Cuban Picadillo Puff Pastry (pastelitos de carne)

The other day I was watching an old episode of Will and Grace. Will was telling Grace how he was preparing a meal of appetizers for his father. This got me thinking,  if I did that I would definitely have these savory picadillo (ground beef) puff pastries (pastelitos de carne) on my menu. How to...

Cuban Guava Pastries (Pastelitos de Guayaba)

What is a guava? No other fruit says Cuba like guava (guayaba). I had never even heard of guava until I met my Cuban family and ate my first Cuban guava pastry or pastelitos de guayaba. Instant love at first bite! If you don’t know what a guava is either then let me explain. Guavas...

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...

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....

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 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!...

Ham Croquettes (Croquetas de Jamon)

Recipe for Croquetas de Jamon Looking for a new finger food that your kids will love? Want to bring something unique and delicious to your next football party? Then look no further than your next ham. I’m talking about ham croquettes. In Spanish they are called croquetas de jamon. They can be made two ways,...

Papa Rellena

What Is Papa Rellena? Papa Rellena literally means filled potato. So what are we filling potatoes with? We are filling mashed potatoes with picadillo (ground beef). Sounds delish right? Just wait for the second part. First, we take the picadillo and stuff it inside a mashed potato ball.  Then, we roll these balls around in some...

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...

Maduros (Fried Sweet Plantains)

What Are Maduros? Maduros are fried sweet plantain bananas that are mature and overripe. Maduros is such a popular side dish in Cuba that it can probably be found on every dinner table. If you are not familiar with plantain bananas they can be a bit deceiving. Most people might think when they see a...

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 black beans (frijoles negros) and rice

Cuban Black Beans and Rice Traditional Cuban black beans and rice  is a staple in Cuban cuisine. Just look at any Cuban restaurant menu and you will find them.  They can be served with steak (palomilla), breaded steak, Cuban fried chicken, pork chops or lechon asado (Cuban roasted pork). As you can tell they taste...

Instant Pot Cuban White Beans

Cuban Instant Pot White Beans and Rice Most people are only aware of black beans and rice but today I am going to show you how to make Cuban Instant pot white beans and rice.  I will  be using an Instant Pot for all of the Instant Pot lovers out there.  One of my favorite...

Congri (Moros y Cristianos)

How to make Congri (Moros y Cristianos) What is Congri? Let’s first start with how to say Congri. It’s pronounced con-gree. Now that we know how to say it, what is it? Congri is the combination of black beans and rice  made together in the same pot. When the rice is cooked it is cooked...

Instant Pot Cuban Red Beans

Instant Pot Cuban Red Beans As you know by now beans are a staple in Cuban cooking. I have introduced you to black beans, congri and white beans. Now we’re going to make Cuban red beans. Yes, we are going to use the Instant Pot again because we LOVE it. Also, of course it saves so...

Instant Pot Cuban Garbanzo Beans

How to Make Instant Pot Cuban Garbanzo Beans Most people associate Cuban food and black beans together because that is what is served on every restaurant menu. Let me introduce you to the other types of Cuban beans. I have already showed you red beans, white beans and black beans. Now let’s learn how to...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...