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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 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 (Frijoles Colorodos)

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 (frijoles colorodos). Yes, we are going to use the Instant Pot again because we LOVE it. Also, of course …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …