15 Delicioso Recipes for Cuban Food
Learn how to make classic recipes for Cuban food (and some Cuban-inspired favorites, too)!
A small slice of this impressively rich, creamy, caramel flan dessert goes a long way. What a delightful finish for a special meal or holiday celebration. —Pat Forete, Miami, Florida
Cuban coffee, known as cafe cubano or cafecito, is a staple in Cuban cuisine. Jamie from A Sassy Spoon enjoys her recipe after almost every meal. (and typically served after every meal). How is it different than other coffee drinks? Well, Cuban coffee combines strong espresso with a thick sugar foam—which gives it a sweet taste.
A Sassy Spoon compares imperial rice, or arroz imperial, to lasagna. Imperial rice has layers chicken, rice, mayo and cheese making it the ultimate Cuban comfort food dish. It’s the perfect dish to serve for gatherings or parties—just bake and serve!
Check out these other comfort food recipes from around the world!
Vaca frita, meaning “fried cow,” is prepared just the way you would think: Cook it up until it’s crispy! Traditional Cuban fried beef is shredded and seasoned with onions, lime juice and a variety of seasonings. This Cuban fried beef recipe from For the Love of Sazon, with the help of your trusty pressure cooker, can be whipped together in less than an hour.
What makes Cuban black beans stand out is the sofrito, a sauce made of green peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. It’s widely used throughout many Caribbean countries to enhance the flavor of many dishes—from black beans to rice dishes like this arroz con grandules recipe. This Cuban black bean recipe from Latina Mom Meals uses sofrito and just a handful of other simple ingredients.
Flaky, fruity guava cheese pastries (pastelitos de guayaba) are a traditional Cuban baked good that’s typically served at breakfast time or as an after-dinner treat. A Cozy Kitchen‘s recipe calls for storebought puff pastry which makes it even easier to make this classic Cuban sweet at home.
Try out these other puff pastry desserts next!
A Sassy Spoon shared her mom’s take on Cuban arroz con pollo (or Cuban chicken and rice) with us and you need this traditional one-pot meal in your life. Similar to imperial rice, Cuban chicken and rice is made with chicken, rice, tomatoes, peppers and an array of spices.
If you’ve never had yuca before, it’s similar to a potato in flavor, but a little lighter in texture. In Cuba, yuca is a common side dish served with other Cuban specialties. This oven-roasted yuca recipe from A Cuban American Kitchen uses garlic, onion, lime and spices to get its simple, yet savory flavor.