This Cuban sandwich is piled high with ham, roast pork loin, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles, then toasted to warm and crunchy perfection.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
4 sandwiches
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, green onions, ground chipotle peppers, lime juice, garlic basil spread, cumin, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir onions, red pepper flakes, and oregano in the hot oil until onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Add half the jalapeno pepper rings and cook until they begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Reserve remaining jalapeno rings.

  • Spread each ciabatta roll with 1 tablespoon sweet hot mustard and 2 tablespoons chipotle mayonnaise. Evenly divide the Swiss cheese slices, slices of pork loin, ham, dill pickles, and remaining jalapeno rings among the four sandwiches. Top with cooked onion mixture.

  • Place sandwiches onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bread is toasted and warm, 4 to 5 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Here's the recipe for Garlic Basil Spread.

Nutrition Facts

696 calories; protein 24.2g; carbohydrates 30.2g; fat 53.5g; cholesterol 84.6mg; sodium 975.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2013
Excellent recipe for a Cuban sandwich. I subbed my own homemade cuban rolls for the ciabatta and grilled/pressed the sandwiches which is traditional rather than baking. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2019
Would you add jalapenos to a Ruben or Monte Cristo? Looks delicious but don't call it a Cuban sandwich. Cuban food is not spicy hot. Let call this a Montezuma sandwich. Chef John's version is more authentic. Read More
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2013
Excellent recipe for a Cuban sandwich. I subbed my own homemade cuban rolls for the ciabatta and grilled/pressed the sandwiches which is traditional rather than baking. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2012
Tried this recipe for my boyfriend's birthday. He loves spicy food more than me (because I don't like it) but this recipe was painfully spicy. I halved it and followed the directions exactly with all of the right ingredients except I lacked on the sliced pork loin because my local deli stopped selling it. I think next time I will increase the amount of mayo and decrease the ground chipotle peppers and cumin in the chipotle mayo sauce. Other than that the sandwich was delicious and the chipotle mayonnaise was very creative and different which can be good sometimes! :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2013
Not a traditional Cubano but a good sandwich none-the-less. Only changes were that I used Cuban bread rather than ciabatta rolls and I pressed sandwiches rather than baking them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2016
These were delish!! I added chipolte peppers in adobo sauce. It gave the sauce a nice spin. I wasn't sure whether the completed mayo sauce was to go over the mustard or if the mustard was to be alone. I mixed them but I think the mustard should have been on the bottom slice and the sauce on the top to separate the flavors. That's why I gave this 4 stars instead of 5. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2017
Fantastic sandwich. The only changes I made was to the chipotle mayo - instead of the basil/garlic spread I added 1/2 teaspoon each of dried basil and garlic. It turned out fantastic. We'll definitely make this again whenever we have left over pork loin. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2021
Super tasty! It’s well worth the effort and I love the flavor in the onions, everything just comes together perfectly Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2014
Really simple and really tasty. Made it for the kids on movie night and they enjoyed the meal without making a mess - great alternative to pizza. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2017
So so good!! My husband and I loved these! I even made mine on gf bread and they were still super tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2019
Love love love! The only problems we had were that it was too big of a sandwich for one person to eat and the spread was good enough. The additional hot mustard was so not needed. In fact I think the mustard worked against the spread and we love the heat so it was not a heat issue. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2019
Would you add jalapenos to a Ruben or Monte Cristo? Looks delicious but don't call it a Cuban sandwich. Cuban food is not spicy hot. Let call this a Montezuma sandwich. Chef John's version is more authentic. Read More
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