Cuban Recipes

Craving picadillo, a Cuban sandwich, ropa vieja, or a medianoche sandwich and a mojito? Allrecipes has more than 90 top-rated Cuban recipes with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Instant Pot® Cuban-Style Black Beans

Rating: 4.34 stars
Black beans are a staple in Cuban cooking, typically served with either yellow or white rice. Give them a good squeeze of fresh lime juice, garnish with some chopped cilantro (we also add some chopped onion and a drizzle of olive oil), and you're in for a treat. These beans freeze well and reheat beautifully in the microwave.

Abuela's Picadillo

Rating: 4.66 stars
This is my grandmother's Cuban picadillo (ground beef hash/chili) recipe which is usually served with white rice, beans and plantains. Picadillo also goes great with mashed potatoes and can be made without the squash. This dish is a favorite at home so I usually make 2 pounds to have leftovers for making empanadas (meat pies) the next day. Picadillo also freezes well. Of course my kids say this is the best picadillo they've ever had and I have to agree!

Shredded Slow Cooker Cuban Beef

Rating: 5 stars
I threw this recipe together using a slow cooker and flavors my Cuban stepfather always cooked with. It's easy and full flavored. Pairs great with rice or plantains.

Spicy Cuban Mojo Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Rating: 4.62 stars
Thanks to Mrs. Sequilla, a good friend's mom down in Little Havana, South Florida! She shared this recipe that was her grandmother's favorite. Everytime I make it someone asks for the recipe.

Avocado-Lime Shrimp Salad (Ensalada de Camarones con Aguacate y Limon)

Rating: 4.55 stars
This easy shrimp salad contains no lettuce. It's perfect for barbeques or as a 'change of pace' dinner side dish. Customize this recipe with your favorite salad dressing in place of the lime juice. The lime gives it a tiny tangy kick.

Cuban-Style Roast Pork

Rating: 4.79 stars
Fragrant, savory, and succulent pork roast the whole family will love. Serve with cumin scented black beans, and mashed sweet potatoes.

Pescado con Queso (Cuban Fish with Cheese Sauce)

Rating: 4.88 stars
Cuban fish with cheese sauce. Great comfort food.
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Arroz con Leche

Rating: 4.43 stars
This Arroz con Leche is the Cuban version of rice pudding. It's richer and sweeter than regular rice pudding. Being Cuban myself, I prefer this version of this delicious dessert to any other. Before serving, sprinkle with cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick, for flair.

Classic Cuban Midnight (Medianoche) Sandwich

Rating: 4.69 stars
This is one of the more famous sandwiches straight out of the island of Cuba. This recipe came from my uncle who used to work at a restaurant in Pinar del Rio, Cuba and now works at a Cuban cafeteria here in Miami. This sandwich is best served with fried plantain chips and a cold mamey milkshake!

Carne Con Papas

Rating: 4.49 stars
An old fashioned Cuban dish, with tender succulent meat and potatoes bursting with flavors. It is definitely a pleaser for any meat and potatoes fan.

Sea Bass Cuban Style

Rating: 4.61 stars
Easy to prepare - sure to please. Great dish for guests when you have little time (or desire) to slave all day in the kitchen.

Cuban Picadillo

Rating: 4.47 stars
I received this wonderful recipe of beef, olives, and sweet peppers from my son's Cuban grandmother. We serve it over black beans and rice with fried plantain on the side, it's amazing!

Inspiration and Ideas

Cuban-Style Black Beans

Rating: Unrated
"Easy, yummy and inexpensive. Will make it again and again." – laprimus

Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef)

Rating: Unrated
"Loved this - and so did my kids! " – SSchriber

Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef)

Rating: 5 stars

This Cuban braised beef dish literally translates to 'old clothes,' because apparently some people thought the fall-apart meat and colorful strips of onions and peppers, tangled together, looked like old, tattered clothing. You'll love this dish if you're into big, bold flavors, since there's nothing subtle about the seasoning here. Delicious served with beans, rice, and plantain chips. Garnish with more cilantro.