35+ Cuban Recipes to Try at Home!

Enjoy the vibrant and flavorful world of Cuban cuisine with this carefully curated collection of 35+ authentic Cuban recipes! From popular appetizers and flavor packed side dishes to hearty main courses and tropical desserts, this roundup has everything you need to bring the taste of Cuba to your kitchen. Whether you’re craving classic dishes like Ropa Vieja and Arroz con Pollo or looking for sweet treats like Flan Cubano and refreshing drinks like Cuba Libre, this post has got you covered.

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Cuban Appetizers:

  • Start your meal off right with classic Cuban appetizers such as savory Croquettes and crispy Tostones, perfect for any gathering.

Cuban Side Dishes:

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Cuban Desserts:

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Cuban Recipes

Turkey Picadillo is a lightened up version of the traditional Latin American dish made with ground beef. Serve it over rice or use it as a taco filling and enjoy!
Turkey Picadillo
Cut sheet pan cubano sandwich.
This Sheet Pan Cuban Sandwich is the ultimate cubano sandwich recipe. Ham, cuban pork & gruyere cheese are layered with pickles and mustard.
Sheet Pan Cuban Sandwiches
Instant Pot Cuban Mojo Pork cooks up so tender and delicious with the help of your electric pressure cooker. The tangy citrus marinade is loaded with delicious spices and makes for the most flavorful meat that’s perfect for piling into tortillas.
Instant Pot Mojo Pork cooks up so tender & delicious! This cuban pork roast is made with a tangy citrus marinade and delicious spices.
Instant Pot Mojo Pork (Cuban Pork Roast Recipe)
Tostones are twice-fried green plantain slices, a popular side dish in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, easy to make at home and always delicious.
Recipe: Chili Pepper Madness
Enjoy Cuban croquetas de jamon whenever you need a Cuban street food fix! This easy Cuban food recipe is freezer friendly, a great way to use leftovers, and a hit at parties!
Recipe: Goodie Godmother
Croquetas de Jamon (Ham Croquettes)
These baked yuca fries are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The cilantro dipping sauce is ridiculously addictive!
Recipe: The New Baguette
Baked Yuca Fries
Serve up the classic Cuban Sandwich on a stick! Ham, Salami, Swiss cheese and a tiny pickle make these Cuban Sandwich Skewers!
Recipe: Best Appetizers
Cuban Sandwich Skewers
Full of savory flavor, these Cuban Black Beans are made with dry or canned black beans with instructions for both stove top and Instant Pot.
Recipe: Feasting at Home
Cuban Black Beans
A healthy, hearty, veggie filled cuban black bean soup recipe that’s absolutely delicious! Vegan & gluten free recipe.
Recipe: The Simple Veganista
Cuban Black Bean Soup
Transport yourself to Havana with each spoonful of this one-pot Classic Cuban Soup. Using ham hocks and salt pork (optional), white beans are infused with smoky flavors that complement their creamy texture.
Recipe: Yummfully
Authentic Cuban Soup
Slowly cooked to tender perfection in a delicious sauce, this incredible Crockpot Cuban Style Pork Tenderloin is bursting with flavor!
Recipe: Jo Cooks
Crockpot Cuban Style Pork Tenderloin
This Cuban shrimp creole recipe (enchilado de camarones) is packed with flavor and made in under 20 minutes. Enjoy this with white rice.
Recipe: Cooked by Julie
Cuban Shrimp Creole
Looking for a classic arroz con pollo Cubano recipe? You fount it. This bone-in chicken and rice is fluffy and packed with flavor.
Recipe: Cooked by Julie
Arroz con Pollo Cubano
This enchilado de langosta is a classic Cuban lobster creole recipe. Made with lots of garlic, onions, peppers, and lobster tails.
Recipe: Cooked by Julie
Enchilado de Langosta (Cuban Lobster Creole)
Learn how to make the best authentic ropa vieja with this classic Cuban recipe! This slow-cooked shredded beef dish is the ultimate Cuban comfort food.
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
Authentic Cuban Ropa Vieja
Fufu de Platano, a Cuban classic made with boiled, mashed plantains. Perfectly sweet and savory side dish with a touch of nostalgia in every bite!
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
Cuban Boiled Mashed Plantains
This Lechon asado recipe, aka Cuban Pork Roast, features slow roasted pork in a citrus garlic marinade. The meat is juicy and tender.
Recipe: The Big Man's World
Lechon Asado
Juicy flank steak is simmered until tender and then cooked with garlic, lime, and onion in this simple recipe for Vaca Frita (Crispy Shredded Beef). It’s a super-easy recipe that everyone will devour!
Recipe: The Novice Chef Blog
Vaca Frita (Crispy Cuban Shredded Beef)
Wonderfully smokey and buttery, Camarones al ajillo are the Cuban version of garlic butter shrimp with a slightly spicy twist.
Recipe: Diethood
Camarones al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)
This traditional Cuban yuca con mojo is your new favorite side dish! Along with the fragrant sauce, it has big flavor and taste.
Recipe: Yummy Addiction
Cuban Yuca con Mojo
This rabo encendido is a delicious Cuban oxtail recipe made with beef oxtails, potatoes, and carrots. So much flavor and super easy to make.
Recipe: Cooked by Julie
Cuban Oxtail Stew
Fricase de pollo a traditional Cuban chicken stew that is braised in wine with potatoes and carrots. It the kind of dish that warms your heart.
Recipe: The Noshery
Chicken Fricassee (Fricase de Pollo)
This pernil style roast pork recipe is one of our all-time favorite pork recipes. Serve with beans, rice, and a simple salad to complete the meal!
Recipe: The Woks of Life
Pernil Roast Pork
This sopa de pollo is my Cuban grandmothers recipe and everyone loves it. Made with bone-in chicken, noodles, sofrito, and spices.
Recipe: Cooked by Julie
Sopa de Pollo
These chicharos Cubanos aka potaje de chicharos are a Cuban style split pea soup. Super creamy, flavorful, and made from scratch!
Recipe: Cooked by Julie
Chicharos Cubanos
Seasoned with sazon then smothered in sautéed garlic and onions, this chicken is packed with flavor and great for any meal!
Recipe: Fat Girl Hedonist
Pollo a la Plancha
Indulge in Citrus-Marinated Cuban Steak Tacos, a zesty, succulent blend that transports your taste buds to the Caribbean.
Recipe: The Curious Plate
Citrus-Marinated Cuban Steak Tacos
Simple One Skillet Cheesy Cuban Chicken Rice Bake…the perfect pantry staple recipe: easy, cheesy, takes under an hour to make, and all-around delicious!
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
One Skillet Cheesy Cuban Chicken Rice Bake
If you’re looking for a Cuban flan recipe that is authentic, you’ve found the real deal! This flan recipe has been in my family for many years!
Recipe: Coco and Ash
Cuban Flan
Serve these sweet and silky casquitos de guayaba — guava shells simmered in vanilla sugar — alongside fresh cheese for a classic Cuban dessert.
Recipe: Saveur
Casquitos de Guayaba
Natilla Cubana is a delicious and comforting cuban style pudding dessert. A rich custard infused with cinnamon, lime and vanilla flavor making it like a cozy hug from abuela.
Recipe: Fat Girl Hedonist
Natilla Cubana
These Pastelitos De Guayaba (Cuban Guava Pastry) are filled with sweet, gooey guava paste and sweetened cream cheese and baked until golden brown!
Recipe: Went There Ate This
Cuban Guava Pastry
These buttery, crumbly guava bars are the perfect sweet treat. Easy to make with just a few ingredients.
Recipe: Sweet Life Bake
Guava Bars
Elevate your dessert game with this Brazo Gitano (Guava Swiss Roll), a fluffy sponge cake, filled with guava, rolled up, and dusted with powdered sugar.
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
Guava Swiss Roll
Cuban coffee (or café cubano) is a sweet espresso drink made with strong, dark roast espresso sweetened with a thick sugar foam.
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
How To Make Cuban Coffee (Café Cubano)
This sweet, creamy Cuban cortadito coffee recipe is the perfect blend of pre-sweetened espresso and hot milk for the ultimate morning pick-me-up drink.
Recipe: Billy Parisi
Cortadito Coffee Recipe
Savor the refreshing taste of the Caribbean with our easy-to-follow Cuba Libre cocktail recipe, a tasty blend of rum, lime, and Coca-Cola.
Recipe: Food Faith Fitness
Cuba Libre Drink

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Picadillo in shallow white bowl with folded tortilla and rice.

35+ Cuban Recipes

Enjoy the vibrant and flavorful world of Cuban cuisine with this carefully curated collection of 35+ authentic Cuban recipes! From popular appetizers and flavor packed side dishes to hearty main courses and tropical desserts, this roundup has everything you need to bring the taste of Cuba to your kitchen. Whether you're craving classic dishes like Ropa Vieja and Arroz con Pollo or looking for sweet treats like Flan Cubano and refreshing drinks like Cuba Libre, this post has got you covered.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings



  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the turkey with salt and pepper and cook until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Drain the turkey and set aside in a bowl.
  • Return the same skillet to the burner, add the remaining olive oil and reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions, bell pepper, garlic and bay leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and translucent. Return the cooked turkey to the skillet, and add the wine, tomato sauce, olives and brine, raisins, black beans, capers, cumin, and cayenne. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm with rice, or as a taco stuffing.
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Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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