Authentic Cuban Food

by Hoohla
Cuban food

What is Cuban food? Authentic Cuban food is actually a blend of other cuisines such as African, Spanish and Native American, as well as the Caribbean. Cuba was colonized by Spain and the Spaniards brought their cuisine with them so this is the biggest influence on Cuban food.

The Cubans eat a lot of rice so expect to get it with every meal if you visit the country. They also mix rice with black beans and this is a staple in all of the Caribbean. Plantains are also popular in Cuba as is seafood.

Here we have a few of our favorite Cuban recipes.

What is Cuban Food – Cuban Sandwich

The Cuban sandwich is very popular street food. It originated among the working classes in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They bought the sandwich from street vendors and you can still do it to this day.


Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

It is a variation of a ham and cheese sandwich but is so much more delicious.

  • Author: Hoohla
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Cuban


1 tablespoon butter

2 slices bread

2 slices ham

1/4 cup leftover pork

2 slices dill pickles

2 slices Swiss cheese

1 tablespoon yellow mustard


Put the griddle on low heat.

Take the slices of bread and butter one side of each.

On the non-buttered side of one of the slices place the ham, pork, pickles, cheese, and mustard.

Place the other non-buttered slice of bread on top.

Put the Cuban sandwich on the grill and cook for around 5 minutes. Turn over and cook for another 5 minutes and then enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich (10 oz)
  • Calories: 600
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 1810 mg
  • Fat: 27 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 37 g
  • Cholesterol: 100 mg

Keywords: What is Cuban food, Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Bread

Traditional Cuban bread is delicious. It is very similar to a French baguette and has a crisp crust. It is great in a Cuban sandwich or as an accompaniment to a meal. It does have a short shelf life so make sure to eat it within 2 days.

Ingredients: 2 packs dry yeast, 5 cups bread flour, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 cups hot water

Mix together the yeast, flour, salt, and sugar. Warm the water up to a temperature of 125 degrees F and add to the flour mixture. Combine thoroughly.

Add the final cup of flour and make sure that you mix it in well. The next step is to knead the dough on a floured surface for up to 10 minutes.

Put the dough in a bowl and leave to double in size. This should take around half an hour.

Form the dough into 2 loaves and put on a greased baking sheet. Put a pan of hot water on the lowest rack of the oven and then place the loaves on the middle shelf. Bake the loaves for three-quarters of an hour at 400 degrees F.

When the loaves are a golden color remove from the oven and enjoy.

We hope that you have enjoyed our selection of Cuban food recipes and will try them out. Perhaps it will make you want to research some Cuban main courses which you will be able to enjoy with the Cuban bread.

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Potato Omelet Tortilla de Patatas

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Cuban Beef Empanada Recipe

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How to Make Pork Cracklings Chicharrones de Puerco

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Cuban Flan Recipe

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Fried Chicken Chunks Chicharrones de Pollo

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