Our 9 Absolute Best Cuban Recipes To Bring Havana To Your Kitchen

Enter the land of mojo-marinated pork and guava sugar cookies

While the cubano sandwich has made it big stateside, there are a whole slew of other delicious Cuban dishes—torticas, ropa vieja—that deserve your attention (and appetite). The pineapple mojito is a refreshing cocktail to wash down the rest of your Cuban-inspired menu, like the twist on a ham sandwich, medianoches, which is topped with powdered sugar for a sweeter impact. Whether you're looking for a sandwich or a meaty main, our best Cuban recipes will make you feel like your kitchen is Havana.

Medianoche

Medianoche
With roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles, this is almost identical to a Cuban sandwich, save for the bread, a sweet egg load that's similar to challah. Get the recipe for Medianoche »Farideh Sadeghin

Ropa Vieja (Cuban-Style Shredded Beef)

Ropa Vieja (Cuban-Style Shredded Beef)
This version of ropa vieja is made with beef and accented with olives and capers. Get the recipe for Ropa Vieja (Cuban-Style Shredded Beef) »Todd Coleman

Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder Roast (Pernil Asado Con Mojo)

Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder Roast (Pernil Asado Con Mojo)
Pork shoulder is soaked overnight in a citrusy mojo marinade in this Cuban recipe. Get the recipe for Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder Roast (Pernil Asado Con Mojo) »Todd Coleman

Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricasé de Pollo)

Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricasé de Pollo)
Nitza Villapol, the legendary Cuban cook and author, taught generations of islanders and exiles to make this hearty chicken stew. It draws flavor from alcaparrado, a mix of pimento-stuffed olives and capers, and sweetness from raisins. Get the recipe for Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricasé de Pollo) »Andre Baranowski

Cubano (Cuban Ham and Cheese Sandwich)

Cubano (Cuban Ham and Cheese Sandwich)
A Cubano is a griddled white roll with Swiss cheese, boiled ham, dill pickle slices, and roasted pork. Get the recipe for Cubano (Cuban Ham and Cheese Sandwich) »Todd Coleman

Fish with Escabeche Sauce (Pescao en Escabeche)

Maricel E. Presilla's Fish with Escabeche Sauce (Pescao en Escabeche)
This Cuban escabeche is simply seasoned with garlic, sliced yellow onion and bell pepper, and some bay leaf. Get the recipe for Fish with Escabeche Sauce (Pescao en Escabeche) »Penny De los Santos

Elena Ruz

Elena Ruz
Commonly served during merienda (afternoon tea) in Cuba, this sandwich of turkey, jam, and cream cheese on a roll is sweet and savory all in one. Try substituting leftover cranberry sauce for the strawberry jam. Get the recipe for Elena Ruz »Todd Coleman

Cuban Sugar Cookies with Guava (Torticas de Morón)

Torticas de Morón
Torticas de Moron are a traditional shortbread cookie from the city of Moron in central Cuba. This version calls for cream cheese and guava and a little sprinkle of sea salt on top. Get the recipe for Cuban Sugar Cookies with Guava (Torticas de Morón) »Noah Fecks

Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito
This twist on a mojito combines pineapple- and coconut-infused rum with fresh pineapple and mint for a fruity, vacation-inspired drink. Get the recipe for Pineapple Mojito »Helen Rosner