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Traditional Cuban Food


Since starting this website in 2001, I'm always asked by site visitors what dishes are typical to Cuban cuisine. On the main recipe pages of this website (appetizers, soups, etc) I try to point out the most traditional dishes.


But just to give you a quick idea, one of the most traditional of all Cuban meals is Moros y Cristianos, which is black beans and rice.  Other common main dishes include arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), ropa vieja (shredded beef). The Cuban sandwich is extremely popular, but keep in mind that it was really an invention by Cuban workers in Florida as far back as the 1880's.


Traditional Cuban appetizers include tostones, which are twice-fried plantain slices, sometimes served with mojo sauce for dipping. Common desserts include flan, tres leches cake, and pastelitos.  Visit the main recipes page of this website to learn how to prepare a variety of traditional meals.


Pictured below is Arroz con Pollo, a traditional Cuban meal of seasoned rice with chicken.

Cuban arroz con pollo


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