Masitas de Puerco

Masitas de Puerco

One of the best things about cooking Cuban cuisine is the wide use of Pork. It is a very cheap animal to raise and perfect for the Island nation. One of the most popular ways to cook Pork is with this simple recipe for Masitas de Puerco.

Masitas de Puerco is a delicious dish that can be served as a main dish with rice, beans, and plantains. (You will find that to be the case with most Cuban dishes) or served as finger food for any fiesta. It is extremely easy to make and packed full of flavor.

Click here for the Cuban Mojo recipe.

Masitas de Puerco - Hungry Doug

Masitas de Puerco

Delicious Marinated Pork Chunks. They can be served as a main dish or even as an appetizer with toothpicks.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups Mojo Criollo
  • 3 lbs Pork Loin
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 White Onion Peeled and sliced into quarter moons


  • Start making the Mojo. A link to the recipe is found above.
  • Cube the pork into bite sized pieces.
  • Combine the Cumin and Mojo into a bowl and whisk thouroughly. Add the cubed pork chunks and add the Bay Leaves. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in the fridge overnight.
  • When you are ready to cook the meal, take it out of the fridge and fry up on medium high heat. Remove the Bay leaves of course. Use the excess Mojo to cook with the Pork. When the pork is nice and brown and crispy, add the onions and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Serve with Rice, Beans, and plantains or just place on a serving dish and ENJOY!
5 Basic Cuban Foods EVERYONE needs to try

5 Basic Cuban Foods EVERYONE needs to try

When you think of Cuba, what do you think?  Mojitos? Cigars?  Old Cars?  What if I told you that Cuba had one of the best food cuisines in the world? You don’t have to leave the United States even to get some of the best Cuban Food in the world.  The capital of Cuban cuisine isn’t in Havana, it is in Miami.  Next time you are down that way, go experience all the love that is Cuban cuisine.

Don’t believe me?  Give any of these 5 dishes a taste, and you will be coming back for more.


Every Cuban knows what Picadillo is, knows how it is served, and can cook it with their eyes closed.  It is the basic staple food for all Cubans and many other dishes depend on it as well.  The mashup of ground beef, tomato sauce, and spices is served over rice is a classic dish you need to try.  Different variations include raisins or potatoes in the recipe.  Now before you go try and mess with perfection, try my recipe down below before adding anything extra.

To find out how to make it, click here.

Cuban Sandwich

How can you have a Cuban food list without including a classic Cuban Sandwich.  Here in the United States, we have different variations of this, but there is one common thread.  It has Roasted Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Yellow Mustard, and Pickles.  Wrap all that up in a fresh French Bread and toast it and you mi amigo, have a perfect Cuban Sandwich.  

To find out how to make it, click here.

Arroz con Pollo

Not that into red meat?  Ready for a classic that never gets old?  Come have some Arroz con Pollo.  Literally, it means Chicken and Rice.  A flavorful dish centered on a nice Spanish Rice with many different vegitables keeps you coming back.  Nothing fancy, just good old comfort food.

To find out how to make it, click here.

Ropa Vieja with Plantains, White Rice, and Black Beans

Ropa Vieja

Few dishes that I prepare get more fuss than the classic Ropa Vieja.  Literally meaning Old Clothes, Ropa Vieja is a slow simmered beef dish with onions and peppers usually served with white rice and a side of Black Beans.  Using a cut of Beef that is typically very tough and stringy, when you cook the meat on slow, add a whole bunch of spices, tomato sauce, onions, and peppers, you get a beautiful symphony of flavors.  

 To find out how to make it, click here.

Sides: Black Beans, Croquetas, Pasteles de Carne, Plantains

The last dish on our journey isnt a dish at all, they are the sides.  While each one of these dishes is amazing in and of itself, you have to get the full effect of Cuban cuisine by adding any one or all of the following:

Black Beans: Just how Abuelita used to make.  Simmering on the stove since the morning.  Heavy on the spices and a perfect accompaniment to any Cuban Dish.

Croquetas: A rich Ham Croquette served on the side.  Eat just one, or take the whole plato.  

Pasteles de Carne:  A perfect way to use up that Picadillo that has been sitting in the fridge.  Delicious puff paistry with a honey glaze makes this a perfect appetizer.

Plantains:  No latin dish is complete without fried plantains.  You know you saw your grandmothers Plantain smasher and thought you could make them yourself.  Now you can, and you will never turn back.

To find out how to make Croquetas, click here.

To find out how to make Pasteles de Carne, click here.

To find out how to make Plantains, click here.