A cuisine influenced by Spanish, African, and Caribbean cooking, Cuban food is a little intimidating for a home cook. The good news is it’s less difficult than you think. As long as you have the right seasonings, you can make your Cuban favorites right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Try your hand at these seven Cuban recipes, and you’ll be one step closer to mastering the cuisine.
1. Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
First up is a classic Cuban dish known as ropa vieja. It’s made with skirt or flank steak in a tomato sauce base, then served over rice. Ropa vieja is comfort food at its finest, and this recipe from Food Network will show you how to make it in your slow cooker. Requiring only 15 minutes of prep time and serving 4, this saucy dish is one you should consider adding to your weekday rotation.
- 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced (with seeds)
- Kosher salt
- 1½ pounds skirt steak or flank steak
- 2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 green), sliced ½-inch thick
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives, plus 1 tablespoon brine from the jar
- Cooked white rice, for serving
Head to Food Network for the full recipe.