Arroz a la Cubana Recipe

Arroz a la Cubana is a popular dish in Spain. The Spanish version is made-up of white rice, fried egg, and tomato sauce. It does not include any meat at all. Filipino Arroz a la Cubana Recipe is more festive because it has fried bananas and ground meat along with rice and fried eggs. The additional ingredients make the Filipino version distinctive.

Arroz a la Cubana

This Arroz a la Cubana Recipe will produce a nice tasting ground meat dish that goes well with bananas and egg. Arroz a la Cubana can be eaten as a heavy breakfast (and I really mean heavy because you have both bananas and rice) or lunch. You can try to have this for dinner, but you will need to delay your sleep time for a couple of hours or wait until the food is fully digested, at least.

I find it best to use “saging na saba” for this Arroz a la Cubana Recipe instead of relying with plantains. Filipino Saba Banana has this distinctive sweetness. In addition, “saging na saba” is meat for frying as evidenced by its nice texture. Sometime I even sprinkle a little sugar on top of the fried bananas to adjust the taste to my preference.

Try this Arroz a la Cubana Recipe and send me your feedback.

Arroz a la Cubana Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 6
    Prep time: 
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    • 1 lb ground beef (80/20)
    • 1 lb ground pork
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1 cup frozen green peas
    • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1 medium tomato, diced
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
    • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 6 pieces fried banana (saba)
    • 6 pieces fried eggs
    • 6 cups of hot steamed white rice
    • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
    1. In a large cooking pan, sauté the onion, garlic, and tomato
    2. When the tomato becomes soft, put-in the ground beef and pork. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
    3. Pour-in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and raisins. Stir and then cover the pan. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until the liquid evaporates.
    4. Remove the cover and then put-in the green peas. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes in low to medium heat.
    5. Arrange in individual plates with steamed rice, fried bananas, and fried egg.
    6. Serve. Share and enjoy!



    1. Hera says

      This dish is so delicious! i followed your recipe and my Arroz a la Cubana turned out great! i did not put any rice because i dont normally eat rice. The taste of the fried banana and the eggs really goes well with the meat.

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