5 Cheap and Easy Cuban Food Recipes
Cuban recipes are as affordable as they are yummy, and this article gives you several to get started with. While some are definitely a bit heavy on the meat, they are all easy to prepare.
The owners of Padrino’s Cuban Bistro in Orlando are known for their quality menu choices, including the family’s recipe for picadillo (a simple ground beef dish served with rice). Ingredients include onions, tomato sauce, green bell peppers, and garlic, which all fit easily into anyone’s budget.
A friend of mine from Guam who grew up in a Cuban family used to make this dish for me when I lived there. When it comes to Cuban food recipes, ropa vieja is about as traditional as it gets. Using an inexpensive flank steak and your slow cooker can keep you on budget and on schedule when a hectic family day places extra time constraints on your dinner plans.
Food doesn’t get much cheaper than stuffed spuds, folks. And this tasty affordable recipe for papas rellenas takes potato ideas to a whole new level. This recipe happens to use picadillo (recipe provided above) for the potato ball stuffing, so you’ve got everything you need right here.
Basically fried plantains sliced lengthwise, this recipe for mariquitas calls for only plantains, oil, and sea salt. Since plantains are always way less than a dollar a pound at Save-A-Lot, these are a super-affordable snack to make at home for family game night.
Yuca con Mojo
Otherwise known as yuca with garlic sauce, this recipe for yuca con mojo uses dirt-cheap ingredients like yucca, lime juice, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. It makes a filling side dish that pairs nicely with nearly any Cuban main dish.
One budget element I like about some of these particular Cuban food recipes is that they know how to use bargain beef to pull off an affordable family meal with style. Just goes to show you that you don’t always need the more expensive cuts of meat to pull off a nice dinner.
Do you have any favorite affordable Cuban recipes?