Authentic Cuban Sandwich Recipe

This authentic Cuban sandwich recipe amazing! The pork is slow cooked in the crockpot! I got the recipe from by best friend from Cuba!

This authentic Cuban sandwich recipe is made with slow cooked mojo roasted pork, layers of cheese, pickles and ham, then pressed. It’s one of the best hot sandwiches you will ever eat.

This authentic Cuban sandwich recipe is amazing! The mojo pork is roasted in a slow cooker! I got the recipe from by best friend from Cuba!
photo credit: Alena Haurylik/

We have a few friends from Cuba and my friend Diana made her Cuban sandwiches for me and the hubby when we were going on a road trip. We stopped at a state park and had a little picnic. They were fantastic and once I got back she taught me how to make them.

There are two steps in making this authentic Cuban sandwich recipe. The first is to cook a Boston pork butt, also known as pork shoulder, in your Crock Pot with a bottle of mojo criollo sauce. I have tried a few mojo brands but I like Goya the best it really has more flavor and spices than others. The sauce soaks in and flavors the pork until it’s so tender it just falls apart and it’s AMAZING! The smell in your house will drive you cray-cray as my 9-year-old says. Once it’s done though it’s time to build this sandwich.

This authentic Cuban sandwich recipe amazing! The pork is slow cooked in the crockpot! I got the recipe from by best friend from Cuba!
Alena Haurylik/


This authentic Cuban sandwich is all about layers.

There’s a layer of pork, a layer of ham, a layer of Swiss cheese, and thinly sliced pickles. Get the sandwich sliced dill pickles at the grocery store and make it easier on yourself. Next, you have to press and grill the sandwich to get the cheese all melted and gooey. I use my panini press but you can just as easily take a brick and wrap it in foil to use on a grill pan or in a skillet.
Once it’s cooked, serve with a bowl of mojo to dip the sandwich in.
Please do not skip this step, because it makes a huge difference! I promise you’ll love it, and it’s the reason you have to buy 2 bottles of Mojo sauce!
Now I am going to let you in on my little secret. I am not really a big fan of pickles, so when I make this recipe, I substitute hot pepper rings for the pickles! It’s sooooooo good, and it gives it a little more kick! Give either a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!
If you love this sandwich, be sure to try crockpot french dip sandwich and slow cooker buffalo chicken sandwiches.

Authentic Cuban Sandwich Recipe

The Cuban Sandwich
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 30 mins
This sandwich involves 2 steps but the smell in your house will be amazing!
Course: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Cuban
Author: Kelley @ Miss Information Blog
Ingredient List
  • 2 24 oz. bottles of Goya Mojo Sauce
  • 4-6 lb Boston Pork Butt
  • sandwich sliced dill pickles
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • deli sliced black forest ham
  • Dijon mustard
  • mayonnaise
  • Cuban Bread if your store does not carry Cuban bread Italian bread will work as well.
  1. Step 1
  2. Place Boston Butt in the slow cooker.
  3. Pour 18 oz. of Mojo over roast.
  4. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  5. Remove from Slow Cooker and shred with two forks
  6. Step 2
  7. Slice Cuban Bread Lengthwise
  8. Brush both sides of the bread with Mojo
  9. Spread Mayo on one side and Dijon mustard on the other.
  10. Layer pickles, shredded pork roast, ham, and Swiss cheese onto the bread.
  11. Place the other slice of bread on top.
  12. Put into a panini press or place the sandwich into a frying pan and place a foil wrapped brick on top to press it flat.
  13. Cook until sandwich is pressed and the cheese is melted.
  14. Serve with a bowl of mojo for dipping

10 Responses

  1. plaidette says:
    I was born and raised and live 62 years in Tampa, FL and this is the first time I have ever seen a recipe for a Cuban sandwich that was made the way they are made right here. Girl you got it RIGHT!!!
  2. Rachel Page says:
    I am just totally enamored with this sandwich!
  3. Since relations with Cuba are cooling I thought I'd break out this recipe I pinned some time ago. This was soooooo good, makes me want to grow out my beard, throw on same green fatigues and yell "¡Viva la Revolución!". I made mine with Ciabatta as my local grocery store were out of italian bread and no cuban bread. Still perfect. Thanks for this recipe, and thank Diana
  4. Sarah Ahiers says:
    It's nearly impossible to find mojo up here (MN). I see that you linked to a mojo recipe (yay!) but in your cubano recipe you don't actually have a measurement for how much mojo to use, you just say a bottle. Can you tell me how many oz, or cups of mojo I should use if I'm making it from scratch?
  5. Hello, I have two quick questions. One is there a substitute for the mojo and is there a good cheese to sub as well? Thanks, Charna
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      You can see this homemade recipe for Mojo and I am not sure what other cheese you would sub you would just have to try some you like.

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