Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (2024)



This is the Cuban Pork Cubanos sandwich from theChef movie, including homemade Mojo Marinated Pork. Did you know that the food for the movie was createdby none other than LA Korean-fusion food truck original and rockstar chef Roy Choi? AND these are great for FREEZING!

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This is the “leftovers” recipe from the Juicy Cuban Mojo Pork Roast I posted last week from the movie “Chef”. I raved about the movie in that post so I won’t repeat myself!

Thereal star of the movie are the Cubanos which are cuban pork sandwiches. I’ve had my share of great sandwiches, particularly during my foodie road trips across the US. But Cubanos….they have always held a special place in my heart, ever since that first bite I unsuspectingly took in a random Cuban diner in Miami. It wasn’t even in the Latin neighbourhood, it was on South Beach!

I didn’t really even know that cubanos were a “thing”. I just ordered a cuban sandwich, knew it was better than any sandwich I’d ever had in Australia (even fully loaded ones from up market bistros!) and that it even rivalledShake Shack (which is saying something….because I amobsessedwith American burgers!).

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To be honest though, after I returned to Australia, I forgot about the Cubanos, lost amongst the memories of all the other amazing food we had on our travels throughout the US.

Until I watchedthe Chef movie.Boy, it brought back a flood of memories!

I didn’t actually think to makeCubanos myself until I saw this Cuban Sandwich recipe by the lovely and talented Kathleen from Hapa Nom Nom (one of my favourite blogs, endless source of inspiration!). And recently, I happened to receive a delivery of pork from Murray Valley Pork,apremium range of Australian pork. It was just “meant to be”!

I posted the Mojo Marinated Pork recipe separately, because it is SO GOOD it deserves to be served by itself as a centrepiece roast (and you only need a bit of leftovers for this recipe). Please, please, please….if you make these Cubanos, please use the Mojo Marinated Pork. Especially if you are in Australia because I can tell you thateven pork slices from the most expensive deli you know will not come close to the garlicky, herby, citrusy flavours infused throughout homemade Mojo Marinated Pork.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need lunch. And to pretend I’m back in Miami. 🙂– Nagi

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Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie

Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Prep: 10 minutes mins

Cook: 15 minutes mins

Total: 25 minutes mins

Lunch, Sandwich

Cuban, South American

5 from 28 votes


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This is the cubanos sandwich recipe from the 2014 movie Chef. The food in the recipe was created by real life rock star chef Roy Choi. This is the actual recipe from the movie! It was published on This is supposed to be made with a panini / sandwich press but I do not have one so I've provided instructions for how to make this in a skillet. AND these are great for freezing! Refer Note 1 for instructions.


  • 2 thin slices baked leg ham
  • 4 large , thin slices Mojo Marinated Pork
  • 2 pieces of white baguettes , 6 inch/15 cm in length, cut in half
  • Melted butter , for brushing
  • American mustard
  • 2 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 or 3 dill pickles , thinly sliced


  • Heat skillet over medium heat. Add ham and pork slices, and cook each side until slightly browned then remove to a plate.

  • Butter cut sides of baguettes then place in the skillet, cut side down, for 2 minutes until lightly browned. Remove onto work surface.

  • Layer the bottom of the baguettes with pork, ham, then cheese and pickles. Cut, break or fold the ham, pork and cheese so they fit. Spread the cut side of the bun tops with mustard then place on the sandwich.

  • Butter the bottom AND top of the outside of the baguettes.

  • Heat skillet over medium high heat. Place the baguettes in the skillet, top with a sheet of baking paper then weigh it down with a heavy skillet or pot (use cans if necessary for extra weight so the sandwich compressed). Cook for 3 minutes on each side, until dark golden brown and crispy, and the cheese is melted.

  • Let sandwiches stand 1 minute before cutting in half. Serve IMMEDIATELY.

Recipe Notes:

1. If you don't have homemade Mojo Marinated Pork but need this in your life, you can use pork slices from the deli.

2. Because I made so many of these, I discovered quite by accident that they freeze really well! It's because the sandwich is compressed. Let them cool, then wrap them in baking paper (parchment paper), then foil and freeze them. Reheat them from frozen or defrosted in the oven - you don't even need to unwrap them!

3. Nutrition per serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1195gCalories: 407cal (20%)Carbohydrates: 33.3g (11%)Protein: 20.8g (42%)Fat: 21.4g (33%)Saturated Fat: 11.9g (74%)Cholesterol: 71mg (24%)Sodium: 1747mg (76%)Potassium: 229mg (7%)Fiber: 2.7g (11%)Sugar: 2.5g (3%)Vitamin A: 600IU (12%)Vitamin C: 3.3mg (4%)Calcium: 260mg (26%)Iron: 2.7mg (15%)

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  1. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (7)Marc Mathers says

    Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (8)
    This is the Miami construction. In Tampa, they add Genoa salami. They argue about who invented it. Just get you some. Otherwise, they are the same sandwich. I like some cayenne pepper in the mayo/mustard mix. Serve quartered dill pickle on the side.
    No panini press? Wrap a brick in aluminum (or aluminium in Aussie) foil to weight the sandwich.


  2. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (9)EyesWideOpen says

    Miami doesn’t make Cuban Sandwiches, they make some lazy bastardized version of it. For an authentic Cuban Sandwich, you have to go to where it was invented. Not Cuba, Tampa. Cuban immigrants settling in Tampa first started making the sandwich in the late 1800s. Miami never even heard of the Cuban Sandwich until decades later after WWII.


    • Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (10)Staci says

      Welll…Tampa and Key West. Miami Cuban food is blander. Don’t even get me started on Bollos.


  3. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (11)Pepo says

    Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (12)
    Well, more than the Star site, yours seems to be closer than the Choi original recipe.
    I did some corrections in mine, as to get a more balanced taste, as prepare a more subtle mustard, with yellow, Mayo, lemon, hot paprika, black mustard grains and yogurt.
    Also, after the golden pork slices were added to sandwich, I sprinkled hot some of the aspic that came out of the cooking tray over them.
    I also used fewer, chopped smaller pickles instead.
    Tried several cheeses in it until I’ve stuck with morbier.

    In the end, it came out fantastic, all flavors combined to produce a new thing.



  4. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (14)Eve says

    Hi just wondering what alternative bread i can use im in Australia and dont have cuban bread here n not sure what it taste like to substitute it ?


    • Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (15)Marc Mathers says

      If you want to make the real deal, see Chef John’s recipe on Food Wishes or Crunchy crust and soft center. You can substitute baguette (French or Italian)


  5. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (16)Hayley says

    Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (17)
    Amazing. I think my husband loves me more than before. Both this and the mojo pork roast we ate the other day were divine.


  6. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (20)Mitch says

    Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (21)
    Wow! I’m in Spain and found this a couple of hours before lunch so had to put marinade in a bag for an hour. Do this recipe, follow the advice and you might just have a spiritual experience.
    … I’m off to buy a food truck!


  7. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (22)Elaine says

    We do add some thinly sliced roast beef per the Cuban friend’s mother’s recipe. I highly recommend it! We use Boar’s Head for the deli meats here in NC


    • Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (25)Nagi says

      Hi Tori, I talk about this in the recipe blog – I use this pork – but as per the notes, If you don’t have homemade Mojo Marinated Pork but need this in your life, you can use pork slices from the deli. -N x


  8. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (26)Monnie says

    Hi Nagi! I just finished watching the movie right now and began my hunt for a good recipe. I’ve never had one of these sandwiches, but I make pulled pork often for tacos. Can’t wait to try this, but I was also wondering if you could recommend any other “foodie” movies? Thanks!!


      • Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (28)Shannon says

        Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (29)
        Also the movie “Spanglish.” Decent movie with Adam Sandler in a slightly different role (dramady/much more serious). Stick around for the sandwich recipe at the end – delicious!


  9. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (30)Paul says

    Hi Nagi, where is the video for the Cuban pork sandwich. I like to follow to follow the video when I am cooking one of your recipes.

    Thank you


  10. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (38)Janis says

    We use the Ball Book pickled peppers and onions in our Cubans… which gives them a little kick!

    Pork looks fabulous and I like the look of the method… the one I used involved wrapping in foil to get sandwich pressed and heated through… Freezing sounds like a great idea…


  11. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (41)Wanda Eiler says

    Hi Maggie I love the new side however there is a glitch in the recipe for Cubanos the type glitched I absolutely love those are hazards home section these days is such a beautiful dog Merry Christmas


  12. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (42)Laura Bollard says

    Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (43)
    I use leftover pork tenderloin which has been roasted with a balsamic vinegar glaze. It is heavenly! Husband is on a heart healthy diet so we skip the ham but use a huge pile of thinly sliced tenderloin to cut out the sodium. I use sweet-hot mustard, dill pickle slices and the rest of the ingredients – the sandwiches are wonderful and healthy. We love them!


  13. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (45)Trudi Anderson says

    Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (46)
    Great recipe!
    I had some of the best Cuban sandwiches ever when working, twenty something years ago, in Miami.
    Now back in Australia I love to make a twice yearly massive batch of Cuban Pork and freeze portions for sandwiches!
    I often cut out the “middle man” and use spreadable, sweet mustard sandwich pickles instead of the gherkins (dill pickles), and the mustard.
    Works great, and adds a bit more moisture to what can sometimes be a dryish sandwich.


  14. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (48)Krusatyr says

    Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (49)
    I want to try this sandwich with left over pulled pork (from a slow smoked shoulder), tender ham smoked and homemade sourdough baguettes. Thank you for inspiration.


  15. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (51)Wayne says

    Hi Nagi,

    Thank you for putting this online. My wife and I loved Chef, We both wished we had one of these sandwiches available while watching it.

    Yesterday I took delivery of a Cuisinart Deluxe Griddler which I purchased for the sole purpose of making this recipe. I have the marinade mixed with the pork in the refrigerator. Tomorrow’s the day… Thanks in-advance for a wonderful recipe!

    Kind regards from the east coast of Canada…


  16. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (56)Miki says

    Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (57)
    What temperature and how long should I reheat the frozen sandwiches in the oven? I just made a few extra ones and stored in the freezer to enjoy later!


    • Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (58)Nagi says

      Hi Miki! I would wrap in foil then reheat at 180C/350F for around 10 minutes if defrosted, 15 minutes if frozen 🙂 N x


  17. Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (59)Jim B. says

    Between this and the CHICKEN SHAWARMA last week you made me look very competent in the kitchen. Other reviewers seemed concerned about not finding Cuban Bread, but any fresh bread will do. As a matter of fact I made a loaf of french bread and timed it right for once so the bread was still warm with a crunchy crust. Great intense flavor even when made with pork tenderloin.


    • Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (60)Marc Mathers says

      Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie (61)
      Chef John on Food Wishes and has videos for making his version and a video/recipe for making authentic Cuban bread.


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