Arroz a la Cubana


Still on a high after last night’s school awards night where my daughter received two Academic Awards.  Can’t be prouder and more thankful.  Next to prepare for is her Piano Concert this Saturday — guess I will be a nervous wreck again.

This recipe I am posting today is actually a Spanish Dish (obviously from its name) and is popular in the Philippines.  I read somewhere that the original version does not have meat though.

This version is very simple and easy, and my daughter loved it.  Some people mix pork and beef mince, some use just either beef or pork.  My version uses beef.


1/2 kilo minced beef

3 satchets tomato paste (I use Leggo’s Tomato Paste with no added salt), or 6 tablespoons in total

1 potato, diced or cubed depending on your preference

1 carrot, diced or cubed depending on your preference

optional to add:  raisins, peas and corn kernels

1 tomato, sliced

1 onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper

fried eggs

fried plantain banana (saba)

What you need to do:

Heat some oil in a pan.  Add your carrots and potatoes and cook until they look brownish on the sides.  Take them out of the pan and drain.  Set aside.

In same pan (take out some of the oil if there’s too much), sauté garlic, onions and tomatoes.  Add ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes, separating clumps of beef with your cooking spoon.  Add your tomato paste and stir to blend.  Add raisins, peas and corn kernels if you are using these and mix as well until vegetables are cooked.  Add your cooked potatoes and carrots.  Season with salt and pepper and stir all together.

Serve with rice topped with egg, and fried bananas on the side.



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