Cuban Pork Cubano Sandwiches from the Chef movie. This is the actual recipe created by rockstar chef Roy Choi for the movie.
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Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: Cuban, South American
Servings: 2
Calories: 407kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats


  • 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.


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.
Cubanos Cuban Pork Sandwich Nutrition


Serving: 1195g | Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.3g | Protein: 20.8g | Fat: 21.4g | Saturated Fat: 11.9g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1747mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 2.5g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 2.7mg