Arroz Ala Cubana

Arroz Ala Cubana

There seem to be a lot of changes happening in my world lately.

For one, Twinkle is a constant adjustment. Her moods, sleep patterns, and routine are ever changing by the day. Second, I am still on that fitness journey which I am trying so hard to stick to — portion control, working out and all. I am highly encouraging Ykaie with healthy eating and so I decided to limit sugars and chocolate this week. Oh, and more fruits, of course!

Third, peanutbutter and I are thinking of something…… something that feels big and life changing and challenging. It’s kind of brewing on our minds for quite sometime now and we are talking about it constantly. There are times that I feel like we can do it, there are times I feel that we can’t. I’m part scared and nervous, part excited and ready. Who knows what will happen in the future, right? It just means that we have to take a leap of faith and see what happens. It means I would have to push myself and do something I’ve never done before.

Arroz Ala Cubana

Change is constant. Change is inevitable. We all have to adapt to change.

Looking back at this Arroz Ala Cubana I made in 2009 reminded me how far I’ve come in terms of cooking and photography. How my taste has changed along the years. How I’ve changed as a mommy and as a wife. But you know what? There’s always one thing that will remain constant — the lve I have for my family — specially the kids, Purple and Periwinkle.  I’ll always want them to feel loved, I’ll always want them to feel that no matter what I’ll have their backs. I want them to feel mommy will always be here for them.

Yeah. This post brought out my mommy feelings. Sorry. I didn’t mean to pour out my emotions.

What I really mean to say is that my Arroz Ala Cubana has improved a lot….. LOL! I wonder why I don’t cook this often?

Arroz Ala Cubana

Arroz Ala Cubana is the Filipino version of Cuban Rice. It is made with a mixture of ground pork and beef, cooked in tomatoe auce, carrots, peas, and raisins then served alongside with steaming hot rice, fried bananas, and a sunny side up egg.


Arroz Ala Cubana

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 250g ground pork
  • 250g ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion,chopped
  • ¼ cup Canola Oil
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut intosmall squares
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 pieces Bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 pieces of cardava (saba) cut lengthwise and fried
  • 4 egg, fried sunny side up
  • steamed rice


  1. Heat oil in a skillet. Sauté onions and garlic until onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add ground pork and ground beef. Stir-fry until pork and beef are golden brown.
  3. Lightly season with soy sauce and pour in tomato sauce.
  4. Add the bell pepper, peas, carrots and raisins and bay leaves when veggies start to soften.
  5. Stir-well and let it simmer for 1 minute to absorb sauce.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  7. Serve it with rice, fried egg and the fried bananas.

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113 Responses

  1. Big changes can be scary. Good luck with whatever you decide to do! This is a wonderful looking dish. Isn’t it amazing how different our early posts (and photos) look? This one is perfect, though. Congrats!

  2. Change is inevitable and most times, change is good. That’s what I have found anyway. Good luck to you and peanutbutter as you mull over your big decision. Wish you the best! I don’t remember the original recipe, but this one looks perfect! Wished I had had this for supper tonight.

    1. Just the right combination of each to create a happy meal

  3. I can’t wait to make this! Also, I can’t stop my mouth from watering after looking at your gorgeous photos! I would be honored if you checked out our conference and affiliate program. We need incredible bloggers like you!

  4. That sounds sooo good. I love meals like this and I am looking forward to trying your recipe.

  5. Looks delicious and something I could try making. Thanks for the share and sending you positive thoughts for what’s ahead for you. 🙂

  6. your dishes are really so beautiful My boys love their mom’s arroz ala cubana. It is their favorite breakfast or even lunch. Your presentation makes the food more enticing to the eyes and mouthwatering. ihihi.

  7. Good luck on all the big changes happening in your life whatever you decide. The Arroz ala Cubana looks delicious. I’m sharing this recipe with my son in law. He will make a batch for us. 🙂

  8. This post made me think as well. That was a pretty dramatic intro though! Lol! But yes, I feel you there, when sometimes we think we can do it, but sometimes we’re like scaredy cats and would rather be on the safe side. But you know what, I think we should just do it, because in the future, we don’t want to regret and say “I wish I did this”. I think it’s rather good to hear “at least we tried”, than the other one. On whatever you’re going to do, goodluck! 🙂 Good luck to us! 🙂

    That Arroz Ala Cubana looks sooooooo good! Thank you for sharing! 😉

  9. This looks so delicious. I had never heard of this before, but I would love to give it a try. It looks so good, and like a delicious meal!

  10. That looks really good. I love all your pictures because it makes me want to make this now.

  11. Good luck on your decision. I usually follow my heart unless it’s irrational. Change can be scary but it’s one way that we are pushed to grow.

    The food looks so good. I want a fried egg now.

  12. I love Arroz ala Cubana. It’s one of my favorite dishes because it’s yummy and so easy to cook too. Your version looks delicious!

  13. Oh, this looks so yummy!!! I can wait to make this. It reminds me of this Cuban dish I used to make. Now I didn’t put a friend egg on it. My husband and kids love eggs.

  14. This dish looks delicious specially because of saging na saba and egg. I miss this. I hope someday I will be able to try cooking this. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  15. This looks like an amazing dish! I really like eggs so seeing that really makes me want to give this recipe a try.

  16. As I’ve changed my eating to more plant-based, I’ve become a big fan of bowls like this. They are delicious and you really can put together such interesting flavors, ingredients and textures.

  17. You’re right, we can’t really avoid change, even within ourselves. The best thing we can do is to adapt and that’s it. That’s such a nice dish, and I like that you prepared it with fried bananas. There’s no better way to enjoy it than that.

  18. Well it looks delicious. Sometimes those things I life that are uncertain but scary and exciting all at the same time are some of the most teaching and memorable moments of our lives.

  19. This is my hubby’s favorite dish! Though I only cook it with pork. I’ll try out this recipe soon to see if he likes this version 🙂

  20. Wow, thanks for sharing this. I have got to include this in my menu plan for next week! Haven’t eaten Arroz ala Cubana for the longest time!

  21. I love this dish mainly because of the egg and saba, two of my favorite food! We use all pork though. I wonder how different the taste will be with the 50-50.

  22. I hope whatever plans you guys have brewing will come to flourishion and all will be well plus this delicious dish looks as good as the 2009 if not better

  23. Big change is hard for me. I am super flexible in daily things, but it takes a lot for me to change the big things and I rarely do it. I hope the best for you…and I am going to give the rice a try 🙂

  24. Change is the only thing constant in our lives, and I hope that whatever you guys have planned out will work well for you and your family. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  25. Looks delicious and healthy food, I really love the combination of the food. can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe

    1. Wow! Thanks momshie sa recipe. May natutunan pa ko today bukod sa recipe. English pala ng sava, Cardava ?.

  26. Oh my goodness! I got hungry just looking at the pictures! I didn’t realize it was that easy to prepare such an awesome, filling dish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  27. This looks AMAZING! I love adding an egg on top of dishes for a creamy effect and I bet that just blends perfectly with the spices in the meat. Not to mention binding the rice for easier dining 😉

  28. Thanks for sharing the recipe sis. This is one of my fave viands which my mom used to prepare when I was young.

  29. Thankyou for. Sharing mommy peach,.. Sobrang sarap po cguro, nyan.. Try q nga dn pag may enough budget ma ako. ?

  30. Very yummy and healthy. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes.

  31. I missed this dish very much..Thanks for always sharing your wonderful meal everyday.I have a lots of foods to try..Cant wait to cook.them

  32. Looks so yummy! Complete na siya at siguradong busog tayo nito! Thanks sa recipe Ma ? Dami ko natututunan.

  33. Yes ma. Complete na sa sustansya na kailangan ng katawan natin. Kompleto rekados na. Sarap sarap.

  34. Wow ! Looks yayamanin but affordable ingredients. It make me drool ??? can’t wait to have mine, (from your recipe po)
    Hope I get also the chance to try this. Thank you po for the recipe ???

  35. One of the best disges na fave lutuin ni Lola..Miss this A Lot

  36. Actually po di pa po ako nakakatikim nitong dish na ito. Mukhang masarap po siya at talagang nakakatakam.

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Hi, Peachy here!

I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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