Recipe: Cuban Pork Chops in Red Sauce

What you missed on shotofcafecubano: Recipe for Cuban-style pork chops in red sauce with congris and yucca con mojo. Easy, delicious and Authentically Cuban!!



Carne en salsa roja– meat in a tomato-based sauce, is a favorite among my Cuban family.  This recipe for pork chops is flavorful and easy.  You could prep in the pressure cooker rather than the stove top and cook for 10 minutes, ensuring a tender, juicy chop.

Ingredients :
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 pork chops, do not trim fat
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced small
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced small
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tsp white vinegar


  • Season chops with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in pot or large high sided skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sear chops on both sides, do not cook all the way through!
  • Remove chops once seared and set aside.
  • Add a bit more oil if needed and sautee sofrito 2-3 minutes.

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Scarcity and the Myth of the Cuban Sandwich

What you missed on shotofcafecubano; Article on shortages under the revolutionary government and how this has redefined Cuban Cuisine for those on the island.


My husband was born and raised in Cuba. He grew up in Granma and at the age of 17 he moved to Havana, where he lived until we left the island in 2012. It would surprise many readers to learn, I suspect, that the first time Rafael ate ropa vieja was when I treated him to dinner at a fancy Havana paladar in Fall 2011; the first time he drank a mojito was during my mother’s visit to Havana that January; and most surprisingly, that the first time he ever ate a “Cuban Sandwich” was at a baseball park in Chicago in 2012.

So how is it that a meat-eating Cuban lived 24 years on the island without ever eating a Cuban sandwich, an item that many assume is a staple of Cuban cuisine? The answer is simple, albeit surprising: Cuban sandwiches do not exist in Cuba today. Cuban families…

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Cafe Cubano

Article on Cuban coffee from my blog shotofcafecubano


Taza for a shot of Cuban coffee Taza for a shot of Cuban coffee

More than a simple caffeinated beverage, coffee in Cuba is a tradition, a cultural right, part of the Cuban identity. Every region of Cuba has its own method of coffee preparation and characteristics that define “the perfect cup”. The quality of the beans also ranges, from “trafficked” beans fresh from harvest on the mountains roasted in country homes, to sub-par mixed beans rationed at the state-run bodegas and the highest quality Cubita and Serrano blends available in the specialty stores and tourist spots.  Regardless of the quality or preparation method, coffee is a staple in Cuban daily life, from the vital morning shot before work to the mid-day energizer or the sharing of café cubano with guests…always with a healthy dose of AZUCAR!

Cubita ground coffee sold in a Havana store Cubita ground coffee sold in a Havana store

What makes Cuban Coffee special?

Historically (read: before the Revolution), Cuba…

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New Site: shotofcafecubano

cuba blog


I started the katieincuba website in 2011 as a travel blog for my time in Cuba.  When my husband and I left Cuba in 2012 I had research for a dozen more articles on topics from daily Cuban life, culture and history, which I am saving for future publication.

I am currently publishing articles on food, family and Cuba on the website  These articles focus primarily on Cuban-American culture and the process of incorporating Cuban values into a life in the United States.

Please visit the site!