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Jerk-Seasoned Meat Loaves

I wanted meat loaf but also something unique, so I decided to spice up my usual recipe by using Jamaican jerk seasoning. My family loved it! I completed the meal by serving it with string beans and yams. —Iris Cook, Batavia, Illinois

Cubano Macaroni Salad

2 reviews

One of my favorite sandwiches is a hot Cubano, piled high with juicy pork, layers of ham and melty Swiss...


Air-Fryer Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops

These sweet, spicy air-fryer pork chops can be thrown together in minutes, but they definitely don't taste that way. Served...


Slow-Cooker Beef Barbacoa

3 reviews

I love this beef barbacoa because the meat is fall-apart tender and the sauce is smoky, slightly spicy and so...


Jamaican Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Creme

1 review

I made these for an office party cookie contest—not a crumb was left on the platter! —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks,...

Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops

1 review

These sweet, spicy chops can be thrown together in minutes, but definitely don't taste like it. Serve it with a...


Easy Caribbean Chicken

4 reviews

This is a very simple recipe that uses easy-to-find ingredients. Serve with some steamed vegetables for a complete meal. Use...

Deep-Fried Cookies

1 review

My kids love this delicious, indulgent treat. I like to give the batter a kick by adding a pinch of...


Cuban-Style Pork Chops

4 reviews

These are like Cuban sandwiches without the bread, so they’re a bit more elegant. Let your family customize the chops...


Easy Cuban Picadillo for Two

“My girlfriend gave me this delicious recipe years ago. I’ve made it ever since. Everyone who tries it absolutely loves...


Peppered Cilantro Rice

4 reviews

This colorful confetti rice is a traditional dish in Puerto Rico. We enjoy it in the summer alongside grilled shrimp...

Cuban-Style Stuffed Peppers

Cooking green pepper halves in the microwave not only cuts down the cooking time but it keeps the kitchen cooler.


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Jamaican Salmon with Coconut Cream Sauce

10 reviews

We try to eat salmon a lot because it's so healthy, and I love thinking of new ways to make...


Jamaican Ham and Bean Soup

9 reviews

"Island vacation in a bowl” might be the best way to describe this hearty soup. A splash of lime juice...


Bahamian Peas & Rice

3 reviews

Ham, rice and veggies all in one bowl—so good on its own, but I often serve it up with deli...


Pollo Guisado (Chicken Stew)

1 review

Featuring a pretty golden-red color and comforting flavor, this chicken stew will be a welcome entree at any celebration. It's...

Mama’s Puerto Rican Chicken

4 reviews

My mom has a vast repertoire of recipes, and this extra-crispy, spiced-up chicken is the best one of the bunch....


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Cuban Sliders

44 reviews

These wonderful little rolls are baked until lightly toasted and the cheese melts. The leftover King's Hawaiian ham sliders keep...


Jamaican Pork Tenderloin

2 reviews

This recipe is perfect for barbecues and parties! A spicy citrus marinade adds plenty of flavor to the tenderloin overnight....


Cuban Black Bean Soup

4 reviews

Using a blender, this soup becomes a smooth, nutritious heart-warmer just right for those cool nights. If the soup is...


Jamaican-Style Beef Stew

17 reviews

This delicious stew makes a hearty supper with a lighter touch. The leaner cut of meat, herbs and seasonings and...


Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

4 reviews

Tembleque, or coconut pudding, brings back so many memories of the days my family would vacation in Puerto Rico to...


Caribbean Chicken Stew

1 review

I lived with a West Indian family for awhile and enjoyed watching them cook. I lightened up this recipe by...


Cuban Pork Wraps

1 review

Hot and juicy pork in tortillas may remind you of a Cuban sandwich with ham and cheese. We always include...

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Cuban Roasted Pork Sandwiches

3 reviews

For an incredible hot sandwich, slowly roast pork in a seasoned citrus marinade, then layer slices of meat with pickles,...


Cuban Breakfast Sandwiches

2 reviews

Grab hold of breakfast time by serving these warm, energy-boosting sandwiches. The hearty helping of protein will help keep hunger...


Jamaican Shrimp

4 reviews

Zesty jerk seasoning is a nice complement to sweet mango in this crowd-pleasing appetizer. Although this delicious dish takes time...


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Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

Feed a crowd with this authentic arroz con gandules recipe, which was handed down to me from my mom. It's...


Pressure-Cooker Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwiches

3 reviews

I lived in Florida for a while and loved the pork served there, so I went about making it for...


Plantain Fritters

3 reviews

These golden brown plantain fritters are a favorite in West Africa, where my aunt served as a missionary for 45...