Cuban Sandwich inspired Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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Cook In:

25 mins

Prep In:

20 mins




About Cuban Sandwich inspired Stuffed Peppers

 By: Sous Chef Myka

Peppers are fun to load up with all of your favorite toppings. These Cuban-inspired stuffed peppers are the perfect meal for any time of day. Whether you’re looking for something new to try or just want an easy dinner option, these peppers will hit the spot. So dig in and enjoy!

Cuban Sandwich inspired Stuffed Peppers


  • 2 Lbs Pork Belly

  • 1 Orange

  • 2 Limes

  • ¼ Cup Yellow Mustard

  • ¼ Tsp Ground Cumin

  • ¼ Tsp Dried Oregano

  • ¼ Tsp Smoked Paprika

  • 2 Garlic Cloves

  • 1 Tbsp Sugar

  • 1 Medium White Onion

  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth

  • 1 Tbsp Butter

  • 1 Cup Arborio Rice

  • White Wine

  • ¾ Cup Swiss Cheese

  • 1 Cup Dill Pickles

  • 1 Can Black Beans

  • Salt

  • 6 Bell Peppers

  • Lemon Zest

  • Orange Zest

How to make Cuban sandwich inspired stuffed Peppers

Do you love Cuban sandwiches? If so, you’re going to love this recipe for stuffed peppers inspired by the flavors of the popular sandwich. Stuffing peppers with a mix of meats, cheeses, and vegetables is a great way to get a delicious and satisfying meal without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. So go ahead and give this recipe a try – we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Take 2 pounds of pork belly with the skin on and dice into half inch pieces.

Step 2

Heat a large sided skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the pork belly and cook, stirring and shaking pan often until the fat begins to render.

Step 3

While the pork belly is cooking, in a medium mixing bowl, add the juice of 1 orange and 2 limes.

Step 4

To the same mixing bowl, add ¼ cup of yellow mustard, ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin, ¼ teaspoon of dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika.

Step 5

Finely mince 2 cloves of garlic and add to the mixing bowl. Mix well to combine. Set aside.

Step 6

When the pork belly has been fried to a golden brown color, approximately 20 minutes, pour off the fat and add 1 tablespoon of sugar. Stir to incorporate into the pork belly.

Step 7

Add the mustard sauce and toss until evenly coated. Reduce the heat to low and continue to stir occasionally.

Step 8

Heat oven to 450℉.

Step 9

Finely dice 1 medium white onion and set aside.

Step 10

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add 2 cups of chicken broth.

Step 11

Set an instant pot to the saute function and add 1 tablespoon of butter to melt. Then add half of the diced onion and cook until soft.

Step 12

Once the onions are translucent, add 1 cup of arborio rice and stir until toasted. About 2 minutes.

Step 13

Deglaze the pot with white wine and cook until most of the wine is absorbed.

Step 14

Add the warm chicken broth and place the lid on the instant pot. Set to Manual High and set the time for 8 minutes.

Step 15

While the rice is cooking, finely grate ¾ cup of swiss cheese and set aside.

Step 16

Drain and rinse 1 can of black beans and set aside.

Step 17

When the rice has finished cooking, release the steam and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the swiss cheese and stir well to combine. Season to taste with salt.

Step 18

Slice 1 cup of dill pickles into thin disks. Set aside.

Step 19

To the rice, add the pork belly, the remaining diced onion, the pickles and the black beans. Stir to combine.

Step 20

Slice 6 bell peppers in half, lengthwise, and remove any ribs or seeds from the inside.

Step 21

Place the peppers on a baking pan and generously stuff with the mixture. Top with smoked paprika and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Step 21

Garnish each pepper with lemon zest and orange zest and serve immediately.


Cuban Sandwich inspired Stuffed Peppers

  • Saturated Fat 100% 100%
  • Mono fat 100% 100%
  • Poly Fat 100% 100%
  • Protein 100% 100%
  • Calcium 100% 100%
  • Iron 100% 100%
  • Cholesterol 100% 100%
Cuban Sandwich inspired Stuffed Peppers