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Cuban-Inspired Sloppy Joes

Maine Homestead Cuban Twist

Cuban-Inspired Sloppy Joes

Maine, a state known for its lush forests, rugged coastlines, and serene landscapes, has always held a special place in the heart of those who’ve had the pleasure of experiencing its magic. As iconic as its natural beauty are its culinary treasures – from the much-acclaimed lobsters to its heartwarming blueberry pies. However, as times evolve, Maine’s culinary scene also takes delight in embracing flavors from afar, blending them with its own rich heritage. The Cuban-Inspired Sloppy Joes is a testament to this very evolution.

At first glance, the idea of merging the Cuban culinary palette with Maine’s homestead comfort might seem unusual. But here’s the twist. Maine has always been about adventure, discovery, and the unexpected. And what could be more adventurous than taking a classic like the Sloppy Joe, so deeply ingrained in American culture, and giving it a vibrant Cuban twist?

Cuban cuisine, with its bold flavors and rich textures, has a lot in common with Maine’s approach to food: It’s honest, hearty, and made to be shared among loved ones. The spices, like allspice and coriander, are a nod to Cuba’s rich history and its melting pot of cultures. These spices, when combined with the succulence of ground pork, create a melody of flavors that dance on the palate.

But what truly makes this dish reminiscent of a Maine homestead? It’s the touches that speak of comfort and familiarity. The choice of ground pork, a meat often celebrated in Maine’s rustic recipes, the addition of Worcestershire sauce for depth, and the use of brioche buns, which add a certain lavishness to an otherwise humble dish.

And then, of course, there’s the Swiss cheese, melting into the warm, spicy pork, offering a creamy respite from the heat. The pickles, reminiscent of the age-old practice of preserving summer’s bounty for the colder months in Maine, add crunch and tang, contrasting beautifully with the other elements. The optional mustard, for those who dare, brings another layer of sharpness, rounding off the flavors.

This recipe is a journey. Every bite transports you from the cozy kitchens of Maine to the bustling streets of Havana. It’s a celebration of two worlds colliding, producing something that is, quite simply, delicious.

Maine’s culinary scene is not just about keeping traditions alive; it’s about reinventing them, playing with them, and producing something that, while rooted in history, is refreshingly new. The Cuban-Inspired Sloppy Joes stand as a symbol of Maine’s spirit – always welcoming, always adventurous.

Cuban-Inspired Sloppy Joes

Print Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced pickles
  • mustard optional


  • Heat up the skillet and pour in the canola oil. Once hot, add the ground pork and cook until it begins to brown.
  • Toss in the minced garlic, brown sugar, allspice, coriander, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Stir everything well, letting the spices meld with the meat.
  • Drizzle in the Worcestershire sauce, adding a refreshing splash of lime juice and zest to the mix.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and tomato sauce, allowing everything to simmer together until the flavors fully combine and the mixture becomes saucy.
  • Toast your brioche buns and start building your sandwich. Spoon a generous amount of the pork mixture onto the bottom bun. Top with slices of Swiss cheese, a handful of pickles, and a smear of mustard if desired. Cap it off with the top bun.
  • Enjoy your Maine-inspired twist on a Cuban classic!

As you savor this dish, let it remind you of the beauty of blending cultures. Let it be a testament to the fact that even the most unlikely combinations can lead to something wonderful. After all, in food, as in life, it’s the unexpected journeys that often leave the most lasting impressions. Let this Maine homestead’s Cuban twist not just satiate your hunger but also ignite your curiosity for more such delightful culinary adventures.

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