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This Cuban Quesadilla recipe is for hearty quesadillas that are filled with all of the flavors of a Cuban sandwich – pork, ham, pickles, mustard and cheese.

Cuban Quesadilla Recipe

Photos and Recipe Updated July 2014

I have never been to Cuba, and I really don’t know a whole lot about Cuban food, except for the flavors of the very popular Cuban sandwich – pork, pickles and ham. Yes, it seems like I just may have a thing for pickles lately!! But every time I see this sandwich – or something that has been inspired by this sandwich, I want it. And this quesadilla recipe surely fits the bill!

Cuban Quesadilla Recipe

I’m a quesadilla fan anyway, but this quesadilla recipe is so packed with flavor and texture. And the recipe is written to make them on the grill, but I used my grill pan and it worked just fine. But if it is hot in your part of the woods right now, this is the perfect recipe to take outside to cook so that you can keep your house nice and cool.

Grilled Cuban Quesadilla Recipe

A couple of notes about this recipe. I would cut the onions thinner than 1/2-inch next time. They were pretty big. It wasn’t a big deal since I love grilled onions, but they did have a hard time staying in the quesadillas! (Note – the recipe has been updated to slice them 1/4-inch!) Although these have a lot of flavors going on in them, I really think this would be a family friendly meal. Abbi just loved this quesadilla recipe and ate more than her fair share. Besides, what kid doesn’t like quesadillas?

Quesadillas with a Cuban twist - Cuban Quesadilla Recipe

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Cuban Quesadillas
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These hearty quesadillas are filled with all of the flavors of a Cuban sandwich - pork, ham, pickles, mustard and cheese.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepepr
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for oiling the grill
  • ½ lb. boneless pork chops
  • 1 large onion, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 4 tablespoons spicy brown mustard, plus more for serving
  • 4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced cooked ham
  • 2-3 chopped dill pickles
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, salt and pepper. Pour in the vegetable oil and mix. Rub all over the pork.
  2. Heat the grill to medium high and oil the grates. Put the pork on the hottest part of the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature registers 155F. Let the pork rest for 5 minutes then slice thinly against the grain.
  3. While the pork cooks, cook the onions on a cooler part of the grill. Close the grill and cook, turning the onions once, until they start to get brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from the grill and reduce the heat to low.
  4. Lay each tortilla out and spread 1 tablespoon of the mustard on each tortilla. Top with one-fourth of each of the ham, pickles, onions, pork and cheese. Gently fold the tortilla over (these are full!).
  5. Lightly oil the grates of the grill again. Place the quesadillas on the grill, cover and cook, turning once, until they are slightly browned and the cheese is melted.
  6. Cut into wedges and serve immediately with extra mustard.

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26 Responses to Cuban Quesadilla Recipe

  1. kat says:

    My husband adores Cuban sandwiches so I bet he would love these too.

  2. Simply Life says:

    oh yum! My husband would LOVE this!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Mmmhhh, so yummy!



  4. Kim says:

    I love Martha's Everyday Food recipes. You can always count on them to deliver great tasting food with simplicity, just like these. They look terrific.
    Little Abbi sounds like a great eater!

  5. Joanne says:

    Quesadillas are just fantastic things as are cuban sandwiches. Combining the two? Priceless.

  6. Pam says:

    They look great! I love Cuban food so this is perfect with the dill pickles, ham and pork!

  7. vanillasugar says:

    i adore cuban sammies and have thought of making them just like this. thanks for the reminder that i must make them. i've always wanted to to a side sauce but can't think of one…

  8. Susi says:

    We absolutely love Cuban sandwiches and order them at a little Deli here every chance we get. Putting the flavors in a quesadilla is a fantastic idea, I'm bookmarking this one !

  9. Diana's Cocina says:

    My son loves quesadillas and this may appear on our table soon. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Valerie says:

    I've never been to Cuba either, but I used to live in Miami where they have great Cuban restaurants. This looks so good! I'll be giving these a try.

  11. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I love, love, love quesadillas! This looks awesome, I am so making this, thanks!

  12. Sylvie says:

    I bet those are great! What an interesting filling for quesadillas.

  13. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Mmmm, now that's what I call a midnight snack. I love quesadillas – They're so simple to make and delicious even after microwaved. This is a great recipe!

  14. Abby says:

    I love Cubans, and this is a quick way to get a fix! (And … PICKLES?! Just kidding. Couldn't help myself!)

  15. Monet says:

    I don't think you can ever go wrong with tortillas and cheese…my friends rave about cuban sandwiches so I'm sure that they would love a plate full of these!

  16. Jean Bugs says:

    Deb, these look seriously good! As in, "awesome, I want some right now even though it's 11:22pm and I should be in bed." Yeah, they look seriously good 🙂

  17. ☺lani☺ says:

    Hmmm, I love quesadillas too, in fact I've been eating them for couple of days now. This one is another one to try! thanks

  18. Ingrid says:

    Oh, this has tons of possibilities.

  19. Neo-Homesteading says:

    these sound so amazing, its such a great idea!

  20. scrambledhenfruit says:

    I love all of the bold flavors together in this quesadilla. Sandwiches of any type are typical summer fare here- will have to try these! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  21. steph says:

    Great idea – I love quesadillas!

  22. oranjeflamingo says:

    The Cuban sandwich has always been one of my favorites, so I had to try this. I made it last night and it was fantastic!

  23. Kevin says:

    Great take on a cuban sandwich!

  24. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I'm eating this now and it's awesome!! Thanks!

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