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4.67 from 3 votes

Arroz ala Cubana

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 8 Servings


  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 small onion peeled and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup frozen sweet peas thawed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil

For the Sides

  • 8 saba bananas ripe but firm
  • 8 eggs
  • 8 cups steamed white rice


  • In a pan over medium heat, heat about 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until limp. Add ground beef and cook, breaking apart with back of spoon, for about 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Drain excess fat.
  • Add tomato sauce, soy sauce, water and sugar. Bring to a boil for about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat, cover and simmer until meat is cooked through and liquid is mostly reduced.
  • Add green peas and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice, fried eggs and fried bananas.

For the Sides

  • Peel bananas and slice lengthwise. In a pan over medium heat, remaining heat oil. Add bananas and cook, turning once or twice, until golden and lightly crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • In the pan, add eggs and cook sunny side up, with the white part set and the yolks runny.