Vegetarian Cuban Sandwich

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This is one of my favorite comfort foods but as a vegetarian, I wanted to figure out a way to make a plant-based one. I used real cheese, but you could easily substitute vegan cheese if you want, which makes the recipe vegan.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 loaves of Cuban bread (my vegetarian version is here)
  • 2 packages of oven-roasted Tofurky
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • Dash liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans of young jackfruit
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 packet sazón
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup sour orange juice (or the juice from 2 oranges, half a lemon, and one lime)
  • 8 dill pickle slices
  • 8 slices of Swiss cheese, cut into triangles
  • Yellow mustard
  • Butter


  • Small saucepan
  • Oven, on broiler setting
  • Large skillet, with lid
  • Potato masher
  • Sandwich press, or a griddle and a heavy cast iron pan


  1. Combine maple syrup, salt, brown sugar, and liquid smoke in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Brush maple syrup mixture on the Tofurky slices and place under a broiler for 1-2 minutes
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add onions and garlic. Season with salt and sauté until softened.
  4. Add jackfruit, sazón, oregano, and sour orange juice (or the orange, lemon, and lime juice). Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until jackfruit has softened.
  6. Using a potato masher, mash the jackfruit until it resembles the texture of pulled pork. Cover and simmer for 20 additional minutes.
  7. To assemble the sandwich, cut a loaf of Cuban bread in half and cut off the rounded end. Add pickles, jackfruit "pork," Tofurky "ham," Swiss cheese, and mustard.
  8. Preheat the griddle to medium heat. Add a pat of butter when it's hot. (Or use a sandwich press!)
  9. If using a griddle, toast each side for 2-3 minutes on each side, using a heavy cast iron pan to compress the sandwich.
  10. Cut diagonally and enjoy!