Pork and Plantain Cuban Breakfast Hash

I must really be into Cuban food. Because I pair pork and plantains together on a regular basis. I didn’t even know that was a Cuban thing until a reader asked if I was Cuban since I seem to work with those foods a lot. Well, I’m not. Just plain ole’ ‘merican. Just kidding, I’m German. I came from famers. #factoftheday. Oh stupid hashtags.

Anywho, since I’m ‘merican, I must love diners, right? Well, I love the show ‘Diners, Drive-In, and Dives’ so I must love them. I at least love their food. Especially anything that has hash in the title. So when I was craving hash and had leftover pork and some super brown plantains sitting around, I got creative. Not really that creative, but creative in my mind. Because it’s super simple and stupid delicious. I could honestly eat this for every meal.

I had so many plantain chips over the weekend, it’s just ridiculous.

Warning: do not stick your fingers up your nose or around your eyes after cutting peppers. Pretty sure this is the 3rd time I’ve talked about this on my blog. I guess writing in my blog as a therapy session doesn’t actually help me out.

I went somewhere fantastic over the weekend. To a new coffee shop. But this is not just any coffee shop, it’s a PALEO coffee shop. Completely paleo. It’s freaking awesome. And it’s my neighborhood. They have fruit smoothies with egg protein, chocolate macaroons with no nuts (probably the best thing I’ve ever tasted…not joking), pumpkin brownies made with almond flour and a crap ton more goodies. They even have salads so you can go there for lunch and have that with my favorite…a dirty chai. I swear I’m not a spokesperson for them, just absolutely love what they are doing. You have to check them out if you live or are just visiting Denver. Mmm…coffee is located in the art district of Santa Fe in Denver. Just wait until you show your friends and family how delicious paleo can be.


Pork and Plantain Cuban Breakfast Hash

  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1 plantains, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup leftover easy shredded pork
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg, cooked however you’d like
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil


  1. First you need to caramelize your plantains.
  2. Add them to a large skillet over medium heat with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Cook on both sides for about 2-3 minutes, being sure not to burn them.
  3. Once they are cooked through, add your plantains to a large bowl and small with a fork. Then add your minced garlic clove, onion, jalapeno, lime, seasonings and leftover pork. Mash thoroughly together.
  4. Form a large ball then press down into a thin patty.
  5. Heat skillet back up and place another tablespoon of coconut oil in your skillet.
  6. Add your hash to the pan and press down to make it as flat as possible.
  7. Cook on both sides for 4-5 minutes or until each side is crispy.
  8. Cook up your egg(s) however you’d like. I cooked mine over easy.
  9. Top hash with egg. This would also be great with guacamole and/or salsa.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


53 thoughts on “Pork and Plantain Cuban Breakfast Hash”

  1. This looks amazing!! and… I’m the first one to comment, SCORE!!

    What kind of plantains do you use? There’s the hawaiian ones, the really big ones and the fruit ones….. i never know which ones to pick. Thanks for the help.

  2. I’m sitting in the Denver airport totally wishing I had time to run to the coffee shop! For now, I’ll settle for McDonald’s… And not only am I the second comment, but the second Gaby! BOOM. Mind=blown.

  3. I’m so jealous! I want a paleo shop over here in NJ! Maybe I should just open one myself… This cuban hash looks amazing. I was just telling my hubby that I want to start making more things with plantains…I’m puerto rican and never tried making them myself (that’s what abuelas are for)!

  4. I hate that Parker doesn’t have fun Paleo style places… I totally have to load up the kiddos and hunt this place down!!

    1. I agree w/Kari – I am in Parker and there is nothing near by that is paleo and good! MMMM….Coffee looks AMAZING. We may need to make the trip too.

  5. We share the same #factoftheday! Also there is nothing plain about being a good ole’ ‘merican! Have a glorious day

    1. Finally! A paleo focused cafe/restaurant. Thanks so much for opening this place Jami. My friends and I will stop by often.

  6. I just made pulled pork and sweet potato hash with poached eggs for breakfast on Friday. It was ridiculously good. Will have to try this version too. Love all of your recipes!

  7. looks delish! i have your pork over mashed plantains on my family’s menu this week..im sure this hash will be happening with the leftovers! btw, u take the best food photos!

  8. Friend cooked me a raccoon. Looked like a skinned puppy boiling there in the pot. No one ate much of it. Took the rest home and fried up a mess of Raccoon Hash ‘n Sweet Potato. MUCH better than Boiled ‘Coon in a Pot.

  9. Awesome! Thanks for the head’s up on the coffee shop. I’ll be in Denver for a girl’s weekend next week annnnnnd I just so happened to start drinking coffee recently annnnnnd my friend is interested in learning more about the Paleo lifestyle, so win-freakin-win!

  10. Ofmg WHAT. And I was happy when I saw you post sugar bakeshop had paleo muffins and almond milk. My day just got better.

  11. P.S. If I ever make it to Denver my dream would be to stop in and WOD with the great Juli B and then go for some coffee and treats at MMMM…Coffee. I would jump up and down from excitement! All of my favorite things in this world wrapped up in one amazing day = unforgettable!

  12. Hi Juli –
    you are awesome. What is a dirty chai? I hate coffee straight up, but I love me some sweet lattes and chai tea, which of course I can no longer have.

  13. Omfg! Thank you so much for telling us about mmm…coffee. That place is right by my office and I went there at lunch today. Their food is so good and I had a coconut milk latte that was amazing. This is my new favorite place. They rock!

  14. Probably has been suggested before…. But I chop all my hot peppers wearing rubber gloves. Not the yellow mom kind, but the doctor/nurse kind. Saved me MANY an eye and/or nostril and/or ‘other’ burning.

    And PS I love your food!

  15. Meat and plantain are not only Cuban, it is a pretty known and used combination throughout Latin-American cuisine.

    Here in Costa Rica the usual full meal is called a ‘casado’, which consists of a meat portion, rice, beans, a salad and plantain.

    1. Maybe a teaspoon or two of coconut flour would hold it together a little. I use coconut flour in my meatloaf, turkey burgers and hamburgers. Basically wherever I used to use breadcrumbs pre-paleo.

  16. Just found this blog today! I am four days on Paleo and love Cuban food. I like to make picadillo and fry up leftovers in the morning with sunnyside eggs.

  17. This is one of my favorite new recipes!!! After having it for breakfast I made it twice as a party finger food during the holidays. I make tiny patties and serve them with a dollop of guacamole on top, no egg. Everyone loves it!!! How is it that I live in Orange County, where you can hit a golf ball from one box to another but there don’t seem to be any Paleo coffee houses or restaurants here?? Agh…

  18. Couldn’t find plantains anywhere, so I used bananas – I picked ones that were still firm and yellow-green. Very good! Had them with guacamole on the side, boyfriend said that was a great addition.

  19. I made the dinner and then used the leftovers for breakfast just as you said, and it was AMAZING, in fact, that may be an understatement. I even had enough leftovers that my boyfriend and I ate it for breakfast two days in a row with sliced avacado on top- so good, will be making this again!

  20. Awesome meal! I sautéed the jalapeño with some diced bacon prior to making the patties. This we be a regular recipe in our house! Thanks.

  21. This is a DELICIOUS dish! The boyfriend loved loved loved it and so did I. I will def make this on the reg. Thanks!

  22. WOW. This dish is amazing! Seriously, we can’t get enough, my hubbs and I are addicted to the flavors. YUUUUMMMM!

  23. Cuban food doesn have jalapenos in it. We don´t make spicy food, we make garlic-y, lemon-y food. A for effort but ditch the chiles next time.

  24. This recipe is SO AWESOME! This is now my latest favourite paleo dish. I agree with a previous comment… would be great with sliced avocado or guacamole. Thank you!

  25. Sorry, just one quick question. The recipe says to form into a large ball or 3 patties. Did you mean 3 balls or one large patty? Your picture looks like one large patty. If you did one large ball, would you allow longer cooking time? Thanks

    1. those instructions were completely confusing, so sorry, form into one ball then press it down into a thin patty. i change the wording in the instructions now. the cooking time is correct for the patty

  26. I made a big batch of pulled pork the other day and had a ton left over. I was not excited about the idea of BBQ pork day after day so I was looking for a new way to use the leftovers and found this. What a treat! This made enough for my husband and I to share. My only changes was omitting the jalapeno (not a fan). It will definitely be my go-to breakfast the day after a pulled pork dinner! Thank you!

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