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.

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Pork and Plantain Cuban Breakfast Hash

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  • 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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  1. Kim says:

    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…

  2. Kim says:

    Sorry, forgot to star this before!

  3. Kate says:

    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.

  4. Joy says:

    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!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Made this for my Cuban boyfriend… It was amazing and he loved it! Delicious and simple!

  6. Angie says:

    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.

  7. Laura says:

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

  8. Brooke says:

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

  9. Christina says:

    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.

  10. Steph says:

    This recipe is AMAZING. mmm so good I feel like it’s bad for me.