Frita Cubano


·     1-pound ground beef

·     3/4-pound ground pork

·     4 cloves garlic, mashed and finely minced 

·     1/3 cup onion, grated 

·     2 tablespoons ketchup

·     3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

·     1 1/2 teaspoons sweet Spanish paprika

·     Salt & pepper cooked patties to taste

·     6-8 American-style hamburger or steak bun

·      6-8 cups freshly fried shoestring potatoes

·      raw onion, sliced(optional)

 Frita Sauce 

·     1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

·     1 1/2 cups water

·     1 teaspoon ground cumin

·     1 1/2 teaspoons sweet Spanish paprika

·     1 teaspoon garlic powder

·     1/4 cup sugar

·     1/4 cup white vinegar

·     1 teaspoon salt


1.    Use a food processor with a chopping blade to grind together the meats, the minced garlic, and the onion. Blend in the ketchup, cumin, and paprika.

2.    Remove the meat mixture from the food processor and form by hand into round thin patties. Cook on a flat griddle or in a frying pan. 

3.    Fritas should be cooked to medium well done, but don't overcook -- they should still be nice and juicy. When the frita is just about cooked through, reduce heat to medium low, squirt on some secret sauce, and let the patties cook just a minute longer.

4.    While the fritas are frying, use a deep fat fryer or frying pan with a couple inches of vegetable oil to fry the shoestring potatoes. Drain on paper towels and lightly salt. Keep warm.

5.    Serve each frita on a traditional American hamburger bun.

6.    Smather plenty of Frita Sauce on the bun and the patty. 

7.    Place the patty on the bun, cover with some sliced onion (if you like), and pile high with fresh, hot, shoe-string style fried potatoes 

8.    Splash a little extra secret sauce on the fries.

9.    Serve with additional fries on the plate.


Frita Sauce

1.    Mix all of the ingredients together in a two-quart saucepan.

2.    Bring to a boil stirring constantly.

3.    Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.

4.     Remove from heat and let cool.