Move over boring chaffle sandwiches, the Cubano Chaffle is in town! Made on my famous sourdough chaffle, this might not be an authentic Cubano Sandwich but it sure is close and it sure is tasty.
The next time you’re staring into the open fridge wondering what to eat, remember this flavor-packed dish, which is one of my favorite keto lunch recipes.
The best part about this chaffle sandwich is that it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients or equipment, and you can make them quickly and easily.
Hungry? Let’s get started!
Ingredients to Make Keto Cubano Chaffle Sandwiches
- 2 of your favorite chaffles
- sliced ham
- sliced roasted pork
- pickles (the dillier the better, or go with a sweet and tangy version like these keto pickles)
- Swiss cheese
How To Make This Keto Sandwich
I like to call chaffle sandwiches chaffwiches. It might never take off, but it’s a fun way to get the point across!
Making this Cubano chaffwich is as simple as 1, 2, 3.
- Make your chaffles.
- Layer on the ingredients.
- Put it under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese, or grill it in a pan to heat it through.
Variations on the Cubano Chaffle Sandwich
Traditionally, Cubano sandwiches are pressed in a hot pan and weighted down to warm everything through and to melt the cheese.
However, chaffles are a bit more delicate and don’t hold up well to that treatment. You certainly can pop the finished keto sandwich into a pan and warm it up, but be gentle!
I found a much better alternative is to heat the sandwich, open-faced, under the broiler for a minute or two.
Pass the Mustard!
Whether you use a regular yellow mustard or a fancier version like Dijon, is entirely up to you.
I don’t claim that this is an authentic recipe, so use whatever mustard you like or have on hand.
Chef Jenn’s Tips to Make This Cubano Chaffle Sandwich
- Make the chaffles ahead of time to save time! They freeze great and can be heated up in the toaster or back in the Dash chaffle maker.
- I use leftover roast pork that I’ve sliced very thin. Alternatively, it can be purchased at many deli counters.
- Add a slice or two of bacon for even extra porky goodness!
- Don’t like Swiss cheese? Don’t use it! Other good choices are gouda, Monterey Jack, or even pepper jack, if you are craving a bit of a kick.
What To Serve With This Cubano Sandwich
Salads are another tasty pick with keto lunch recipes, and they don’t have to be fancy or involved like this Cobb Salad. Just a handful of greens and a delish Ranch Dressing will have you all set and ready to go!
Traditionally a keto Cubano sandwich is served hot, but you can serve them cold and it’ll taste great!
Rumor has it, the Cubano Sandwich was created in Southern Florida as a way for immigrant workers to enjoy a delish lunch.
If you want to make it as authentic as possible, you’ll need Cuban bread. But, you can make it however you like – even using chaffles – if you’re not going for authenticity.
Yes! Pork is a GREAT source of protein, and it’s a keto friendly choice.
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Step By Step Images
Cubano Chaffle Sandwich
- Make the sourdough chaffles.
- Spread the mustard on both chaffles in an even layer.
- Top one of the chaffles with the ham, roast pork, pickles, and cheese.
- Melt the cheese under the broiler for a few minutes, then top with the final chaffle and enjoy!
A Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
Need even more keto and low carb recipes? Check out these meaty casseroles, and this family favorite sausage recipe. Breakfast is a cinch on a keto or low carb diet, and this gluten free corned beef hash is always a tasty dish.