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Cuban Bocadito Sandwiches

cuban bocadito sandwiches

These Cuban Bocadito Sandwiches are an authentic Cuban appetizer and one of my favorite snacks at family gatherings! They’re made with savory ham and pimento filling sandwiched between soft rolls and they are sure to disappear quickly!

Cuban bocaditos

What are Cuban bocadito sandwiches made of?

Cuban bocaditos are primarily made of ham, and pimentos. They also contain cream cheese and mayonnaise for extra creaminess. This is such a simple recipe but the ingredients all pack a big punch of flavor.

Cuban bocadito ingredients

How to make Cuban Bocaditos:

The first step in making bocaditos is to add all of the ingredients (except the bread) to a food processor or a blender. You’ll want to blend everything until it’s nice and smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times and keep blending until you see no more large ham pieces.

This recipe is such actually a great make-ahead appetizer. You can prep the ham mixture the night before and just fill the sandwiches when you’re ready to serve. 
Cuban bocadito ingredients

Once your filling is prepared, cover and place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour or you can refrigerate over night if you’re making these a day ahead. You just want the filling to firm up a bit and not be runny in your sandwiches.

cuban bocadito sandwich

When you’re ready to make the bocadito sandwiches, you just slice your bread (if it’s not pre-sliced) and add about 2-3 tablespoons of filling to each sandwich. When you close the sandwich, do not press down or the filling will ooze out. Just gently place the top on.

cuban bocadito sandwich

And that’s it! You’ve just made Cuban Bocadito Sandwiches and you’re ready to impress your Cuban family!

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cuban bocadito sandwiches

cuban bocadito sandwiches

Cuban Bocadito Sandwiches

Coco and Ash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration time 1 hour
Servings 12 sandwiches


  • Food processor or blender


  • 1 pound cooked ham
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 ounce jar of pimentos (drain and reserve the liquid)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid from the pimento jar
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 12 pack of King's Hawaiian rolls or bocadito rolls


  • Add all of the ingredients except for the bread into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Cover the ham mixture and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to firm up.
  • When ready to serve, add a about 2-3 tablespoons to each sandwich then serve immediately.
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cuban bocadito sandwich

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