Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean cuisines. Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. A traditional Cuban meal would not be served in courses; rather all food items would be served at the same time. The meal would consist of plantains, black beans and rice, ropa vieja (beef), pork with onions and tropical fruits. Black beans and rice, referred to as "moros y cristianos", and plantains are staples of the Cuban diet. Many of the meat dishes are cooked slowly with light sauces. Garlic, cumin, oregano and bay leaves are the dominant spices.
Boliche is a beef roast, stuffed with chorizo sausage. Ropa Vieja is beef cooked in sauce until it falls apart, resembling "old clothes."
A Cuban sandwich is a popular export of Cuban cuisine to the United States , especially in Florida .