Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches

Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches | @mamionthego

Mezcla sandwiches are very traditional in Puerto Rican kitchens. “Mezcla” means “mix”, which is exactly what it is: a puree of ham and cheese for sandwiches. Ok, so “puree of ham and cheese” doesn’t sound very appetizing, but stay with me, I promise it’s worth it!

Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches | @mamionthego

We make mezcla sandwiches all the time. For family gatherings or holiday parties, we like to buy sweet or colored breads to make them more festive. Growing up, my mom always ordered pinwheel sweet mezcla sandwiches from the local bakery. I still order them every time my husband has a meeting at work that requires breakfast or snacks.

Another popular place for mezcla sandwiches is in lunchboxes. In my opinion, it’s the perfect sandwich filling for when you want to cut them up in fun shapes, because it acts like a glue for both breads, and it doesn’t come undone when transported.

These are just two fun ways I have incorporated mezcla sandwiches in my son’s lunchbox:

Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches | @mamionthego

Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches | @mamionthego

I got this recipe from a friend a very long time ago, and even though I have tried other recipes, I think the cream cheese is what takes it over the top, because it makes it creamier. Also, don’t omit the red sweet peppers! It gives it a great taste, and masks the processed cheese and spam taste.

Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches | @mamionthego

I posted this recipe several years ago on my YoSoyMami blog, and it is my #1 most visited post, which is why I wanted to share it here, because I know you’re going to love it.

Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches

Category: Lunch

Cuisine: Latin

Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches

This "mix" is perfect for parties, potlucks and lunchboxes.


  • 1 (8 oz.) jar of Cheez Whiz
  • 1 can of Spam (I like to use Lite or low-sodium)
  • 1 small can of red sweet peppers
  • 4 oz. of cream cheese (1/2 package)
  • Bread (any kind)


  1. Mix all ingredients in your food processor until smooth. When adding the sweet peppers, don't throw away the liquid. Add the peppers first, and gradually add the liquid until you have reached your desired consistency. Remember that the peppers and liquid are what give this a great taste. You want to add the liquid without watering down the mezcla too much. You will not need all of the liquid.


You can use any kind of bread - sandwich bread, sweet bread, colored, etc. You can also use cutters to create fun shapes.


Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later!

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29 thoughts on “Puerto Rican Mezcla Sandwiches”

    1. LOL!! Yes, at first it doesn’t sound very appetizing, but I guess it’s a cultural thing, because we eat it all the time! And trust me, it’s delicious. Thanks to the cream cheese and sweet peppers, it doesn’t taste like cheez whiz or spam at all. 😉

  1. I have never heard of this recipe before and you were right, at first I was wondering if the combination would work, but I feel quite intrigued now to try it one day. Where do you get the can of sweet peppers? I have never seen them before.

    1. I got these at Walmart, but you can probably get them at any grocery store. They’re close to the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, etc. (at least in my grocery store). I hope you find them!

  2. This looks like an interesting recipe. A great option for office lunch. Will try this out. Thanks much for sharing.

  3. Its always so much fun to see what is tradition in other kitchens! I haven’t tried this, but it looks similar to like, pimento cheese!

    1. Yes, in a way it’s similar. The good thing about this one is that the cream cheese masks the strong taste of the cheez whiz, so it’s milder in my opinion. I love both!

  4. Gracias por compartir esta receta hermosa, se ve deliciosa, la voy a preparar y te cuento que tal me fue!

  5. Que bueno encontrar la receta por acá! La maestra de mi hija es de Puerto Rico y en estos días la hicieron y yo ni idea de cómo replicar en casa lo que había cocinado en el cole. Gracias

  6. Santo Cristo! Se ve buenísimo! Y se parece a una que se hace en venezuela, pero no lleva spam sino diablito. Pero la verdad es que desde que nació mi hijo controlamos (no hemos logrado eliminar) los azúcares y las carnes procesadas 🙈

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