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Ropa Vieja

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A classic Cuban dish, “Ropa Vieja”, which literally translates to “old clothe”, is a mixture of tender meat in a savory tomato sauce. If you tell your friends that you are serving them old clothe, you may get some strange glances, but this dish is a winner.
  Flank steak 3 Pound
  Water 12 Cup (192 tbs)
  Bay leaves 2
  Onions 1 Large, diced
  Green bell pepper 1 Large, cored seeded and diced
  Red bell pepper 1 Large, cored seeded and diced
  Crushed garlic 4 Tablespoon
  Tomato sauce 30 Ounce (2 Cans, 15 Ounce Each)
  Cumin powder 1 Pinch
  Oregano 2 Tablespoon
  Dry white wine 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Vino Seco)
  Low sodium early young sweet peas 15 Ounce, can (1 Can)
  Diced pimentos 4 Ounce (1 Bottle)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon

Place flank steak, water, one bay leaf and salt in a deep pot or saute pan and bring it to a boil over medium high heat reduce the heat to medium low and cook the beef for about and 1-1 1/2 hours, until it starts to shred. Using a slotted spoon remove the beef and set aside to let cool.

Once the beef has sufficiently cooled shred it as necessary (using your hands or a meat mallet) so it is broken up into strands and has a stringy appearance.

In a large covered pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until fragrant. Add the onions, green peppers, red peppers, and cook until onions are translucent. Reduce heat to medium, add the garlic and shredded beef, mix well.

Add the tomato sauce, vino seco, cumin, oregano, and remaining bay leaf. Bring to a boil, add the peas and pimentos, reduce heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the bay leaf and serve over brown rice.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
130 Minutes
Ready In: 
150 Minutes
Cuban Shredded Beef
Wish to try out something new in your kitchen this weekend? How about creating some Cuban magic? The classic Cuban dish which is a combo of tender meat and savory tomato sauce is indeed something to look forward to you. A win-win dinner dish any day.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 582 Calories from Fat 151

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 16 g23.9%

Saturated Fat 5.6 g27.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 60 mg20%

Sodium 444.2 mg18.5%

Total Carbohydrates 35 g11.6%

Dietary Fiber 8.5 g34.1%

Sugars 14.9 g

Protein 53 g106%

Vitamin A 53.1% Vitamin C 160.1%

Calcium 13.6% Iron 38.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Ropa Vieja Recipe Video, Cuban Shredded Beef