044 Cuba – Ropa Vieja

044 Cuba - Ropa Vieja2

Ropa Vieja

Ropa vieja (English: Old clothes) is one of the national dishes of Cuba, consisting of stewed beef with vegetables. It originates from a Sephardic dish from the Middle Ages.


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 pounds beef flank steak

1 cup beef broth

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 small onion, sliced

1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon white vinegar


Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer beef to a slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar. Stir until well blended. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours. When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with tortillas or rice.

Original recipe found here:


Author: martymadeitproductions

A Home Chef's Journey

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