Author: Simple Foodie

Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

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Servings: 6

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Ropa Vieja Recipe. This is the classic Cuban recipe just like Mami used to make.


flank steak 2 1/2 lbs cut into 6 inch pieces
bay leaf 2
olive oil 1/4 cup
onion 1 sliced
bell pepper 1 cored, seeded, and sliced into strips
garlic clove 3 diced
tomato puree 2 cups
sherry 1/2 cup
salt 1/4 cup
black pepper 1 Tbsp to taste
pimiento 1/2 cup diced
sweet peas 1/2 cup drained


  1. In a large stock place the flank steak and 1/2 of the bay leaves. Cover with water. The water level should be 1 inch above the meat. Add the salt to the water and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours and then remove to a bowl to allow the meat to cool.
  3. In a large skillet heat the oil. Add the sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, and diced garlic. Saute until the onions are tranlucent.
  4. Add the tomato puree, sherry, and the remaining bay leaf. Combine thorougly. Cook uncovered over low heat for about 10 minutes.
  5. When the meat is cool enough to handle shred with two forks or your hands.
  6. Add salt and pepper to the meat to taste.
  7. Add the meat to the tomato sauce and combine thoroughly. Cook covered over very low heat for 30 minutes.
  8. Garnish with pimientos and sweat peas.


Remember a cuban meal is nothing without the black beans and rice.