Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef With Tomatoes)

Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef With Tomatoes)

Ropa Vieja is a very traditional Cuban entrée. The name literally means “old clothes” which is what the beef looks like after it is shredded. It is an incredibly flavorful entrée that is often served with sliced plantains sautéed in butter.

25 min. prep time
6 servings
252 Ratings



6 cups water
1 1/2 pounds flank steak
1 medium onion, quartered
1 large carrot, peeled, cut into 4 pieces
1 bay leaf


2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter
1 medium (1 cup) green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 medium (1/2 cup) onion, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic
1 (15-ounce) can chunky tomato sauce
3 tablespoons red wine, if desired
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt


Hot cooked rice


Combine all beef ingredients in 4-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until water comes to a boil (10 to 12 minutes). Reduce heat to low. Cook until flank steak is tender (45 to 60 minutes). Remove beef from water; reserve 1 cup broth. Let beef stand 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Shred beef into 2-inch pieces with forks.

Meanwhile, melt butter in 12-inch skillet until sizzling; add bell pepper, 1/2 cup chopped onion and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until vegetables are softened (8 to 10 minutes). Add reserved broth and all remaining sauce ingredients.

Continue cooking until mixture comes to a boil (3 to 5 minutes). Add shredded beef. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors are blended (about 15 minutes). Serve over rice.

TIP: Use the extra broth created in this recipe as homemade stock. Cool completely. Pour into ice cube tray. Freeze until firm. Remove from tray; place into resealable plastic freezer bag.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving without rice)

Calories: 270

Fat: 14g

Cholesterol: 70mg

Sodium: 310mg

Carbohydrates: 10g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 27g

Recipe #10103©1998Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

The sauce was very rich, and the only thing I would change is next time letting the slow cooker take care of the beef.
Absolutely delicious! I've made this many times. My aunt & uncle loved it and asked for the recipe -they even enjoyed the leftovers! I am looking for more recipes from Land O'Lakes because I love this dish so much.

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