Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef With Tomatoes)

Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef With Tomatoes)
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2 Reviews
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
1:30
Total Time
6 servings

Ingredients

Beef

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

Sauce

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

Rice

Hot cooked rice

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Recipe Tips

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
Cholesterol
70mg
Carbohydrates
10g
Protein
27g
Fat
14g
Sodium
310mg
Dietary Fiber
1g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

The sauce was very rich, and the only thing I would change is next time letting the slow cooker take care of the beef.

Rating

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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