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Jun 15, 2011

Cuban Ropa Vieja

Cuban Ropa Vieja

So I got Eva Longoria's new cookbook, Eva's Kitchen, and let me tell you that it is amazing! I rarely buy cookbooks, but this one is a must! I am so excited to make a lot more Mexican dishes now. Here is my first one & it is sooooo good! This recipe will make your entire house smell so amazing, just like a Mexican kitchen!

Ropa Vieja translates to old clothes, which is what this shredded meat brings to mind. This is a simple recipe that you just throw in the crock pot!  You can also halve the recipe like I did, because the original recipe makes enough to feed 8-10 people. Serve with some flour tortillas & you could do rice, pinto or black beans on the side!

You will need:
2 1/2 pounds beef flank steak
6 Tbsp ground cumin
4 Tbsp EVOO 
2 cups beef broth
(2) 8-ounce can's tomato sauce
(2) 6-ounce can's tomato paste
2 Tbsp distilled vinegar
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 large yellow or white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded & sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded & sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 bunch cilantro, leaves chopped

To make:
Rub the steak with 3 Tbsp cumin on both sides. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp EVOO over med-high heat. Add steak & cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to Crock Pot.

In large mixing bowl, mix together the broth, tomato sauce, paste, vinegar, garlic, salt, & remaining 3 Tbsp cumin. Then add the remaining 2 Tbsp EVOO. Stir well. Then add onion, bell peppers, & cilantro. Stir again & pour mixture over steak in crock pot.

Cook on high 4 hours or low up to 10 hours. The meat is ready when it falls apart when pierced with a fork. Use 2 forks to shred the meat. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then serve inside flour tortillas, use some white rice to soak up the yummy juices, serve with a side or refried or black beans!


  1. This is the best recipe for ropa vieja... over time I have added a little oregano and it just added that much more flavor. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  2. Ropa vieja, is a CUBAN dish not a Mexican dish!

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  5. It actually comes from many Latin cultures. Each has its own spin. The Ropa Vieja we had in Cuba never had Olives, but I believe the Venezuelan version does. None are wrong, just different. Like BBQ in the US!

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