Ropa vieja is the most amazing Cuban comfort food. Whenever I go to a Cuban restaurant, I always order the ropa vieja or the vaca frita. Both dishes are spectacular in every way.

Ropa vieja is a long-simmered shredded beef and tomato and other delicious things sort of dish - it's almost like a stew! You can eat it alone, over rice, as a sandwich or in a tortilla. 

Step 1: ingredients:

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds flank steak, sliced into 1-2 inch wide strips
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canned pimiento peppers
  • 1/2 cup green olive sliced lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
I know the list is a little daunting. I'm sorry. It's worth it! Promise.

Plus, this makes a TON. You can feed several people or two people can eat on it for a few days.

Two important things to note about this recipe:
  1. Set aside the green olives, capers, pimientos and vinegar - we'll be putting them in at the very end!
  2. Don't add any salt until AFTER the olives/capers/pimientos go in and it simmers for a bit. They provide the majority of the salt in the dish, and you don't want to over do it. :)
Good recipe. Wished I would have not put so much oregano and thyme. I had to make a second batch just to off set the seasonings. <br>
<p>Looks so good, now I'm hungry. Thanks a lot! :D</p>
<p>If you are looking for &quot;The ropa veija&quot; recipe, look no further! This recipe rocks, and is extremely adaptable. It is delicious!!!! It is worth the time cooking it this way. </p>
Ai ke buena la ropa vieja. I ate ropa vieja so much in Cuba, and it brings back good memories!
<p>Great recipe. I substituted salted pork for the bacon (it's what I had and we are snowed in here in the ATL) and I added a bit of smoked sausage (just a small link) to make up for the lack of &quot;smokiness&quot;. Turned out great, and it goes real well with rice. Even my picky 8 yo daughter loved it. Thanks for sharing!</p>
This is almost word for word the recipe from Saveur Magazine online. Did they steal it from you without credit?
The first time I ever had this dish was at a Cuban restaurant here in Louisville called Havana Rumba. It is hands down my favorite dish. When I saw this recipe I decided I was going to give it a shot. jessyratfink nailed this recipe. It turned out fantastic. It will be on my list of go-to recipes forever. Thank you a million!
Yessss! That is just amazing. Havana Rumba is actually my favorite restaurant, along with Simpyl Thai and the Irish Rover. <br /> <br />I moved to Oakland a couple years ago, but Louisville will always be home. :D
Wow! Small world! I haven't been to Simply Thai yet but another friend of mine has suggested it. Never heard of Irish Rover but I just checked out their menu and Guinness Beef Stew sounds pretty good. I just made a pot a few weeks ago, would be nice to try a different recipe. Thanks for the suggestions! Go Cards! :-)
This recipe looks amazing though I have one question. Would beef chuck stew meat work as well or no?
Definitely! Anything with a decent amount of fat marbling will work. :D
I made this before Cuben style. Yours looks fabuloso!! :) <br> <br>Regards, <br>Randall <br>www.savorthefood.com
im gonna make this it looks mouthwatering! !
oh, it contains alcohol, does it still does when cooked?
Nope - the alcohol cooks out! It's just for flavor. :)
yay! <br>cause i'm 13 and i can't have alcohol, and another reason :\
but it looks soooooooooooooo good
Looks yummy! Maybe the long slow phase of the cooking could be done in a crockpot?
Definitely! You could use a much larger piece of meat that way, too :D
Looks delicious. Here in Canada I'd try making it with venison, moose or buffalo meat.
looks great, gotta try this.
Wow... I'm Cuban and I make this all the time, but the recipe looks amazing! I'm definitely going to try this one out. On a side tip, I usually use a pressure cooker; it cuts down the amount of time by a couple of hours
Looks good to me!
Muy gusto&gt; looking forward to making this tonight or tomorrow @ work with http://baleinen.com
Very good

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