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Cuban Ropa Vieja recipe - How to Make Cuban Shredded Beef


Cuban ropa vieja

Ropa vieja is Cuban national dish. Named "old clothes" from its look, the exact origin of this meal is a mystery. A few sites suggest it was brought to Cuba from the Canary Islands, although no historical references to that exists.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Total Time: 1 hours 40 minutes



2 1/2 lbs flank steak, cut in strips
5 tablespoons oil
2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic or 5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
6 ounces sofrito sauce



Heat 3 tbsp. oil in skillet on medium, brown meat on all sides. Remove from skillet, add remaining oil to skillet, stir in garlic, onion and green pepper and cook until translucent. Stir in black pepper, browned meat, tomato sauce, water and sofrito. Simmer until meat is tender and shreds easily, about 1 hour. Serve on top of rice.


This recipe serves 6.

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