Sunday, October 4, 2015

#156 Cuba's Ropa Vieja

I learned today that Cuban Cuisine is a mix of Native America Taino food, Spanish, African and Caribbean Cuisine. Rice, Beans and Meat are omnipresent, soups and stews are commonly prepared. For flavor, they use a lot of citrus fruits, tomato, vinegar, garlic, onions, peppers, capers, olives, white wine or beer.
This dish was delicious. Ropa Vieja means old clothes in Spanish. It is a shredded beef dish simmered in tomato sauce. I made it in the slow cooker and cooked it for more than 4 hours. The result? The meat was falling apart and bursting with flavors! I didn't eat it with yellow rice and fried plantain bananas and beans.. I will make sure to include those items the next time I make it for a more authentic experience.



  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 2 pounds grass-fed flank steak
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 large onion 
  • sliced red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon organic olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • chopped cilantro and sour cream for garnishing (optional)

  1. Brown beef in heated organic coconut oil. 
  2. Transfer beef in a slow cooker and then add the next 10 ingredients. Cook in high for 4 hours.
  3.  Serve with rice, friend plaintain bananas, and if you like, sour cream and freshly chopped cilantro.

I love it! Can't wait to make it again!

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