Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

Here’s another one of our favorite Latin dishes…Ropa Vieja…a Cuban dish meaning ‘old clothes’ that takes a flank steak and braises it in a rich tomato broth with vegetables until the flank steak is so tender that you can pull it apart with a fork. I typically serve this dish with Rice & Black Beans and Maduros on the side. Then the very next day we wrap up the leftover Ropa Vieja along with the Rice & Black Beans in large tortillas and have ourselves delicious burritos! Love those leftovers…

Ropa Vieja
Extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 red pepper, seeded & sliced
1 green pepper, seeded & sliced
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
1 teaspoon Goya Adobo seasoning
1 1/2 lbs flank steak
1/2 cup red wine
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 cups beef broth

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil on medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté a few minutes. Add the sliced red and green peppers to the skillet and sauté a few minutes. In a small jar combine the cumin, steak seasoning and Adobo.

Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on the flank steak and season with the spice mix. Remove the onions & peppers from the skillet; reserve on a dish as you’ll be adding these back into the skillet after the flank steak has been seared. Heat a little more oil in the skillet and sear the flank steak two minutes on each side.

Add the sautéed onions & peppers back into the skillet with the seared steak. Add 1/2 cup red wine, 8 oz tomato sauce and 2 cups beef broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 2 hours.After two hours the flank steak is very tender and can easily be pulled apart with a fork. Shred the entire steak and serve with Rice & Black Beans.

Ropa Vieja with Rice & Black Beans

Ropa Vieja is so hearty and can be used for two meals in one! Remember to save those leftovers for burritos tomorrow. Enjoy!

I’ve shared this on Fiesta Friday, Friday Faves at FoodieFridiy, Saucy Saturdays – go check it out and see many more great recipes!



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Ropa Vieja

41 thoughts on “Ropa Vieja

  1. Looks awesome for old cloths. I have some cube steaks in the fridge for the week. I might give this a try with them. I am sure it will not be as good with out the flank steak. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

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    1. For this recipe I used ‘sin pimienta’ (without pepper) but I tried several and they’re all pretty good – just pick one and see how it goes! 🙂


  2. I have never herd of this dish before but wow this looks and sounds like something I would love!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe so I could find it!! I am going to pin it and save it for when I have all the ingredients.

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  3. Wow, everything on that plate looks absolutely irresistible!! When I first saw the title, I thought my high school Spanish skills were just really rusty because surely that couldn’t be the name of a food…what a funny name!

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      1. Mole sauce is made with a hint of chocolate and with almonds…I make it from scratch and it is absolutely delicious! Try it! I would love to know how it goes 🙂

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