Monday, April 18, 2011

Cuban Ropa Vieja



The name Ropa Vieja literally means "old clothes" which seems perfectly fitting with the rag-like shredded meat piled on the plate, but this dish is anything but dodgy. A flank steak cooked to meltingly tender shreds lends a warming spice to any meat lovers palate. After not eating beef for quite some time, this dish just exploded with flavor for me. Served simply with tortillas or on its own with some cilantro-lime rice, it is one of those one-pot meals the family will enjoy. Loaded with red and green bell peppers, onions and just the right amount of cumin, garlic and tomato, this dish will keep you from ordering that boring take-out.




Cuban Ropa Vieja



1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds beef flank steak
1 cup beef broth
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 small onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
3 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar


Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Rub the flank steak with 1 tablespoon of cumin and then brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.

Transfer beef to a slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, remaining 2 tablespoons cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar into a small bowl. Stir until well blended then add to the crock pot. Cover, and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for up to 10 hours, you just want the beef to shred easily when pulled apart with a fork. When ready to serve, shred the meat and serve with tortillas or any appealing sides and condiments like cilanto-lime rice, black beans, sliced avocado and sour cream. Serve any remaining sauce alongside.

*Inspired from All-recipes, Epicurious, Eva's Kitchen and Food.com

57 comments:

chefpandita.com said...

My dad loves ropa vieja. Cilantro-lime rice sounds interesting :) never had it before.

Cake Duchess said...

Be still my heart! Bridgett-this looks amazing! I love ropa vieja and any Cuban dish. :)

Chef Chuck said...

Wow, I could taste from here!! I love that tender meat, and herbs and spices make it even better!

Claudia said...

I love the tenderness of this with the spices - the condiments - especially the lime and cilantro would really enhance it. It's the perfect meal for my chilly spring!

Audrey said...

My sister and I were just talking about whether you can make good food in a slow cooker...I think you just proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt! Both of us (not to mention her family of very tall men) would love this!

Gloria said...

Dear this look really yummy and delicious!Thanks by sharing! gloria

Pegasuslegend said...

I will bet this was delicious. This looks like something we would love to have like RIGHT NOW~~~~

Pegasuslegend said...

I love everything in this... I want a double order right now~

Velva said...

I grew up eating this dish. Love it, love it. This is a soulful Cuban meal.

Velva

Helene said...

That's a very nice meal.

Elisabeth said...

Hi Bridgett-Such a coincidence. On my last post, I posted a Cuban Rice Pudding cake. I love Ropa Vieja, and you did an incredible job on it. Love the way it turned out, so moist, melt in your mouth delicious. Yumm!!!

Jeannie said...

Looks like a very delicious and comforting dish, wish I could have some, it's been a while since I last ate beef too!

Vivienne said...

i can just tell that the meat is super tender and flavoursome by looking at it! beautifully plated too :)

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

This is such a creative crock pot recipe. Looks fantastic,

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a rather interesting name for such a comforting and delicious dish! I don't think I have ever tried any Cuban dishes before. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Nisrine Merzouki said...

I'm fascinated by all things Cuban. Thanks for posting this. Its name alone is intriguing.

pswsydney said...

Yum! And to think this delicious meat is going to be mixed with that rich dallop of decadent cream and dunked into what I think is a wonderful dipping of hot spicy BBQ sauce in the background!! Bring it on!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

this looks wonderful adore cuban food great picture too

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love those flavors! A scrumptious beef dish. Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

divya said...

yummy...... luks so delicious.. very tempting clicks!!!

Diana said...

This looks delicious, Bridgett. I haven't eaten beef in quite some time either, but this dish sure makes me want to change that. Yum! Beautiful photo, too!

Emily said...

Wow, this sounds amazing! And I have everything on the ingredient list, so I think I'll make it for dinner on Wednesday!

Michael Toa said...

This dish looks amazingly delicious. I love that you serve it with sour cream... my favourite condiment :)
Have a nice day!

JR/Mike said...

Hi, you have some great food and this looks mouth watering with lots of wonderful flavors. I don't have a slow cooker so I might just have to attempt this in the oven.

Kim said...

That is one beautiful plate of food Bridgett! I've never had cuban ropa vieja, but I did slow cook flank steak for the first time last night for dinner. The results were delicious. I know this recipe is a winner.

Have a great Easter weekend!

My Little Space said...

Hi ya darling Bridgett, this sounds marvelous with lamb meat as well. I am trying to imagine them in my burger! Yummm.... Thanks for sharing. Hope you're well. Take care & have a great day ahead.
Cheers, Kristy

Pam said...

This is my kind of food. It looks fantastic.

Diana's Cocina said...

What a lovely dish ~ And I must say beautiful presentation.

Kim said...

Just read your comment on the barbecue chicken. Yes, I have had Giada's balsamic bbq and I absolutely love it. And, yes Jamie is a real favorite so he definitely gets a pass:) Thanks!

Fresh Local and Best said...

I've been collecting one pot recipes for the busier days that are sure to be ahead. This ropa vieja looks delicious and I think would go so well with fresh corn tortillas!

nobu said...

I think it is good with rice.
Wonderful!

Joanne said...

That meat looks so pull-apart tender delicious! And I love all of the flavor in this dish...infinitely better than take-out!

Beth said...

This looks great! What a nice variation on my regular recipes, and it looks pretty easy too.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I don't know why but knowing that the name means old clothes makes me really want to make this. Of course your beautiful pic does a wonderful sell job as well. Lovely post - thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

What a lovely take on this old classic. You even made it look beautiful :-). I love this kind of food and would have loved to join you at the table. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Beloved Green said...

Lots of good protein, me likie!

Val said...

Sweet mercy.....If only I could reach through the screen!

Healthy Mamma said...

Oh, your killing me! This looks absolutely wonderful, I want some right now. It looks pretty easy too. I'm your newest happy follower! ;)
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FOODESSA said...

On most of my mini-getaways to Cuba, I can re-call Hubby devouring this dish. Since I've never personally made it myself...you've just given me the idea to surprise him with a great homemade version. Grazie Bridgett ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Simply Life said...

I'm loving the seasonings in this- it sounds great!

Reeni said...

The slow cooker does amazing things to flank steak! I LOVE this!

grace said...

i have LOTS of ropa vieja in my drawers, but none in my fridge or belly, and that's a shame. :)

Holly said...

Yum-this sounds soooo good!:)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Oh I like the sound of this one! I love shredded meat a lot. Thanks for sharing!!

Victor said...

Another great dish that I never heard of. Love the flavors in the shredded beef.

Happy Easter, Bridgett!

claire said...

if you could go ahead and mail me a taste, i would really appreciate it!

after all of my easter feast, my mouth is still watering!

Olive said...

sounds like a very delicious dish by the way you described it..you had me at "meltingly tender"..Mmmm ropa vieja must be really good!

Happy Easter, Bridgette! :)

Robyn MacLarty said...

Okay, now this dish has made me put a slow cooker back at the top of my wish list!
Robyn
x

Barbara said...

That looks fabulous, Bridgett! I've never made it, but have had it out and loved it.
No excuses now! :)

5 Star Foodie said...

A terrific meal for sure!

Esi said...

I think I could eat a lot of this in one sitting.

Julie said...

Sounds just amazing! Looks delicious too :)

Brownieville Girl said...

Love all those flavours ... great way to get back into beef!

Indie.Tea said...

It looks delicious....the spices sound delicious...

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Sounds and looks absolutely AMAZING, can't wait to try it. I just found you from Aggie's Kitchen and I'm really happy I did.
I just signed up to be a follower!
Mary

His Way or Her Way said...

Living in the Tampa Bay area, we have a lot of Cuban foods which I love. This looks really good!! I am a new follower of your blog and I hope you will visit ours soon!

Lori

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