Ropa Vieja

A few weeks ago, Hunt’s asked us if we’d like to make some of their recipes and share them with you, our lovely readers. We were excited about the opportunity to do this for two reasons. First and foremost, our family has always used Hunt’s products and we love them. We feel strongly about sharing ingredients or products that we believe in and use in our own kitchens. Secondly, the recipes are quick and easy and perfect for weeknight dinners.

As much as I love to make food from scratch, our hectic weekday schedule doesn’t always give me the opportunity to do so. My slow cooker is one of my best friends en la cocina and when I saw this Ropa Vieja recipe I knew it would be perfect for my familia at home and, you our blog familia.

Ropa vieja, is Spanish for “old clothes,” which describes the shreds of meat, bell peppers, and onions resembling a mess of colorful rags. It’s a popular dish in the Canary Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominica Republic. It is not a Mexican recipe we grew up eating, but reminded me so much of our beef brisket. It is a shredded skirt steak in a tomato sauce base. It’s hearty enough on its own, but goes well with a side of cilantro lime rice.

This simple recipe is completely effortless. All you have to do is add a handful of ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away. When you return, your home will smell amazing as if you were slaving away in the kitchen for hours. I have a feeling you will really enjoy this tender shredded beef, stewed with onion, bell peppers, and tangy tomato as much as I did.

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Shredded Beef in Creole Sauce (Ropa Vieja)

Yield: 6 servings (1 cup each)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

A traditional Cuban shredded beef recipe in a tomato sauce base flavored with onion, bell pepper, garlic and spices.

Ingredients:

PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1-1/2 pounds beef skirt steak, cut into large pieces
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup chopped red onion
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes, drained
1 can (8 oz each) Hunt's® Tomato Sauce

Directions:

Spray inside of 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover; cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours or until beef is tender.

Discard bay leaf. Remove beef from slow cooker; pull into shreds with 2 forks. Return beef to slow cooker; stir to combine with sauce.

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Written by Yvette / Photos by Yvette

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10 Responses to “Ropa Vieja”

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    Karly — February 2, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    This looks so filling and full of flavor!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

      It is such a simple and flavorful recipe Karly!

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    Margo Seymour — February 3, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Looks like something my grandma would have made only your recipe is for a slow cooker — even better! I’m going to have my husband put it together for the game tonight!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

      Did you make it Margo? Keep me posted. Hope you are well! I’m thinking of your yummy scones now ;) Mmmmm!

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    Jen Greyson — February 3, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness!!! That looks marvelous. I’m a sucker for anything accompanied by an avocado though. Yum.

    • Muy Bueno replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

      Thank you Jen! Avocados are a must in our home ;)

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    Margo Seymour — February 5, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    My husband made this the other day for the Super Bowl party. It was delicious! On Tuesday nights my sister, Arlene, and her family come over for dinner after Cub Scouts. I always try to do something easy, so I’m going to make it again tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Paloma Cruz (@palomacruz) — February 7, 2013 @ 12:32 am

    I love Ropa Vieja, even though I just “discovered” this dish recently. This recipe looks simple enough, though I may try it with chicken. Tks.

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    Dinorah — February 25, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    Made it and it was delicious! So tender and flavorful……thank you. Trying to decide what my next “cooking adventure” from the book will be. Want to try the different types of chillis….a new world opened up when I went to Mexican market this weekend. Such variety, textures,…….can’t wait. Thanks to your book I got a kick start into Mexican cuisine. :-)

    • Muy Bueno replied: — February 26th, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

      So glad to hear that Dinorah! Please keep in touch and let us know what else you make. Have a yummy day!

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