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Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

"Ropa Vieja" means "old clothes," for the consistency of the shredded beef.



  1. Put the flank steak, carrot, onion and celery stalk in a heavy pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 1 1/2 hours or so.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  3. Shred meat using your hands or two forks.
  4. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil and sauté onion, garlic and green pepper until the onion is translucent.
  5. Add green chiles, tomatoes and tomato paste.
  6. Add a cup or two of the stock in which you cooked the steak, and add the beef. The consistency should be thicker than soup. Add a dash of cayenne pepper if you like. Let it simmer for five minutes.
  7. Serve over rice and garnish with baby peas and/or chopped pimientos.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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