Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef)

Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef)

7 reviews, 4.3 star(s). 113% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes

I love this dish! Ropa vieja means old clothes in Spanish. The Cubans call this dish old clothes because of the look of the beef after it has been cook. For years I asked my grandmother to teach me and she refused so after trial and error I came up with my own recipe.


2.5 lbs Flank Steak (Strips)
5 tbsp cooking Oil
2.5 tsp Garlic; (5 Cloves) Minced
1 large Onion; (Diced or Minced)
1 Green Pepper; (Diced or Minced)
0.25 tsp black pepper
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup Water
6 oz Sofrito

Original recipe makes 8



Heat 3 Tbsp of cooking oil in a deep skillet on medium heat. Place steak in skillet and brown on all sides and remove.

Add the remaining oil to the skillet with Garlic, Onion and green peppers; cook until the onions are translucent.

Stir in black pepper, meat, tomato sauce, water, and sofrito. Simmer until meat shreds easily. Approx. 1 hour. Server on top of rice.

You can get the recipe for sofrito on my page.

You can also add diced tomatoes if you want something chunkier or sliced green olives with pimientos.

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thanks for this recipe. this is the second time I made this and it came out perfectly both times. It is rapidly becoming a favorite in my house!

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U dont say how much tomatoe sauce
missynchichi 3y ago

made this for the first time, however my steak didnt shred like it was suppose to but it was still very yummy and flavorful. will definitely make again
Brooklyn8650 4y ago

made this for a second time. awesome I uploaded a picture this time. thanks jersey
casca 4y ago

party on my tastebuds! I order this whenever I went to a local Cuban eatery. they have sadly closed their doors. but I now have this and one other recipe for ropa vieja. I had to hunt down a sofrito recipe, but that was easy as cake! totally enjoyable!
shanewing 4y ago

Everytime i cook this recipe my hubby just goes insane! :) thanks!
LynnSoto 5y ago

This was my first time cooking it this way and it was delicious!!!
Xxlilxtinaxx 5y ago

"I will make this"! Sounds great.
kupcake 5y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
JerseyBlue 7y ago

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