Old Clothes (Beef Stew): Ropa Vieja

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) flank steak, halved lengthwise
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 onions, julienne
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1 red pepper, julienne
  • 1 green pepper, julienne
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 2 cups whole tomatoes, canned
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Serving suggestion: white rice
Directions
  • Boil the flank steak with bay leaves, carrots, 1 onion, and oregano with enough water to cover the ingredients. Cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • Drain and let the meat cool, cut into 2-inch cubes and then shred.

  • Saute the remaining onion, peppers, and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Deglaze with sherry. Add tomatoes and cumin. Cook for 15 minutes. Add the shredded meat and cook for 1/2 hour. Season with salt and pepper.


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    Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen