Ropa Vieja

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 3 hr
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

4 pounds skirt steak or flank steak

4 medium onions, coarsely chopped and separated into 2 parts

2 carrots, coarsely chopped

3 celery stalk, coarsely chopped

2 bay leaves

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 jalapenos, minced

2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1 tablespoon salt

10 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped or 2 cans chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley leaves

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, put in the meat, 2 chopped onions, carrot, celery and bay leaf. Cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  2. When meat is very tender, turn off heat and let meat cool in liquid for 20 min, remove from broth. Set aside. Discard vegetables and strain broth through a sieve. Return broth to heat, and boil to reduce by half, about 20 to 30 minutes. When meat is cool, cut off any fat and pull into shreds about 2 inches wide.
  3. While broth is reducing, heat oil in a large skillet. Over medium heat, cook the remaining half of onions, the garlic, jalapenos, green peppers and 1 tablespoon salt until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of salt.
  4. Stir in 3 cups reduced broth and tomatoes. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in shredded meat, parsley, oregano, and cumin. Cook 10 minutes more.
  5. Serve with white rice.