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Ropa Vieja Recipe

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8 servings, 3/4 cup each

Make a great impression with our Ropa Vieja Recipe. This Ropa Vieja Recipe is a Cuban dish named for the shredded meat's resemblance to torn clothes.

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  • Place steak and half each of the onions, green pepper halves and garlic cloves in Dutch oven. Add water and bay leaf. Bring to boil on medium-high heat; cover. Simmer on low heat 2 hours or until steak is tender.
  • Cut remaining onion and remaining green pepper halves into thin slices; place in large skillet. Finely chop remaining 2 garlic cloves. Add to skillet along with the dressing; mix well. Cook on medium-high heat 10 min. or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.
  • Drain steak mixture, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid for later use; place steak in shallow pan. Discard vegetables cooked with the steak. Use 2 forks to shred steak. Add to vegetable mixture in skillet; mix well. Cook 2 min. Stir in reserved cooking liquid and remaining ingredients; cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

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Please use alcohol responsibly.

Food Facts

Cuban in origin, this dish is popular in many Hispanic countries. It got its name because the meat is shredded (like old clothes). In some countries, it is called "torn clothes."

Special Extra

The broth which the meat is cooked in makes a great base for your favorite homemade soup. Or for added flavor, use it instead of the water when cooking rice.


Omit the wine.

Serving Suggestion

Serve over hot cooked rice.


  • 8 servings, 3/4 cup each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, 3/4 cup each
Calories 220
Total fat 10g
Saturated fat 3g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 350mg
Carbohydrate 7g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 4g
Protein 23g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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