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Ropa Vieja - “Old Clothes”


2 lb flank steak (cut into 2-inch cubes)
3 medium onions, chopped
7 cloves garlic
3 green peppers, chopped
6 bay leaves
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 can tomato paste
roasted red peppers
stuffed olives, sliced


Brown flank steak with 1/3 of onions and half the garlic. Add 1/3 of the green peppers, 3 bay leaves, 1/4 cup of the vinegar, salt, pepper, and water to cover simmer until tender. Skim the foam. Remove the meat and pull. Reserve the broth.

Sauté the remaining onions, garlic, and peppers in olive oil until tender add meat and remaining bay leaves, vinegar, and 1/4 cup of the broth. Simmer until liquid is absorbed. Remove bay leaves and stir in tomato paste.

Garnish with Roasted Peppers and olives.


Ropa vieja, Spanish for "Old Clothes," is a popular dish in Cuba, and many Latin American countries.