Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 mins

This Cuban stew is made by slow cooking a flank steak until very tender. Simmering it for a few hours makes it extremely tender. Ropa Vieja means "old clothes" in Spanish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season both sides of flank steak with sazon and place in pot with just enough water to cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Remove flank steak and shred with 2 forks. Preserve 1 cup of the liquid.
  3. Heat oil in skillet on medium, add sofrito and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add 1 cup of the liquid from the pot, tomato sauce and adobo.
  5. Simmer while stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve over white rice.
Most Helpful

Excellent although I found it to be VERY SALTY. I would recommend not adding the 1 cup of liquid from the pot and just use a cup of plain water. Other than that, It was a DELICIOUS dish expecially over rice and I will be making it again!!! I made this recipe using already made Sofrito by Goya that I found in the grocery store and used eye of round steaks that I cooked in the crockpot on low for 6 hours along with the sazon and water. The meat was soooo tender! Thanks for posting!!!!

Katie Mae April 21, 2009