Ropa Vieja

READY IN: 2hrs 45mins
Recipe by Russell G

This dish is fairly simple, although takes a little bit of prep time. My mother used to make this pretty frequently. It calls for a Dutch Oven, but I imagine one could find a way around that. I like to serve with tortillas. Great leftover as well!

Top Review by lolablitz

Oh this was so good and really easy! Inexpensive ingredients too, but not sacrifice in flavor! I only had 1 lb of beef, so used 1 large yellow onion and 1 green pepper and kept everything else the same and it was perfect! loved the smells of the beef when it was simmering - and was surprised how a few simple ingredients could fill the house and even backyard with wonderful smells. I shredded the beef and then poured the broth on top of it while prepping the onions and garlic. I also added the green pepper to the onions to simmer what my Dad calls the "trinity." I also made 1.5 cups of white rice and just mixed it all together. Made quite and bit which is great for DH's lunches. Thanks so much for a keeper!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat beef, water, salt, pepper, and bay leaf to boiling in Dutch oven; reduce heat.
  2. Cover and simmer until beef is tender, 1-2 hours (add water if necessary).
  3. Remove beef and cool slightly.
  4. Pour broth into a container.
  5. Cook and stir onions and garlic in oil until onions are tender. Pull beef apart and into shreds.
  6. Stir beef, onions, garlic, chilies, reserved liquid and the remaining ingredients into broth. Heat to boiling, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered 30 minutes.
  7. Serve over rice.

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