Ropa Vieja (Old Clothes)

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8 servings, 3/4 cup each

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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 with 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. Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired.
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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.


  • 8 servings, 3/4 cup each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, 3/4 cup each
Calories 240
% Daily Value
Total fat 12g
Saturated fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 460mg
Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 4g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A 10 %DV
Vitamin C 25 %DV
Calcium 4 %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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  • lisa-selby | Sat, Nov 19 2011 8:28 PM

  • YuliaW | Thu, Jul 28 2011 11:37 AM

    Good flavors, except that the shredded steak got super mushy and balled up when mixing it in the end with vegetables. Be sure not to over cook the vegetables. And once meat and vegetables are mixed together, don't cook longer than a minure otherwise, I think, you'll have the same problem I did (balled up ingredients). As leftovers, my husband and I enjoyed it more in a tortilla (meat mixture and rice all together) with a dallop of sour cream. THEN it was SUPER good!

  • jenn1070 | Tue, Jun 7 2011 2:32 PM

    Very good flavor and more juice/liquid then photo shows. It's almost like a soup but still a nice sauce over rice.