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Cuban Ropa Vieja Stew

This Cuban Ropa Vieja Stew recipe makes a hearty beef Cuban stew with bacon, flank steak, red and green bell peppers, onion, tomato paste and spices that you will love!

This Cuban Ropa Vieja Stew recipe makes a hearty beef Cuban stew with bacon, flank steak, red and green bell peppers, onion, tomato paste and spices that you will love!

It is cold as all heck outside and the after-Christmas blues are slowly creeping in to the house. To banish my less-than-positive attitude about the winter weather, I let this succulent, spiced stew slowly simmer on a Sunday (holy alliteration, Batman!) while I folded laundry watched Dexter for 12 hours.

My house smelled amazing by the time it was done and both the husband and I were very happy to cozy up on the couch with a bowl of this hearty beef stew.

This Cuban Ropa Vieja Soup recipe makes a hearty beef Cuban soup with bacon, flank steak, red and green bell peppers, onion, tomato paste and spices that you will love!

The more traditional version of Ropa Vieja typically follows a similar cooking method, but calls for shredding the beef once tender and returning it to the pot. I prefer a little more textural variety in my meals, so I adjusted the Cuban beef stew recipe and method to make a hearty stew.

This Cuban Beef Soup recipe makes a hearty beef Cuban soup with bacon, flank steak, red and green bell peppers, onion, tomato paste and spices that you will love!

It’s a cinch to make this skirt steak stew, and just requires a bit of prep work and about 20 minutes of active “cooking” time.

I used my very favorite enameled cast iron Dutch oven to make this Cuban stew, but you could use any heavy-bottomed pot you happen to have lying around.

Once you brown and saute the meal and vegetables, the flank steak stew happily simmers for a few hours to tenderize the beef and develop the flavors.

This Cuban Beef Soup recipe makes a hearty beef Cuban soup with bacon, flank steak, red and green bell peppers, onion, tomato paste and spices that you will love!

The flank steak just melts in your mouth. Mmm.

This Cuban stew reheats really well and makes for excellent leftovers. We had so much leftover that I used some of the meat and vegetables to make burritos. Score!

Here’s the Cuban Beef Stew Recipe!

Cuban Ropa Vieja Stew

Cuban Ropa Vieja Stew Recipe

This Cuban Ropa Vieja Stew recipe makes a hearty beef Cuban stew with bacon, flank steak, red and green bell peppers, onion, tomato paste and spices that you will love!
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Course: Soups & Stews
Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs 50 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs
Servings: 6
Calories: 541kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen, adapted from Saveur
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Ingredients

  • 6 oz. bacon - roughly chopped
  • 2 lb. flank steak - cut into 1 ½ inch strips
  • Kosher salt and black pepper - to taste
  • 1 medium yellow onion - thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper - thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper - thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 5 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 16- oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup halved - pitted green olives
  • 1/3 cup sliced jarred pimiento peppers
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Heat a 6-quart or large Dutch oven (or other heavy-bottomed pot) on a burner over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, about 5 minutes, until the fat has rendered and the bacon has cooked. Remove the bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.
  • Season the sliced steak with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add steak to the hot Dutch oven in a single layer and cook until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining steak pieces.
  • Add the onion and peppers and cook about 4 minutes, until soft. Add the cumin, thyme, oregano, garlic, bay leaf, and tomato paste and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  • Pour in the wine and use a wooden spoon to scrape the fond up from the bottom of the pot as it deglazes. Return the bacon and steak to the pot.
  • Add the stock and tomatoes and continue to cook over medium-high heat until the contents come to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and let cook 2 hours or until steak is tender.
  • Stir in the olives, pimientos, and vinegar. Let cook uncovered a further 30 minutes, then taste and add salt as needed. Serve topped with fresh cilantro.

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Nutrition Facts
Cuban Ropa Vieja Stew Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
541
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
26
g
40
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Cholesterol
 
148
mg
49
%
Sodium
 
1165
mg
51
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
56
g
112
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anetta

Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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  1. Hi, I’m stopping by from your SITS tribe – and I also love sci-fi and travel. 🙂 This recipe looks amazing! I’m looking forward to reading more of your recipes!

    1. Hi, Lisa! Thanks so much for checking out my recipes – I was just checking yours out earlier this morning and they look delicious!