You can never have enough ropa vieja. And every recipe adds a touch of something new and delicious - a little more spice, a little more sweet, subbing in chicken, stuffing the filling into empanadas.
Here are a few recipes to revamp the original. Buen provecho.
Traditionally, in Cuba, Ropa Vieja is a simple stew of leftover scraps of meat and whatever vegetables happen to be in the house. In this recipe, pork butt, flank steak and all the classic flavors are combined in a slow cooker and simmered, hands free, until tender and richly flavored.
Ropa Vieja, while deliciously hearty and comforting, is not exactly healthy. This Ropa Vieja replaces flank steak with skinless chicken breast and uses reserved chicken broth in lieu of sodium-laden beef stock. It’s a flavorful, guilt-free alternative to a beloved Cuban dish.
The name “Ropa Vieja” translates as “old clothes,” but the flavor in this recipe is fresher and lighter than a regular old stew. Using the convenience of a slow cooker, slow roasted Ropa Vieja is a great make ahead dish, especially on those days when you are overloaded with household chores…or laundry!