How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (I make this totally on the stove top)
  • Season beef on both sides with salt, pepper and onion powder.
  • Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven.
  • Sear steaks on both sides (about 10 minutes).
  • Spoon off most of the fat.
  • Stir in the Sofrito, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and the cumin.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, water, alcaparrado and bay leaves.
  • Bring back to the boil, cover and simmer (or bake) until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  • Remove meat from pan.
  • Shred meat coarsely by hand or using two forks.
  • Return meat to sauce.
  • Add celery and carrots.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook 10 to 12 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in peas.
  • Cook a few minutes more, adding more water, if needed.
  • Remove bay leaves before serving.
  • Serve with white rice or small boiled potatoes.

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  • binky67 10 years ago
    I saw Ingrid Hoffman make Ropa Vieja once and it looked so good, I could smell it through the TV.
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