Three Guys From Miami: Cuban and Spanish Food Recipes

Raúl Musibay: The name of this dish in Spanish is "Old Clothes." 

Jorge Castillo: It's probably called that because the meat gets stringy and frayed. 

Glenn Lindgren: Which looks like a lot like Raúl's "lucky" fishing shirt, the one his wife Esther finally threw out one day when he wasn't looking! 

Raúl Musibay: Hey, I caught a lot of fish with that shirt!

Ropa Vieja -- Shredded Beef in Sauce

By Three Guys From Miami

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings

Fork-tender beef infused with Caribbean flavor.


4 pounds chuck or arm roast, well marbled
2 tablespoons olive oil for browning
1/3 cup flour for dusting meat
1 green pepper, chunked
1 onion sliced
5 cloves garlic chopped


2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, mashed with 1 teaspoon salt
2 green peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil (for sautéing)
4 ounces tomato paste
1 (32-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 cup red wine
1 bay leaf
salt and black pepper to taste

Do not trim excess fat from meat before cooking! (You can remove the fat when you shred the beef.) Salt and pepper the meat and lightly dust with flour.

Brown the meat in oil in a large Dutch oven. Add enough water to surround the meat, but NOT cover it. Add chunked green pepper, sliced onion, and garlic. Simmer, covered, until meat is fork tender, about two hours. (Add more water as necessary to keep from burning!)

Remove from heat and cool. Discard vegetables. Shred the meat.

Sauté onions, garlic and green pepper in oil in the same pan you cooked the meat in until limp. Add tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, cumin, red wine and bay leaf. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and cook on low for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf and serve with rice.

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