Ropa Vieja

Old Clothes

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By Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz

Published 1973

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This is a traditional Spanish dish that migrated early to the Caribbean, and remains popular in the Spanish-speaking islands, as indeed it does throughout Latin America. This Cuban version is a very good one.


  • lb. flank steak
  • 1 carrot, scraped and sliced
  • 1 turnip, peeled and cubed


Put the beef with the carrot, turnip and leek on to cook in sufficient water to cover, and simmer gently until it is tender, about 1½ hours, in a covered pot. Allow it to cool sufficiently to handle then shred it until it resembles its name, old clothes which are in rags. Reserve the stock.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy frying pan and sauté the onion, garlic, bell pepper and hot pepper