Ropa Vieja

Cuban Beef Casserole

Preparation info

  • Serves

    4

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Cook’s Canon: 101 Recipes Everyone Should Know

The Cook’s Canon

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2003

  • About

Ropa vieja literally means “old clothes.” Maybe tatters would be an even better translation, because the beef is cooked until it can be easily shredded. So far this may not sound like something you want to try, but the end result is a delicious thing, the most famous Cuban dish, with a misleadingly ironic name. When I was in Havana in 2002, each of the paradores (licensed private restaurants) I ate in served its own variation on ropa vieja. This recipe is inspired by th