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Cuban Ropa Vieja (Beef Stewed in Red Wine)

Created by Chuck,


A staple of Cuban cuisine, ropa vieja literally means "old clothes", probably a reference to the shredded beef which is cooked in a tomato-red wine sauce. It has a wonderful tangy taste - I get requests for it often!
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3 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup water
1 onion, large, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup red wine, dry


Rub a little salt and pepper into the chuck roast. Heat a large covered frying pan and add a little oil. Brown meat well on both sides, then add 1 cup water. Cover and simmer until very tender, about 2 hours. If it gets dry, add more water.

Allow meat to cool in juices, then remove from pan, debone, and shred the meat. Set aside in a bowl with the pan juices.

Reheat the pan, and add remaining oil. Saute onion and garlic just until clear. Add green pepper and saute a few minutes more. Add remaining ingredients, including meat and juices, and simmer 15-20 minutes more.

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