Saturday, May 2, 2009

Ropa Vieja

2.5 lbs. flank steak
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 mild chilies, chopped
1 carrot, peeled
1 big onion, diced
4 big tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, peeled
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 celery stalk
1 bell pepper, chopped
dash cayenne to taste
Put the meat in a pot and cover with water. Add the carrot, the peeled onion, and the celery stalk. Boil, then simmer 1-2 hours or until the meat is tender. Remove from heat and cool in the liquid. Remove and shred the beef when cool. Reserve stock. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Cook the diced onion, garlic, and green pepper about 5 minutes. Add the chilies, tomatoes, and tomato paste, plus 2 cups of the stock. Add cayenne. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Raise the heat and uncover until sauce thickens some. Pour sauce over beef. Serve hot.

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