Ropa Vieja is a traditional Cuban dish – its name literally translates to “old clothes” in Spanish because it’s a messy, but delicious and colorful, combination of ingredients: meat, peppers, onions, all thrown together like a pile of old clothes!
- In a large skillet or pot, place the 6 cups of beef broth, vegetable oil, cloves, garlic, cumin, fresh cilantro, bay leaves, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 hours, until the beef is tender.
- Remove meat from heat and reserve broth. Once meat has cooled down, shred and reserve.
- Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, red and green bell pepper. Sauté until the onions become translucent.
- Add the garlic, salt and continue to cook for about 2 additional minutes. Add the tomato puree and 1 cup of reserved broth, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
- Stir in the shredded beef, reduce the heat to low, and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes.
- Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve with white rice and fried plantains.