What’s Cooking Wednesday: Ropa Vieja Recipe

ropa“Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.” ~ Proverbs 15:17

Ok, so I need a little more than just herbs to make me happy, but I love the sentiment of this verse. It doesn’t matter how fancy (or not fancy) the meal is if there is love; it’s still way better than the best meal where there is hatred. Our dinners are not overly fancy or complicated, but there is always love here!

Last week on our tenth wedding anniversary, I needed a meal with a whole lot of love! I didn’t need fancy. I didn’t need tons of sides. I just needed delicious! Since grass-fed, hormone free red meat is so expensive, we do not eat it very often in our house. But this was a special day, so I decided to give us a special treat of ropa vieja. A loose English translation from the Spanish favorite is “dirty laundry”. The idea is that whatever you have left will be good enough. A true reflection of Proverbs 15:17. With just a handful of ingredients, it’s fast, inexpensive and so good!


Heidi’s Ropa Vieja Recipe

Minutes to Prepare: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Number of Servings: 4

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pound of beef flank steak (or stew cubes)
Salt/Pepper to taste
1/2 cup of beef broth (or water)
1 jar (1 pound, 10 oz) of Ragu chunky tomato sauce ( I do the chunky tomato, onion, garlic)
1 green bell pepper or poblano pepper (seeded and chopped)
4 oz can of chopped green chilies
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes (more for hotter, less for milder)
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1) Sprinkle sea salt/pepper on meat and then sear meat in oil.
2) Chop pepper and combine all ingredients except meat in the crock pot.
3) Add meat and cover with sauce. Cook on low for 10 hrs (or high for 5 hrs).
5) Serve over rice, with baked potato, or with side salad.

Enjoy! And be sure to check back in and tell me what you thought of this dish!

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