Cuban cuisine offers a wide variety of traditional dishes that have withstood the test of time. Today we explore the authentic Cuban dish Ropa Vieja – a classic stew made of shredded beef in a tomato puree base flavored with bell peppers, onion, garlic, white wine and spices. Ropa Vieja is Spanish for “old clothes” by the way. Don’t worry, it tastes a little bit better than that.


Let me paint you a picture: tender melt-in-your-mouth braised beef soaked in the Caribbean style tomato based sauce (allspice and cloves do the job) with a blend of bell peppers, garlic and onion. It is so good, I almost cried. Ropa Vieja is traditionally served with rice and black beans. They go really well together. I mean, really well.