Beef Stew never sounded so beautiful, or tasted so good. The literal translation for Ropa Vieja in Spanish is “Old Clothes”. This comes from the concept of shredded beef in a medley of vegetables and special sauce. A mishmash of ingredients, so to speak. That said, it is absolutely decadent when made the right way.
I first had this dish at an authentic Cuban restaurant here in New York- uptown Manhattan. I was hesitant my boyfriend insisted I try it. I am so glad that he did. It was amazing! I immediately started to take taste bud inventory of what I was eating so that I could replicate at home. While there are a ton of ingredients, you pretty much throw everything in a slowcooker and leave it. There isn’t much skill involved- which makes this recipe that much better.