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Ropa Vieja

The archipelago of The Canary Islands, though just off the coast of Africa, is officially part of Spain. The islands would be the last stop ships made on their way to The New World, and the first stop on their way back. This meat dish originated there and made its way to both Spain and Latin America.


  • Prep Time : 5 min
  • Cook Time : 2 hour, 35 min
  • Ready Time : 2 hour, 40 min




  • 1 (2-pound) skirt steak
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium ovenproof Dutch oven or heavy pot, place steak, carrots, yellow onions, celery, garlic, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Cover with water, and put a lid on the pot. Transfer to the oven and bake until the steak is tender and falling apart, about 2 hours.

Transfer meat to a plate, and let cool. Strain liquid and return to pot, discarding vegetables and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce by about half, simmering rapidly for about 20 minutes. Shred meat when it is cool enough to handle. Return meat to strained sauce, add diced tomatoes, and keep warm over low heat.

In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add red onions and bell peppers, and sauté until softened and tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. To serve, combine shredded meat with sautéed onions and peppers. Arrange on a serving plate and drizzle sauce on top.

As published in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller (Purim 2012) – Subscribe Now


Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 538
  • Total Fat: 26g
  • Cholesterol: 134mg
  • Sodium: 252mg
  • Total Carbs: 10g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 2.7g
  • Protein: 62g

About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




One Response to Ropa Vieja

  1. This looks fantastic! Great way to change up the usual Shabbat menu!

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