Ropa Vieja with Patatas Bravas

  • Author: Jenne Kopalek
  • Prep Time: 1 hours
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x


Ropa vieja is flank steak slow cooked in spices sided with patatas bravas.




  • 4 lb. flank steak
  • 1 white onion, sliced in rounds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 3 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 bag red potatoes; quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt


  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 112 oz. can tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large, deep glass baking dish add flank steak and top with onions. Add minced garlic, chipotle peppers, jalapeno, bell peppers, vinegar, and cilantro. Top with diced tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetable broth. Add in oregano, cumin, paprika, and bay leaves. Cover with foil and cook for five hours until meat pulls apart and is tender.


  1. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper layer quartered red potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and top with sea salt. Pop into the oven with Ropa Vieja and cook for about 45 minutes until tender. Once tender broil potatoes on high for 3 minutes until browned. If potatoes are browned by just baking there is no need to broil.


  1. In a saute pan, add olive oil, minced garlic, and onion. Top with a bit of salt. Cook on medium to low heat until onion becomes translucent. Careful not to brown the garlic or onions. If they start to brown lower the heat. Once translucent add in tomato paste, water and spices. Whisk well. Add hot sauce and cook on low until sauce is thickened. Once thickened turn off heat and use to top potatoes.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Cuban
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