Ropa vieja is a Cuban dish that translates to “old clothes”. While this may not be the most appetizing description, it refers to this dish’s signature meat, flank steak, when it breaks down to long, juicy strands of meat after a lengthy braise. While we often think of flank steak as a quick-cook cut best marinated and then grilled over red-hot coals, in this dish we skip the grill and slowly cook the meat to bring out its tender qualities. The green olives, bay leaf, and vinegar in this dish are hallmarks of Cuban cuisine. The addition of vinegar to braises lends acidity to the dish and helps balance the bold, beefy flavor.

Ropa Vieja

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  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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  • 1 lb flank steak, trimmed
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup green olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice


1) Season 1 lb flank steak generously on all sides with kosher salt and pepper. In a Suvie pan stir together green olives, 2 tbsp tomato paste, 3 tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, and 1 bay leaf. Stir to combine.


2) Cut the flank steak into two pieces and nestle into the sauce, turning to coat.


3) Cover steak with the sliced peppers and onions. Place pan in the bottom zone of Suvie. Input settings and cook now or schedule.


Suvie Cook Settings

Bottom Zone: Slow Cook, Low for 10 hours

4) Place the rice in the Suvie rice pot (black handles), cover pot with lid, and place in the Suvie Starch Cooker, ensuring the pot is centered on the hot plate. Fill the reservoir, enter cook settings, and cook now or schedule.

Suvie Starch Cooker Settings

Rice, Long Grain, 1 Cup

5) After cooking, remove pan from Suvie and shred the flank steak with two forks, stirring to combine.


6) Season rope vieja to taste with salt and pepper. Return pan to Suvie and broil for 10-15 minutes until the top of the steak, onions, and peppers begin to char.


7) Fluff the rice with a fork and season to taste with salt. Divide rice between plates and top with the ropa vieja. DSCF6557

Wine Pairing

The bold, hearty flavors of this meal call for a big robust red wine. For a delicious taste sensation, try pairing this meal with a glass of Malbec.

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