Last night's meal, Ropa Vieja, was no exception! Ropa Vieja is Spanish for "old clothes," which may not sound very appetizing but it is! The smell and the flavor reminded me of something and it took me a little while to figure out what - it reminds me a little of barbacoa from Chipotle, which makes me think this would also be wonderful in burritos.
|This is in the crock pot after a few hours of cooking. (I guess|
I should have taken the lid off for the photo so it would
have come out a little more clear.)
|And here is the finished product, with the meat and veggies|
all mixed together like old clothes in the wash!
- 1 Tbsp (tablespoon) ground cumin
- 1 tsp (teaspoon) smoked paprika
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 pounds beef or pork stew meat or roast (get what's on sale: I used beef chuck shoulder roast)
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 red bell peppers, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 yellow apples, peeled and grated (I'm not sure why it calls for yellow apples specifically; I used empire apples I had and it worked out great)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
*I'll add one more note about the meat: The roast I used had a layer of fat on the top and bottom and I figured it would melt during cooking. It didn't and I ended up pulling out a few fairly large ribbons of fat before I served this. It might be worth attempting to cut the fat off ahead of time if it's a thick layer like it was on mine.