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Community Cocina: Ropa Vieja Cubana


What a truly wonderful evening! We are so fortunate to have shared another fun filled evening with Breaking Bread with Mira's Chef Mira Johnson, as part of QLatinx's ongoing Community Cocina program. Thank you to our friends at the Orlando United Assistance Center for hosting us this evening. Tonight we learned the traditional method of making a flavorful and delicious Cuban Ropa Vieja.

Thank you to everyone that was able to make it out to learn and engage with the lesson. In case you missed tonight's class, don't worry we've included the recipe below.

Ropa Vieja

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes

  • Cook Time: 4 Hours


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds beef flank steak

  • 1 cup beef broth 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 small onion, sliced

  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and sliced into strips

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.

  3. Transfer beef to a slow cooker.

  4. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar.

  5. Stir until well blended.

  6. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours. When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with tortillas or rice.

Join us next time as we explore continue our exploration into the wonderfully world of Caribbean cuisine and culture. To say up to date on future events and workshops Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter and Instagram by searching for QLatinx.

About Community Cocina

Community Cocina is a multi-cultural education series that seeks to analyze the history and culture of the Latin American, Central American, and Caribbean regions by understanding their roots and exploring them through their music, language, and cuisine.

About Breaking Bread with Mira

Mira's Deli & Catering is a culinary experience focused on scrumptious homemade, nutritional flavors.

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