Recipe: Cuban ropa vieja

Ropa vieja is a really good and traditional recipe that consists of a mix of ingredients. It is very popular in Cuba.

Cuban Ropa Vieja (6 pax)


  • A piece of skirt meat.
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • 4 cloves of garlic.
  • 3/4 cup dry wine.
  • 1 teaspoon cumin.
  • 2 medium peppers (one red and one green).
  • 1 spoonful of full seasoning.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika.
  • A cup tomato puree.
  • 1/4 cup olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 large onion.


  1. Firstly, you must cook the piece of meat skirt in a pressure cooker. You should cook it with water to cover it, a pinch of salt and bay leaves for 20 minutes after it starts boiling.
  2. On the other hand, if you cook it in a conventional casserole, the cooking time will be approximately 2 hours.
  3. Then, once it is cooked, you should wait for it to cool and drain. Reserve that broth where it was cooked. At this moment, crumble or fray.
  4. Next, you must prepare a good sauce. For this, heat in a deep pan, the oil and add the onion and the peppers that previously cut in small squares and crushed garlic.
  5. Then add the rest of ingredients: tomato puree, spices, dry wine, and a little the broth in which you cooked the meat. Finally, incorporate the frayed meat.
  6. You stir everything well and let it cook for about 10 minutes with medium heat.
  7. It is ready to eat!

We recommend you to prepare this recipe and continue to learn more about the gastronomic culture of Cuba.