Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ropa Vieja

My freezer has been full of tomato sauce from a large tomato haul from the garden earlier this summer.  Recently my garden provided a glut of poblano peppers as well.  This creation was driven by ingredients on hand.  My second try at Ropa Vieja turned out a well.  Recipe follows:

Ropa Vieja
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 lb flank steak
3 Cups tomato sauce
1 Onion
1 Cup diced poblano peppers
6 Cloves Garlic  diced
1 tsp Cumin
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp pepper

Add olive oil to a pan and heat.  Salt and pepper the flank steak and brown on each side 2-3 minutes.  Add the flank steak and remaining ingredients to a crock pot, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  Shred the meat and serve with any number of things including Spanish rice, vegetables, or tacos.  Most recipes called for the addition of beef stock that I found unnecessary as the flank steak provides a lot of juice on its own.  Carrots and cilantro would also make great additions.  Bell peppers are typically used in place of poblanos.  Improvise and enjoy.

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