Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Creole, Cajun, Amerindian, European, Latin American, Indian/South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese. These traditions were brought from many different countries when they came to the Caribbean. In addition, the population has created styles that are unique to the region.
10 Iconic Caribbean Dishes You've Got To Try at Least Once
- Barbados: Coucou and Flying Fish.
- Trinidad & Tobago: Crab & Callaloo.
- Bahamas: Conch Fritters.
- Antigua and Barbuda: Fungee and Pepperpot.
- Puerto Rico: Mofongo.
- Dominican Republic: La Bandera.
- St Lucia: Creole Bread.
- St Kitts & Nevis: Stewed Salt Fish with Dumplings, Spicy Plantains, and Breadfruit.
Ultimate Ropa Vieja (National Dish of Cuba)
This “ultimate” version of Cuba’s most famous dish, Ropa Vieja, is positively PACKED with flavor!! Make a double batch while you’re at it and you’ll be glad you have the leftovers!
Shredded beef and vegetables that resemble a heap of colorful rags – that’s Ropa Vieja. From the Spanish term for “old clothes”, this is one of Cuba’s most popular and beloved dishes. So popular in fact that it’s one of the country’s designated national dishes.
PREP TIME -15 mins
COOK TIME - 4 hrs 30 mins
TOTAL TIME - 4 hrs 45 mins
COURSE - Entree, Main Course
CUISINE - Cuban
SERVINGS - 8 servings
CALORIES - 306 kcal
- 2 pounds chuck ask your butcher to cut it taller than wider so you get long strands of beef along the grain. OR you can use flank steak
- 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced
- 1 of each large green red and yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken broth chicken broth has a stronger/deeper flavor than beef broth
- 1 16 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 large carrot cut in half
- 1 large stalk celery cut in half
- 1 cup Lindsay Naturals Green Olives rinsed and drained (you can slice them if you prefer)
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced Lindsay Roasted Red Peppers drained
- 1/4 cup Lindsay Pimientos drained
- 2 tablespoons Lindsay Capers rinsed and drained
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Pat the beef dry and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Heat a little oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Once very hot add the beef and brown generously on all sides. Transfer the beef to a plate. (Do not discard the drippings and blackened bits in the pot, they are key to the flavor.)
- Add the sliced vegetables to the pot and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until caramelized. Add the garlic and spices and cook for another minute. Add the white wine and bring it to a rapid boil, deglazing the bottom of the pan (scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan).
- Add the broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and bay leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Return the roast to the pot along with the pieces of carrots and celery. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 3-4 hours or until the beef is fork-tender and falls apart easily. Discard the celery, carrots and bay leaves.
- Transfer the beef to a plate and shred it.
- Stir in the olives, roasted red peppers, capers and pimientos. Simmer uncovered to thicken the sauce for 30 minutes. Stir in the parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.
For a variation on traditional beef, you can also use pork or chicken (bone-in/skin-on for the most flavor or boneless breast or thighs).
Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 1509mg | Potassium: 1003mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2740IU | Vitamin C: 39.6mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 5.2mg