Carne Desmechada or Ropa Vieja is a very popular recipe in Colombia and Latin America. This classic beef dish is very easy, and is great over rice, patacones and arepas. It can also be used as a filling for tacos or empanadas.

Carne Desmechada o Ropa Vieja

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Colombian, Latin American
Keyword: Beef
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients

Arepa con Carne Desmechada (Arepa with Shredded Meat)

  • 4 Arepas cooked, corn cakes
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 large Plantain ripe, peeled and diced
  • 1 Avocado diced
  • Cilantro fresh for garnish

Carne Desmechada o Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef)

  • 2 pounds Flank Steak
  • 9 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • ½ cups Hogao
  • 1 teaspoon Tomato Paste
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • ½ cups Hogao
  • 1 teaspoon Tomato Paste

Instructions

Carne Desmechada o Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef)

  • In a pot, place the flank steak, water, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat is cooked.
  • Measure 1 cup of the liquid used to cook the meat. Set aside.
  • Remove the beef from the pot, let it cool and shred with a fork or your hands.
  • In a saucepan, place the shredded beef, hogao, tomato paste and 1 cup of beef liquid. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Arepa con Carne Desmechada (Arepa with Shredded Meat)

  • In a medium skillet, melt the butter and add the diced plantains. Brown the plantains for about 3 minutes and set aside.
  • Place an arepa on a serving plate, top with the carne desmechada and add avocado and plantain.
  • Sprinkle fresh cilantro and serve.

Notes

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