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A deliciously meaty and flavorful Cuban dish!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Skirt (or Flank) Steak
  • 4 whole Medium Onions, Coarsely Chopped, Divided Into Two Portions
  • 2 whole Carrots, Coarsely Chopped
  • 3 whole Celery Stalks, Coarsely Chopped
  • 2 leaves Bay Leaves
  • ½ cups Dry Red Wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Minced
  • 3 whole Green Bell Peppers, Seeded And Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 cans (14 Oz. Size) No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
  • ½ cups Cilantro Leaves, Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin

Preparation

In a large stock pot, put in the meat, 2 chopped onions, carrot, celery and bay leaf. Cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

When meat is very tender, turn off heat and let meat cool in liquid for about 20 minutes. Then remove the meat from the broth. Set aside.

Strain broth through a sieve into another large pot and discard vegetables. Return the pot of broth to medium heat, add wine, and boil until the liquid is reduced by half, about 20 to 30 minutes.

When meat is cool, cut off any fat and pull the meat into shreds about 1 inch wide. Set aside.

While broth is reducing, heat oil in a large skillet. Over medium heat, cook the remaining half of onions, the garlic, jalapeno and green peppers until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir in 3 cups of the reduced broth, vinegar and tomatoes. There will not be much, if any, leftover broth in the pot after 3 cups. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in shredded meat, cilantro, oregano, thyme, and cumin. Cook 10 minutes more. Serve with corn tortillas or rice.

Don’t forget to add leftovers to scrambled eggs the next morning!

Recipe adapted from Michael Chiarello.

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Mama Holli of Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! on 1.28.2013

This looks so yummy! Will have to try!

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Minnow in Hampton Roads on 5.25.2013

This is unbelievably flavorful! I had coarse-ground grits so I served it over them and it was just perfect. Thanks so much for such a terrific recipe.

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