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RITZ Ropa Vieja Bites

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0 min



Ingredient list

  • ¼ cup oil, divided
  • 1 beef flank steak  (2 lb.)
  • 2 white onion s, cut lengthwise into thin slices, then crosswise into 1-inch-long strips
  • 2 EACH green and red pepper s, cut lengthwise into thin slices, then crosswise into 1-inch-long strips
  • 5 large garlic  cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 1½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. EACH salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 12 RITZ Crackers
  • ⅓ cup cooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 Tbsp. rinsed canned black beans
  • 12 fresh cilantro  leaves

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Recipe Tips


Heat oven to 250°F. Place oven rack in lower third of oven.


Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in ovenproof heavy Dutch oven or large cast-iron saucepan on medium-high heat.  Add steak; cook 5 min. on each side or until evenly browned on both sides.  Remove steak from pan; cover to keep warm.


Add onions and peppers to Dutch oven along with the remaining oil; cook 10 to 12 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.  Spoon half of the cooked vegetables into bowl; cool, then refrigerate for later use in recipe.  Add garlic to vegetables remaining in pan; cook and stir 3 min. Stir in dry seasonings; cook 1 min., stirring constantly.  Add tomato puree and beef broth; stir.  Bring to boil. 


Return steak to pan; spoon vegetables over steak to completely cover steak.  Add bay leaf; cover. Place pan in oven.


Bake 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until steak is very tender.  Remove pan from oven.  Let steak and vegetables stand 15 min.  Use tongs to transfer steak to cutting board, leaving vegetables and sauce in pan. Let stand at room temperature until ready to use.


Cut steak lengthwise in half, then use 2 forks to pull steak into shreds.  Cut shreds into 1-inch lengths. 


Remove and discard bay leaf from ingredients in pan.  Use spoon to skim and discard fat from surface of sauce.  Return meat to sauce in pan.  Add reserved cooked vegetables; stir. 


Spoon 1/2 cup meat mixture into saucepan; cook over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.  Cool remaining meat mixture, then refrigerate until ready to use as desired. 


Cook rice and beans in separate pans until heated through.


Top crackers with rice, meat mixture, beans and cilantro just before serving.  

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