Spice Up Your Life With This Spicy Cuban Stew!


My love for food came from my grandmother. She is Cuban and can throw it down in the kitchen! That woman is the best cook ever! I really do mean that. She should have been a chef or had her own restaurant. She can make any recipe taste better than anyone that made it. She has that knack for cooking without looking at a recipe. I would ask her for recipes and she would tell me that she just puts a little bit of this in or a pinch of this in.

So. I would usually have to watch her and write down what she was putting in a recipe and then estimate the size. Very difficult! And let me tell you no matter how hard I try I cannot make the food taste as good as grandma’s! What a shame! Oh well at least I have the wonderful memories of her cooking that I can take with me wherever I go. I will try my best to cook like her, but I cannot make promises! Maybe I will get better with age?

My favorite dish that she would make is called Ropa Vieja, which is shredded beef stew; Cuban style of course! I loved this dish so much. I would be so happy when I would walk in the door and smell this cooking. Such a nice thing to come home to. I never got her recipe, which made me sad. Until I found  this recipe and it’s as close as it’s going to get. It’s a fantastic recipe that brings me back to my grandma’s cooking!

Recipe and photo credit courtesy of Panning The Globe.


Quick Tip: Serve over white rice.