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These fast and easy recipes include crispy vaca frita, juicy grilled steak, sloppy joes and more.
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Vaca Frita: Crispy Beef

This recipe for vaca frita ("fried cow") is a close cousin of Cuba's famous ropa vieja, stewed shredded beef in tomato sauce. The beef for vaca frita, however, is marinated in lime, garlic and salt, then seared until crispy. The key to achieving the perfect texture is to cook the beef in small batches, so it sautés rather than steams.

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