Ropa Vieja with Capers
This classic Cuban beef stew is called ropa vieja—"old clothes"—because the juicy beef is shredded like rags. The version here is the ideal recipe for a lazy Sunday afternoon: It is long-simmered and makes enough for two meals. On Sunday night, serve the meat with rice and beans. Later in the week, reheat it gently in a large pot, covered, for 15 minutes, then wrap it in warm tortillas with avocado slices, chopped red onion, hot sauce and cilantro and add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Plus: More Beef Recipes and Tips
The beef stew can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
Steamed white rice and black or pinto beans.
To drink, try a Barbera from the Piedmont region of Italy. Its wonderful acidity will blend with the stew's acidic tomatoes, so the wine will end up tasting smoother, rounder and richer.